C. elegans locomotion: small circuits, complex functions


Zhen, M. & Samuel, A.D.T. C. elegans locomotion: small circuits, complex functions. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 33, 117, 126 (2015).


With 302 neurons in the adult Caenorhabditis elegans nervous system, it should be possible to build models of complex behaviors spanning sensory input to motor output. The logic of the motor circuit is an essential component of such models. Advances in physiological, anatomical, and neurogenetic analysis are revealing a surprisingly complex signaling network in the worm’s small motor circuit. We are progressing towards a systems level dissection of the network of premotor interneurons, motor neurons, and muscle cells that move the animal forward and backward in its environment.