Electrophysiological analysis of the temperature-sensitive paralytic Drosophila mutant, parats

Gadi Benshalom, Daniel Dagan

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Paralysis of flight in the temperature-sensitive Drosophila mutant parats was found to be dependent on the rate of heating (Fig. 2). The gradual nature of the onset of paralysis during the temperature elevation was revealed by recording the electrical responses of the thoracic flight muscle fibers, evoked by cervical stimulation (Figs. 3,4). A neural focus of the mutation was indicated by intracellular current injections into identified flight muscle fibers during paralysis (Fig. 5) and by electrical activity recorded from gynandromorph flies, mosaic for parats (Table 1). Recording from picrotoxin-treated flies excluded a previous explanation of paralysis by a temperature-induced augmentation of GABAergic inhibition (Fig. 6). Under the same treatment, evidence was presented for a heterogeneous increase of excitation threshold for spike generation in certain neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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