Molecular insights into honey bee brain plasticity

Reinhard, Judith and Claudianos, Charles (2012). Molecular insights into honey bee brain plasticity. In C. Giovanni Galizia, Dorothea Eisenhardt and Martin Giurfa (Ed.), Honeybee neurobiology and behavior: A tribute to Randolf Menzel (pp. 359-372) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2099-2_27

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Author Reinhard, Judith
Claudianos, Charles
Title of chapter Molecular insights into honey bee brain plasticity
Title of book Honeybee neurobiology and behavior: A tribute to Randolf Menzel
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2099-2_27
ISBN 9789400720992
9400720998
Editor C. Giovanni Galizia
Dorothea Eisenhardt
Martin Giurfa
Chapter number 5.3
Start page 359
End page 372
Total pages 24
Total chapters 6.7
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The honey bee worker experiences changing sensory environments throughout her adult life as she progresses from a young nurse bee living inside the hive to a forager bee that navigates the outdoors. Honey bees continually process and learn new sensory information, and their brain changes accordingly. Numerous studies have demonstrated age- and experience-dependent variations in neuropil volume and synaptic density of the honey bee antennal lobes (ALs) and the mushroom bodies (MBs), in particular linked to foraging and odor learning. Changes in antennal sensitivity and AL neural activity after olfactory learning have also been documented. Here, we present evidence for molecular changes occurring in the adult honey bee brain. We discuss how sensory experience and learning affect expression patterns of olfactory receptor genes in the antennae and synaptic adhesion molecules in higher brain centres. Our studies indicate the molecular basis of sensory processing is highly plastic throughout life, and that it is regulated by sensory input. We discuss how sensory regulated expression of olfactory receptors and synaptic molecules may provide a basis for understanding anatomical and physiological plasticity of the honey bee brain.
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