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Document type:
Article 
Author(s):
Bothe, Maximilian S.; Luksch, Harald; Straka, Hans; Kohl, Tobias 
Title:
Synaptic convergence of afferent inputs in primary infrared-sensitive nucleus (LTTD) neurons of rattlesnakes (Crotalinae as the origin for sensory contrast enhancement 
Abstract:
Pitvipers have a specialized sensory system in the upper jaw to detect infrared (IR) radiation. The bilateral pit organs resemble simple pinhole cameras that map IR objects onto the sensory epithelium as blurred representations of the environment. Trigeminal afferents transmit information about changing temperature patterns as neuronal spike discharge in a topographic manner to the hindbrain nucleus of the lateral descending trigeminal tract (LTTD). A presumed, yet so far unknown neuronal connec...    »
 
Keywords:
Pit organ; EPSP; IPSP; Organotopic organization; Contrast enhancement 
Journal title:
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY 
Year:
2018 
Journal volume:
221 
Month:
SEP 
Journal issue:
17 
Language:
English 
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Publisher:
COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD 
Print-ISSN:
0022-0949