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CONNECTIVITY
Sulston et al. 1980
 

IN WB [L], [R]

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CELL TYPE LINEAGE LOCATION NEUROTRANSMITTER ASSOCIATED GLIA

SPCL

 

 

SPCR

Sensory-motor neuron

 

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B.alpaap

 

 

B.arpaap

Cloacal ganglia(L)

 

 

Cloacal ganglia(R)

Acetylcholine: UNC-17 (Garcia et al., 2001)

FMRFamide-like neuropeptides: FLP-3 (C. Li, M. Barr, pers. comm.)

 

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DESCRIPTION

One of 3 bilateral pairs of male-specific neurons (SPCL/R, SPDL/R, SPVL/R) that innervate the the left and right male copulatory spicules. SPCL/R are thought have both sensory (proprioceptive) and motor function. The dendrite of SPCL/R attaches to the dorsal spicule protractor muscles (dspL/R) via hemidesmosomes and the axon has outputs onto the dorsal and ventral protractor (vspL/R) muscles (Sulston et al., 1980).

See Glial Table for view of spicule organization.

Function: During mating, induces full insertion of the spicules into the vulva by promoting prolonged contraction of dspL/R and vspL/R muscles (Liu and Sternberg, 1995; Garcia et al., 2001; see "Mating Movie" in MALE HANDBOOK-INTRODUCTION to view spicule function in mating behavior).

Receptor expression: Unknown



 

 

Male Wiring Project

For Male Wiring Project details see "Connectivity" link in Emmons lab website.