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Mice homozygous for the barrelless (brl) mutation, mapped here to chromosome 11, lack barrel-shaped arrays of cell clusters termed "barrels" in the primary somatosensory cortex. Deoxyglucose uptake demonstrated that the topology of the cortical whisker representation is nevertheless preserved. Anterograde tracers revealed a lack of spatial segregation of(More)
Exceptionally clear Golgi-Nissl sections of 300 micron thickness have been morphometrically studied by light microscopy using oil immersion objectives. The clarity results from a new variation of a staining procedure that combines Golgi and Nissl images in one section. A viewing technique has been developed that permits a histologic preparation to be(More)
In order to analyze the organization of the efferent projections of single barrel columns (BC, i.e. a barrel in layer IV of parietal cortex plus the cortical tissue above and below it), we made small iontophoretic injections of the anterograde tracer Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin in the barrel cortex of 20 adult mice. On the basis of reconstructions of(More)
In the mouse, in the medial part of the ventrobasal complex of the thalamus (VBm), an array of rod-shaped domains, poor in perikarya and with a diameter of about 70 microm, is embedded in a lattice of high cell packing-density. Each domain forms the core of a 'barreloid'. The arrangement of barreloids is topologically equivalent to that of the large barrels(More)
Response properties of single units in the mouse barrel cortex were studied to determine the sequence in which the neurons that form a cortical column become activated by a single 'natural' stimulus. Mice (n = 11) were anaesthetized with urethane. For a total of 153 cells, grouped by cortical layer, responses to a standardized deflection of a single whisker(More)
The sexual dimorphism of the human corpus callosum (CC) is currently controversial, possibly because of difficulties in morphometric analysis. We have reinvestigated the issue by using morphometric techniques specially designed to yield objective measurements of CC size and shape. The development of the CC was studied with similar techniques in order to(More)
In mouse somatosensory cortex there are discrete cytoarchitectonic units, called "barrels." Each barrel is related to one sensory vibrissa on the muzzle. Individual vibrissae were carefully injured at birth; 12 to 43 days later, the corresponding barrels proved to be absent. Evidently the sensory periphery has an important influence on the structure of the(More)
In order to elucidate the geometric organization of projections from the barrel cortex to the thalamus, iontophoretic injections of the anterograde tracer Phaseolus vulgaris-leucoagglutinin were made. The injections were confined to one barrel column (i.e. barrel in layer IV + cortical tissue above and below it). Axonal terminations could be demonstrated in(More)
After receiving an intraperitoneal injection of [14C]2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), a total of 28 mice which had pieces of metal wire glued to certain whiskers (all others were clipped) were exposed to magnetic field bursts. The stimulated whiskers were B1 (freely moving mice, set I) or whiskers C1-3 and E1 (restrained mice, set II) on the left side. In set I,(More)