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Elife. 2016 May 13;5. pii: e14859. doi: 10.7554/eLife.14859.

The wiring diagram of a glomerular olfactory system.

Author information

1
Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States.
2
Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States.
3
EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Program, Centre for Genomic Regulation, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Barcelona, Spain.
4
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
5
Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, United States.

Abstract

The sense of smell enables animals to react to long-distance cues according to learned and innate valences. Here, we have mapped with electron microscopy the complete wiring diagram of the Drosophila larval antennal lobe, an olfactory neuropil similar to the vertebrate olfactory bulb. We found a canonical circuit with uniglomerular projection neurons (uPNs) relaying gain-controlled ORN activity to the mushroom body and the lateral horn. A second, parallel circuit with multiglomerular projection neurons (mPNs) and hierarchically connected local neurons (LNs) selectively integrates multiple ORN signals already at the first synapse. LN-LN synaptic connections putatively implement a bistable gain control mechanism that either computes odor saliency through panglomerular inhibition, or allows some glomeruli to respond to faint aversive odors in the presence of strong appetitive odors. This complete wiring diagram will support experimental and theoretical studies towards bridging the gap between circuits and behavior.

KEYWORDS:

D. melanogaster; Drosophila; connectomics; electron microscopy; neural circuits; neuroscience; olfaction

PMID:
27177418
PMCID:
PMC4930330
DOI:
10.7554/eLife.14859
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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