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A fundamental feature of the mammalian neocortex is its columnar organization. In the visual cortex, functional columns consisting of neurons with similar orientation preferences have been characterized extensively, but how these columns are constructed during development remains unclear. The radial unit hypothesis posits that the ontogenetic columns formed(More)
One hypothesis for the etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) is that the formation of proteinaceous inclusion, which is mainly composed of alpha-synuclein, may contribute to the selective loss of dopaminergic neurons. To further explore the role of alpha-synuclein in neurodegeneration of PD, we examined the possible effects of aggregated alpha-synuclein on(More)
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