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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2015 Oct;34:79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2015.02.001. Epub 2015 Feb 22.

Hearing in Drosophila.

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1
Ear Institute, University College London, 332 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8EE, UK. Electronic address: joerg.albert@ucl.ac.uk.
2
Department of Cellular Neurobiology, University of Göttingen, Julia-Lermontowa-Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen, Germany. Electronic address: mgoepfe@gwdg.de.

Abstract

The dissection of the Drosophila auditory system has revealed multiple parallels between fly and vertebrate hearing. Recent studies have analyzed the operation of auditory sensory cells and the processing of sound in the fly's brain. Neuronal responses to sound have been characterized, and novel classes of auditory neurons have been defined; transient receptor potential (TRP) channels were implicated in auditory transduction, and genetic and environmental causes of auditory dysfunctions have been identified. This review discusses the implications of these recent advances on our understanding of how hearing happens in the fly.

PMID:
25710304
PMCID:
PMC4582067
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2015.02.001
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