ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-040216-10
Dynamics of olfactory bulb input and output activity during odor stimulation in zebrafish
Friedrich, R.W., and Laurent, G.
Date: 2004
Source: Journal of neurophysiology   91(6): 2658-2669 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Friedrich, Rainer
Keywords: Olfactory bulb, odor coding, neural dynamics, activity pattern, zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Action Potentials/physiology*
  • Animals
  • Odorants*
  • Olfactory Bulb/physiology*
  • Olfactory Receptor Neurons/physiology*
  • Smell/physiology*
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 14960561 Full text @ J. Neurophysiol.
The processing of odor-evoked activity in the olfactory bulb (OB) of zebrafish was studied by extracellular single unit recordings from the input and output neurons, i. e., olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) and mitral cells (MCs), respectively. A panel of 16 natural amino acid odors was used as stimuli. Responses of MCs, but not ORNs, changed profoundly during the first few hundred milliseconds after response onset. In MCs, but not ORNs, the total evoked excitatory activity in the population was initially odor-dependent, but subsequently converged to a common level. Hence, the overall population activity is regulated by network interactions in the OB. The tuning widths of both ORN and MC response profiles were similar and, on average, stable over time. However, when analyzed for individual neurons, MC response profiles could sharpen (excitatory response to fewer odors) or broaden (excitatory response to more odors), while ORN response profiles remained nearly unchanged. Several observations indicate that dynamic inhibition plays an important role in this remodelling. Finally, the reliability of odor identification based on MC population activity patterns improved over time, while odor identification based on ORN activity patterns was most reliable early in the odor response. These results demonstrate that several properties of MC, but not ORN, activity change during the initial phase of the odor response with important consequences for odor-encoding activity patterns. Furthermore, our data indicate that inhibitory interactions in the OB are important in dynamically shaping the activity of OB output neurons.