Sensory correlates of imaginal conditioning in Drosophila melanogaster Journal Article

Author(s): Chakraborty Tuhin, Subhra; Goswami, Sarit P; Siddiqi, Obaid
Article Title: Sensory correlates of imaginal conditioning in Drosophila melanogaster
Abstract: Chemotactic responses of Drosophila to certain esters and alcohols are experience dependent. When the flies are exposed after eclosion to these chemicals, the odorants become strongly attractive. We show that behavioral conditioning is accompanied by an increase in the electrophysiological responses of single neurons in sensilla basiconica. Sensitization involves odorants that act on a common olfactory receptor. The possible mechanism of imaginal conditioning and its ecological and evolutionary significance are discussed.
Keywords: Animals; Female; Drosophila melanogaster/*physiology; Behavior, Animal; Chemotaxis/physiology; Conditioning (Psychology)/*physiology; Feeding Behavior/physiology; Odors; Olfactory Perception/*physiology; Olfactory Receptor Neurons/physiology; Reinforcement (Psychology); Sensory Receptor Cells/physiology; Transfer (Psychology)/physiology
Journal Title: Journal of Neurogenetics
Volume: 23
Issue 1-2
ISSN: 1563-5260
Publisher: Informa Healthcare  
Publication Place: United States
Date Published: 2009-01-01
Start Page: 210
End Page: 9
Language: eng
DOI: 10.1080/01677060802491559
Open access: no