Multichannel brain recordings in behaving Drosophila reveal oscillatory activity and local coherence in response to sensory stimulation and circuit activation

Paulk, Angelique C., Zhou, Yanqiong, Stratton, Peter, Liu, Li and van Swinderen, Bruno (2013) Multichannel brain recordings in behaving Drosophila reveal oscillatory activity and local coherence in response to sensory stimulation and circuit activation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110 7: 1703-1721. doi:10.1152/jn.00414.2013


Author Paulk, Angelique C.
Zhou, Yanqiong
Stratton, Peter
Liu, Li
van Swinderen, Bruno
Title Multichannel brain recordings in behaving Drosophila reveal oscillatory activity and local coherence in response to sensory stimulation and circuit activation
Formatted title
Multichannel brain recordings in behaving Drosophila reveal oscillatory activity and local coherence in response to sensory stimulation and circuit activation
Journal name Journal of Neurophysiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3077
1522-1598
Publication date 2013-10-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1152/jn.00414.2013
Volume 110
Issue 7
Start page 1703
End page 1721
Total pages 19
Place of publication Bethesda, MD United States
Publisher American Physiological Society
Language eng
Formatted abstract
 Neural networks in vertebrates exhibit endogenous oscillations that have been associated with functions ranging from sensory processing to locomotion. It remains unclear whether oscillations may play a similar role in the insect brain. We describe a novel “whole brain” readout for Drosophila melanogaster using a simple multichannel recording preparation to study electrical activity across the brain of flies exposed to different sensory stimuli. We recorded local field potential (LFP) activity from >2,000 registered recording sites across the fly brain in >200 wild-type and transgenic animals to uncover specific LFP frequency bands that correlate with: 1) brain region; 2) sensory modality (olfactory, visual, or mechanosensory); and 3) activity in specific neural circuits. We found endogenous and stimulus-specific oscillations throughout the fly brain. Central (higher-order) brain regions exhibited sensory modality-specific increases in power within narrow frequency bands. Conversely, in sensory brain regions such as the optic or antennal lobes, LFP coherence, rather than power, best defined sensory responses across modalities. By transiently activating specific circuits via expression of TrpA1, we found that several circuits in the fly brain modulate LFP power and coherence across brain regions and frequency domains. However, activation of a neuromodulatory octopaminergic circuit specifically increased neuronal coherence in the optic lobes during visual stimulation while decreasing coherence in central brain regions. Our multichannel recording and brain registration approach provides an effective way to track activity simultaneously across the fly brain in vivo, allowing investigation of functional roles for oscillations in processing sensory stimuli and modulating behavior.
Keyword Local field potential
Electrophysiology
Drosophila
Behavior
Genetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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