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J Comp Neurol. 1995 Sep 4;359(4):627-43.

Distribution in the central nervous system of Aplysia of afferent fibers arising from cell bodies located in the periphery.

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Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York 10032, USA.


The present study using autoradiography to determine the location of the projections of presumptive peripheral afferent neurons into the central nervous system of Aplysia. Selected peripheral tissues (with an emphasis on structures involved in feeding behavior) were exposed to radioactive amino acids, and the distribution of macromolecules transported into the nervous system via afferent fibers was determined by autoradiography. Different regions of the body exhibited different patterns of projections, and, within the neuropil of the cerebral ganglion, there was a loose topographical organization of projections from the head. For some regions of the body, the projections was largely limited to the ganglion from which the nerve enters; for other regions, the projection was very widespread. In some cases (e.g., rhinophore to eye), there was evidence of projections from one peripheral structure to another. Experiments with all peripheral tissues that were studied resulted in extensive labeling of central ganglia, indicating that afferents with peripheral cell bodies may provide a major source of sensory input to the central nervous system and suggesting that many or all of the numerous ultrafine axons visualized via electron microscopy in the nerves of Aplysia may originate from first- or second-order sensory afferents whose cell bodies are located in the periphery.

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