Direct neural pathways convey distinct visual information to Drosophila mushroom bodies

Vogt, K., Aso, Y., Hige, T., Knapek, S., Ichinose, T., Friedrich, A. B., Turner, G. C., Rubin, G. M., Tanimoto, H. (April 2016) Direct neural pathways convey distinct visual information to Drosophila mushroom bodies. Elife, 5. ISSN 2050-084X (Electronic)2050-084X (Linking)

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URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27083044
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.14009

Abstract

Previously, we demonstrated that visual and olfactory associative memories of Drosophila share mushroom body (MB) circuits (Vogt et al., 2014). Unlike for odor representation, the MB circuit for visual information has not been characterized. Here, we show that a small subset of MB Kenyon cells (KCs) selectively responds to visual but not olfactory stimulation. The dendrites of these atypical KCs form a ventral accessory calyx (vAC), distinct from the main calyx that receives olfactory input. We identified two types of visual projection neurons (VPNs) directly connecting the optic lobes and the vAC. Strikingly, these VPNs are differentially required for visual memories of color and brightness. The segregation of visual and olfactory domains in the MB allows independent processing of distinct sensory memories and may be a conserved form of sensory representations among insects.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: D. melanogaster anatomy behavior learning and memory neural circuit neuroscience physiology
Subjects: organism description > animal > insect > Drosophila
organism description > animal behavior > learning
organism description > animal behavior > memory
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions > cell types > neurons > neuronal circuits
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions > cell types > neurons > neuronal circuits
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions > cell types > neurons > neuronal circuits
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Communities: CSHL labs > Turner lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 15 April 2016
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 18:42
PMCID: PMC4884080
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/32878

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