PMID: 3783230Oct 1, 1986

Cat area 17. II. Response properties of infragranular layer neurons in the absence of supragranular layer activity

Journal of Neurophysiology
H D SchwarkC Lee


Response properties of cells in the infragranular layers of cortical area 17 of the cat were examined in the absence of input from supragranular layers. Supragranular activity was silenced either reversibly by cooling the surface of cortex or permanently by making a cryogenic lesion of the supragranular layers. Visually driven responses of cells throughout the cortical column were recorded with a linear array of electrodes. Most infragranular layer cells continued to be visually responsive in the absence of supragranular layer input. These cells were similar to normal infragranular layer cells on measures of visual responsiveness, orientation selectivity, and direction selectivity. Special complex, but not standard complex, cells were absent in layer 5 when supragranular layers were destroyed. We found no evidence for a selective effect of removal of supragranular activity on the response properties of cells in layer 6. We propose that the intracolumnar projection from the supragranular layers drives the special complex cells of layer 5, but is not necessary for the visual driving of most other infragranular layer cells. This projection does not impose selectivity for stimulus orientation or direction on the remaining active ce...Continue Reading


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