Morphology of the central projections of physiologically characterised neurones from the locust metathoracic femoral chordotonal organ
Journal of Comparative Physiology A 170:101-120 (1992)
The metathoracic femoral chordotonal organ of the locust (Locusta migratoria) is an internal proprioceptor composed of mechanosensory neurones which respond to tibial position, velocity, or acceleration, or to combinations of these parameters. Discriminant function analyses confirmed the visual observation that neurones with different responses to tibial movements had different central branching patterns. Some aspects of the projections were consistent for all neurones (e.g., the path taken by the main neurite through the metathoracic ganglion), whereas other regions of branches were consistently reduced or missing in some response classes. Some position and acceleration receptors had no main branches off the main neurite, and must therefore make relatively restricted contact with motor neurones and interneurones. Phasic or tonic neurones which responded in ranges of tibial extension had branches which projected further medial in Dorsal Commissures III and IV than similar neurones which responded in ranges of tibial flexion. I compare my results to previous studies of mapping in the insect CNS.
Key words: Insect - Locust - Chordotonal organ - Central projection - Mapping - Discriminant function analysis - Canonical function analysis