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Labellar lobe spreading in the blow fly regulation by taste and satiety



Labellar lobe spreading in the blow fly regulation by taste and satiety



Journal of Comparative Physiology A Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology 121(1): 115-134



Lobe spreading behavior was studied by recording electromyograms from the muscles which spread the labellar lobes, the retractors of the furca (RF) in Phormia regina. RF responses and lobe spreading could be elicited by stimulating labellar, but not tarsal, taste hairs with sucrose. RF activity was important to spread the lobes at the beginning of a meal, but was not necessary for continued feeding. Temporal summation between sugar receptor spikes was necessary to elicit RF responses. Central response decrement occurred independently for different labellar hairs and could participate in the termination of motor responses. RF responses were more probable and more intense when either the sucrose concentration of the stimulus or thenumber of hairs stimulated was increased. Stimulation with NaCl had no effect on the response to simultaneous sucrose stimulation of other hairs. Feeding caused decreases in the probability and intensity of motor responses, but did not alter chemosensory responses. Section of either the recurrent or median abdominal nerves prevented this post-ingestional inhibition of lobe spreading. Results are discussed with regard to the possible role that regulation of lobe spreading may play in the control of food intake.

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