Dr Robert W Meech

B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.(Soton)

  • BS8 1TD

1966 …2019

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In the jellyfish Aglantha digitale two forms of swimming arise from two separate propagating axonal impulses; a fast, overshooting action potential that depends on TTX-resistant Na+ channels, and a low amplitude spike that depends on T-type Ca2+ channels. While the Na+ action potential is propagated simply and without distortion, the shape of the Ca2+ spike depends on the past history of the axon; it is processed as well as propagated.

Patch- and voltage-clamp experiments show how three classes of K+ channels contribute to this apparently unique system. Dual Na+/Ca2+ impulses may increase the bandwidth of an axonal line of communication but it also places restrictions on the form of the synaptic input needed for spike initiation.

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Research Output

  • 46 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)

Electrophysiology and Behavior of Cnidarian Nervous Systems

Meech, R., 2019, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Neuroscience . Oxford University Press, New York, p. 1-58 58 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • The Evolution of Neurons

    Meech, R., 2017, The Wiley Handbook of Evolutionary Neuroscience. Shepherd, S. (ed.). Chicester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., p. 88-124 37 p. 5

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Electrogenesis in the lower Metazoa and implications for neuronal integration

    Meech, R. W., 15 Feb 2015, In : Journal of Experimental Biology. 218, Pt 4, p. 537-50 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)