Tadpole Swimming Network

Keith T. Sillar and Wenchang Li

in Handbook of Brain Microcircuits

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Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195389883
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965137 | DOI:
Tadpole Swimming Network

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Xenopus laevis frog tadpoles near the time of hatching have proven to be an excellent model system in which to explore the neural mechanisms responsible for the initiation, maintenance, sensory adaptation, and termination of rhythmic locomotor activity in vertebrates. The underlying neural network is one of the most completely understood in any vertebrate. This chapter discusses network activation, network architecture, network operation, network maturation, network neuromodulation, and network plasticity during metamorphosis.

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Subjects: Development of the Nervous System

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