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The power law distribution for walking-time intervals correlates with the ellipsoid-body in Drosophila.
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PMID:  12092904     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The temporal properties of a variety of behavioral traits obey power law distributions, a property often referred to as fractal. We recently showed that the temporal pattern of locomotor activity of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster follows this distribution. Although an increasing number of such fractal patterns are being discovered, the brain areas and neuronal networks responsible remain unknown. In this study, we show that specifically blocking synapses established by neurons of the Drosophila ellipsoid-body, a substructure of the central complex in the brain, leads to a loss of the fractal properties in the temporal pattern. We conclude that the temporal fractal pattern of locomotor activity is regulated in the ellipsoid-body.
J Martin; P Faure; R Ernst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurogenetics     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0167-7063     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurogenet.     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-02     Completed Date:  2002-07-12     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406473     Medline TA:  J Neurogenet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bases Neurales du Mouvement chez la Drosophile, NAMC, CNRS, UMR-8620 Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / physiology*
DNA-Binding Proteins
Drosophila melanogaster / physiology*
Fungal Proteins / genetics
Gene Targeting / methods
Motor Activity / physiology*
Neurons / physiology
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
Synapses / physiology
Time Perception / physiology*
Transcription Factors / genetics
Reg. No./Substance:
0/DNA-Binding Proteins; 0/Fungal Proteins; 0/GAL4 protein, S cerevisiae; 0/Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins; 0/Transcription Factors

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