PMID: 589473Dec 16, 1977

The distribution of olfactory input in the opossum mediodorsal nucleus

Brain Research
J C JacksonR M Benjamin


Discharges of single cells in the thalamic mediodorsal nucleus (MD) of the opossum were recorded during electrical stimulation of the lateral olfactory tract. Responsive sites were histologically localized throughout the entire mediolateral extent of MD. In both rabbit and squirrel monkey responses are confined to the medial half of MD. Thus the lateral non-olfactory nuclear subdivision, common to both rabbit and squirrel monkey, was not found in the opossum. Firing patterns of cells were similar to those observed in rabbit and squirrel monkey. They commonly consisted of an early spike or burst of spikes, followed by a period of inactivity and then, in many cells, by a later period of response or of resumed spontaneous activity. The results indicate that olfactory input is characteristic of MD in a diverse sample of mammals but that topographic organization of the input is distinctly different in the opossum.


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