Title

Prolonged Response to Calling Songs by the L3 Auditory Interneuron in Female Crickets (Acheta domesticus): Possible Roles in Regulating Phonotactic Threshold and Selectiveness for Call Carrier Frequency

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2003

Abstract

L3, an auditory interneuron in the prothoracic ganglion of female crickets (Acheta domesticus) exhibited two kinds of responses to models of the male's calling song (CS): a previously described, phasically encoded immediate response; a more tonically encoded prolonged response. The onset of the prolonged response required 3-8 sec of stimulation to reach its maximum spiking rate and 6-20 sec to decay once the calling song ceased. It did not encode the syllables of the chirp. The prolonged response was sharply selective for the 4-5 kHz carrier frequency of the male's calling songs and its threshold tuning matched the threshold tuning of phonotaxis, while the immediate response of the same neuron was broadly tuned to a wide range of carrier frequencies. The thresholds for the prolonged response covaried with the changing phonotactic thresholds of 2- and 5-day-old females. Treatment of females with juvenile hormone reduced the thresholds for both phonotaxis and the prolonged response by equivalent amounts. Of the 3 types of responses to CSs provided by the ascending L1 and L3 auditory interneurons, the threshold for L3's prolonged response, on average, best matched the same females phonotactic threshold. The prolonged response was stimulated by inputs from both ears while L3's immediate response was driven only from its axon-ipsilateral ear. The prolonged response was not selective for either the CS's syllable period or chirp rate. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Journal Title

Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Comparative Experimental Biology

Volume

296

Issue

1

First Page

72

Last Page

85

DOI

10.1002/jez.a.10243

First Department

Biology

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