Behavioral Neuroscience, lecture on Afferent Path and SCN
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Behavioral Neuroscience
Electric Fish and JAR Behavior
Afferent Path of Electroreception
Control of Electric Organ Discharge
Efferent Output producing EOD
Jamming Avoidance Response
Electric field Glutamate
Electric Fish Figures
Electric Fish Circuitry
Acronyms/Abbreviations    end
V.v. g-aminobutyric Acid (GABA) 			


		1. formed from Glu by L-glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) 

			a. GABA shunt: bypass from Kreb's to provide glutamate 

			b. GABA catabolized by GABA-T
			  (GABA transaminase = a-ketoglutarate aminotransferase) 
				i. NH3 to glutamate synthesis 

		2. inhibitory amino acid transmitter = inhibits firing of neurons 

	B. Receptors - 2 major types   

 		1. GABAA = ligand-gated Cl- channel 

			a. postsynaptic inhibition: hyperpolarizing
			   postsynaptic membrane
				i. influx of Cl- 

			b. GABAA on GABA neurons is functionally
			   presynaptic inhibition  

			c. 5 subunits - 2a + 2b + 1g  (usually) 

				i. a binds benzodiazepines (valium) 

				ii. b binds GABA

				iii. other sites near membrane bind barbiturates, anesthetics,
				     alcohols and H2O, neuroactive steroids; and
				     inside bind convulsants and picrotoxin 

				iv. extraordinary structural diversity: a1-6, b1-4, g1-3, d, e, q, r1-2 

					(1) yields functional diversity 

				v. superfamily of ligand gated channels including
				   nicotinic, 5-HT3, NMDA, AMPA, KA & glycine-R 

			b. GABAB 	(fewer) 

				i. often presynaptic

					1)G K+ ® open K+ or close Ca++ channels

						(a) autoreceptors inhibit GABA neurons
						    by hyperpolarization
					(2) also Gi®X AC

				ii. sometimes postsynaptic 
					(1) ­ phospholipase A2 ® ­ cAMP 

			c. GABAC in retina
				i. more sensitive Cl- channel

			d. GABA transporter (GABAT)

	C. GABA projections,   

		1.  GABA interneurons in many brain regions
			a. intrinsic neurons in cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum,
			   suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), olfactory bulb and retina... 

		2. projections from hypothalamus to cerebral cortex

			a. direct pathway for limbic, emotional, and visceral 
			   information to reach the cortex 

			b. IGL to SCN shell neurons colocalize NPY

		3. projections of striatum to substantia nigra Acetylcholine

VI. Efferent output producing EOD