Decoding the intensity of sensory input by two glutamate receptors in one C. elegans interneuron.
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Zou, W., Fu, J., Zhang, H., Du, K., Huang, W., Yu, J., Li, S., et al. (2018). Decoding the intensity of sensory input by two glutamate receptors in one C. elegans interneuron.. Nature communications, 9 (1), 4311. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06819-5
How neurons are capable of decoding stimulus intensity and translate this information into complex behavioral outputs is poorly defined. Here, we demonstrate that the C. elegans interneuron AIB regulates two types of behaviors: reversal initiation and feeding suppression in response to different concentrations of quinine. Low concentrations of quinine are decoded in AIB by a low-threshold, fast-inactivation glutamate receptor GLR-1 and translated into reversal initiation. In contrast, high concentrations of quinine are decoded by a high-threshold, slow-inactivation glutamate receptor GLR-5 in AIB. After activation, GLR-5 evokes sustained Ca2+ release from the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)- sensitive Ca2+ stores and triggers neuropeptide secretion, which in turn activates the downstream neuron RIM and inhibits feeding. Our results reveal that distinct signal patterns in a single interneuron AIB can encode differential behavioral outputs depending on the stimulus intensity, thus highlighting the importance of functional mapping of information propagation at the single-neuron level during connectome construction.
Interneurons, Animals, Caenorhabditis elegans, Quinine, Carrier Proteins, Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins, Receptors, AMPA, Feeding Behavior, Sensory Thresholds, Calcium Signaling, Sensory Receptor Cells
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06819-5
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