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Role of synchronization in the chemical stimuli applied to the stomatogastric nervous system of Callinectes sapidus

Grant number: 16/16765-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2017
Effective date (End): December 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biophysics
Principal Investigator:Reynaldo Daniel Pinto
Grantee:Guilherme Martins Lopes
Home Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Most neurons of a nervous system experience patterns of stimuli consisting on activity dependent discontinuous small drug puffs during normal operation. In this project we experimentally address the effects of glutamate in the in vitro normal operation of the stomatogastric ganglion of Callinectes sapidus. We will apply a real time stimuli protocol to address how different patterns emerge from the circuit when the stimuli is switched from synchronous to asynchronous, both with same average pulse frequency. (AU)