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Variables controlling entry into and exit from the steady-state, one of two modes of feeding in Aplysia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23028872     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Aplysia feeding is a model system for examining the neural mechanisms by which changes in motivational state control behavior. When food is intermittently present, Aplysia eat large meals controlled by a balance between food stimuli exciting feeding and gut stimuli inhibiting feeding. However, when food is continuously present animals are in a state in which feeding is relatively inhibited and animals eat little. We examined which stimuli provided by food and feeding initiate steady-state inhibition of feeding, and which stimuli maintain the inhibition.
RESULTS: Multiple stimuli were found to control entry into the steady-state inhibition, and its maintenance. The major variable governing entry into the steady-state is fill of the gut with bulk provided by food, but this stimulus cannot alone cause entry into the steady-state. Food odor and nutritional stimuli such as increased hemolymph glucose and L-arginine concentrations also contribute to inhibition of feeding leading to entry into the steady-state. Although food odor can alone cause some inhibition of feeding, it does not amplify the effect of gut fill. By contrast, neither increased hemolymph glucose nor L-arginine alone inhibits feeding in hungry animals, but both amplify the inhibitory effects of food odor, and increased glucose also amplifies the effect of gut fill. The major variable maintaining the steady-state is the continued presence of food odor, which can alone maintain the steady-state for 48-72 hrs. Neither increased glucose nor L-arginine can alone preserve the steady-state, although they partially preserve it. Glucose and arginine partially extend the effect of food odor after 72 hrs.
CONCLUSIONS: These findings show that control of Aplysia feeding is more complex than was previously thought, in that multiple inhibitory factors interact in its control.
Nimrod Miller; Silvia Marcovich; Abraham J Susswein
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-09-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  PloS one     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1932-6203     ISO Abbreviation:  PLoS ONE     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  2013-02-28     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101285081     Medline TA:  PLoS One     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e45241     Citation Subset:  IM    
Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Aplysia / drug effects,  physiology*
Arginine / pharmacology
Feeding Behavior / drug effects,  physiology*
Glucose / physiology
Hemolymph / chemistry
Hunger / physiology*
Models, Animal
Nervous System
Reg. No./Substance:
50-99-7/Glucose; 74-79-3/Arginine

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