Ultrastructure of the rectifying electrotonic synapses between giant fibres and pectoral fin adductor motor neurons in the hatchetfish. Academic Article uri icon


  • Synapses formed by giant fibres on pectoral fin adductor motor neurons were identified by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) injection. The synapses were distributed in clusters on the somata and proximal dendrites of the motor neurons. All of the labelled synapses contained synaptic vesicles and often had clearly defined active zones characteristic of chemical synapses. Some synapses also showed gap junctions with the motor neuron soma, often directly adjacent to an active zone. The gap junctions were asymmetrical, with a thick layer of electron dense material on the postsynaptic side. Previous electrophysiological data indicate that giant fibre inputs to motor neurons are purely electrotonic and that these electrical synapses rectify.

publication date

  • October 1985