Neural circuits mediating visual stabilization during active motion in zebrafish

Sha Sun, Zhentao Zuo, Michelle Manxiu Ma, Chencan Qian, Lin Chen, Wu Zhou, Kim Ryun Drasbek, and Liu Zuxiang

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Mar 08, 2019
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Received Date: 18th February 19

Visual stabilization is an inevitable requirement for animals during active motion interaction with the environment. Visual motion cues of the surroundings or induced by self-generated behaviors are perceived then trigger proper motor responses mediated by neural representations conceptualized as the internal model: one part of it predicts the consequences of sensory dynamics as a forward model, another part generates proper motor control as a reverse model. However, the neural circuits between the two models remain mostly unknown. Here, we demonstrate that an internal component, the efference copy, coordinated the two models in a push-pull manner by generating extra reset saccades during active motion processing in larval zebrafish. Calcium imaging indicated that the saccade preparation circuit is enhanced while the velocity integration circuit is inhibited during the interaction, balancing the internal representations from both directions. This is the first model of efference copy on visual stabilization beyond the sensorimotor stage.

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