In the UV-sensitive photoreceptors of the median ocellus (UV cells), prolonged depolarizing afterpotentials are seen following a bright UV stimulus. These afterpotentials are abolished by long-wavelength light. During a bright UV stimulus, long-wavelength light elicits a sustained negative-going response. These responses to long-wavelength light are called repolarizing responses. The spectral sensitivity curve for the repolarizing responses peaks at 480 nm; it is the only spectral sensitivity curve for a median ocellus electrical response known to peak at 480 nm. The reversal potentials of the repolarizing response and the depolarizing receptor potential are the same, and change in the same way when the external sodium ion concentration is reduced. We propose that the generation of repolarizing responses involves a thermally stable intermediate of the UV-sensitive photopigment of UV cells.

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