We studied the neural oscillatory activity in the peripheral olfactory system of the tentacles in the terrestrial slug, Limax marginatus, by extracellular recording. Recordings from the cut-ends of the inferior tentacular nerves connected to the inferior tentacular ganglia and sensory epithelia showed spontaneous oscillatory activity at frequencies of 0.1-30 Hz. This spontaneous activity was dominated by the 0.6-6 Hz band. Ethanol odor stimulation decreased the amplitude in the 0.6-6 Hz band and increased those in the 6-15 and 15-30 Hz bands. Antagonists of the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor, bicuculline and picrotoxin, resulted in suppression of spontaneous activity and modulated the odor response in the 0.6-6 Hz band. Our results indicate the involvement of GABA-mediated oscillatory activity in the tentacular nerves in the olfactory processing in molluscs.
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