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Loss of Visually Driven Synaptic Responses in Layer 4 Regular-Spiking Neurons of Rat Visual Cortex in Absence of Competing Inputs
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
2012 (English)In: Cerebral Cortex, ISSN 1047-3211, E-ISSN 1460-2199, Vol. 22, no 9, 2171-2181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Monocular deprivation (MD) during development shifts the ocular preference of primary visual cortex (V1) neurons by depressing closed-eye responses and potentiating open-eye responses. As these 2 processes are temporally and mechanistically distinct, we tested whether loss of responsiveness occurs also in absence of competing inputs. We thus compared the effects of long-term MD in layer 4 regular-spiking pyramidal neurons (L4Ns) of binocular and monocular V1 (bV1 and mV1) with whole-cell recordings. In bV1, input depression was larger than potentiation, and the ocular dominance shift was larger for spike outputs. MD-but not retinal inactivation with tetrodotoxin-caused a comparable loss of synaptic and spike responsiveness in mV1, which is innervated only by the deprived eye. Conversely, brief MD depressed synaptic responses only in bV1. MD-driven depression in mV1 was accompanied by a proportional reduction of visual thalamic inputs, as assessed upon pharmacological silencing of intracortical transmission. Finally, sub- and suprathreshold responsiveness was similarly degraded in L4Ns of bV1 upon complete deprivation of patterned vision through a binocular deprivation period of comparable length. Thus, loss of synaptic inputs from the deprived eye occurs also in absence of competition in the main thalamorecipient lamina, albeit at a slower pace.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 9, 2171-2181 p.
Keyword [en]
in vivo whole cell, layer specificity; ocular dominance plasticityin vivo whole cell, layer specificity, ocular dominance plasticity, primary visual cortex primary visual cortex
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79150DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhr304ISI: 000307505900019PubMedID: 22047965OAI: diva2:641493
Available from: 2013-08-17 Created: 2013-08-09 Last updated: 2013-08-20Bibliographically approved

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