Distinct intrinsic membrane properties determine differential information processing between main and accessory olfactory bulb mitral cells

S. Zibman, G. Shpak, S. Wagner

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Abstract

Most mammals rely on semiochemicals, such as pheromones, to mediate their social interactions. Recent studies found that semiochemicals are perceived by at least two distinct chemosensory systems: the main and accessory olfactory systems, which share many molecular, cellular, and anatomical features. Nevertheless, the division of labor between these systems remained unclear. Previously we suggested that the two olfactory systems differ in the way they process sensory information. In this study we found that mitral cells of the main and accessory olfactory bulbs, the first brain stations of both systems, display markedly different passive and active intrinsic properties which permit distinct types of information processing. Moreover, we found that accessory olfactory bulb mitral cells are divided into three neuronal sub-populations with distinct firing properties. These neuronal sub-populations can be integrated in a simulated neuronal network that neglects episodic stimuli while amplifying reaction to long-lasting signals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalNeuroscience
Volume189
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Information processing
  • Intrinsic neuronal properties
  • Mitral cells
  • Olfactory bulb
  • Olfactory system
  • Vomeronasal system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience

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