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  Monosynaptic connections between pairs of spiny stellate cells in layer 4 and pyramidal cells in layer 5A indicate that lemniscal and paralemniscal afferent pathways converge in the infragranular somatosensory cortex

Feldmeyer, D., Roth, A., & Sakmann, B. (2005). Monosynaptic connections between pairs of spiny stellate cells in layer 4 and pyramidal cells in layer 5A indicate that lemniscal and paralemniscal afferent pathways converge in the infragranular somatosensory cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25(13), 3423-3431. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5227-04.2005.

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Alternative Title : Monosynaptic connections between pairs of spiny stellate cells in layer 4 and pyramidal cells in layer 5A indicate that lemniscal and paralemniscal afferent pathways converge in the infragranular somatosensory cortex

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Feldmeyer, Dirk1, Author              
Roth, Arnd1, Author              
Sakmann, Bert1, Author              
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1Department of Cell Physiology, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1497701              

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Free keywords: barrel cortex; synaptic transmission; layer 4; layer 5A; cortical microcircuits; pyramidal cell
 Abstract: Monosynaptic interlaminar connections between spiny stellate cells in layer 4 (L4), the main cortical recipient layer for thalamic projections, and pyramidal cells in layer 5A (L5A), one of the main cortical output layers, were examined anatomically and functionally by paired recordings in acute brain slices. The somata of pairs forming interlaminar L4-to-L5A connections were located predominantly close to or directly under the barrel-septum wall in layer 4. Superposition of spiny stellate axon arbors and L5A pyramidal cell dendritic arbors suggested an innervation domain underneath an L4 barrel wall. Functionally, the L4-to-L5A connections were of high reliability and relatively low efficacy, with a unitary EPSP amplitude of 0.6 mV, and the connectivity was moderately high (one in seven pairs tested was connected). The EPSP amplitude was weakly depressing (paired-pulse ratio of approximately 0.8) during repetitive presynaptic action potentials at 10 Hz. The existence of monosynaptic L4-to-L5A connections indicates that the specific "lemniscal" thalamic input from the ventro-basal nucleus of the thalamus to the cortex and the more unspecific "paralemniscal" afferent thalamic projections from the posterior medial nucleus of the thalamus merge already at an initial stage of cortical signal processing. These monosynaptic connections establish a monosynaptic coupling of the input to the cortex and its output, thereby effectively bypassing the supragranular layers.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2005-02-162004-12-222005-02-162005-03-30
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 9
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Title: The Journal of Neuroscience
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 25 (13) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 3423 - 3431 Identifier: ISSN: 0270-6474
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925502187