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1. Using an in vitro slice preparation of the rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN), the properties of retinogeniculate and corticothalamic inputs to thalamocortical (TC) neurones were examined in the absence of GABAergic inhibition. 2. The retinogeniculate EPSP evoked at low frequency (>= 0.1 Hz) consisted of one or two fast-rising (0.8 +/- 0.1 ms),(More)
1. Corticothalamic (CT) EPSPs evoked at <= 0.1 Hz were recorded from thalamocortical neurones in the rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus in vitro, with both GABAA and GABAB receptors blocked. 2. The group III metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptor agonists L-2-amino-4-phosphono-butyric acid (L-AP4) and O-phospho-L-serine (L-SOP) both caused a(More)
Our previous work has shown that Group I mGlu receptors participate in thalamic sensory processing in vivo. However, unequivocal demonstration of mGlu5 participation has not been possible due to the lack of specific ligands. We have therefore made a preliminary study of the in vivo actions of the agonist (R,S)-2-Chloro-5-hydroxyphenylglycine [CHPG] and the(More)
Intracellular recordings were made from neurones in the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) and ventro-basal (VB) thalamus in slices of rat midbrain in vitro. Electrical stimulation of the medial lemniscus or TRN resulted in the generation of complex synaptic potentials containing disynaptic inhibitory post-synaptic potentials (IPSPs) in VB thalamocortical(More)
The N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-preferring glutamate receptor subtype possesses, in addition to the recognition site for glutamate, a binding site for glycine. We report here on the pharmacological properties of 3-(4,6-dichloro-2-carboxyindol-3-yl)-propionic acid (MDL 29,951) and 4-carboxymethylamino-5,7-dichloroquinoline-2-carboxylic acid (MDL 100,748),(More)
Intracellular recordings were made from thalamocortical neurons in slices of rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus in vitro, where ionotropic glutamate receptors and ionotropic and metabotropic GABA receptors had been blocked. The activation of specific metabotropic glutamate receptors by exogenous agonists and by the electrical stimulation of the(More)
Previous work has shown that responses of thalamic neurons in vivo to the metabotropic glutamate receptor agonists 1S,3R-aminocyclopentane-1,3-dicarboxylate and S-3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine can be reduced by a variety of phenylglycine antagonists. Responses of thalamic neurons to noxious thermal somatosensory stimuli were reduced in parallel by these(More)
Recordings were made from single neurones in the ventrobasal thalamus of anaesthetised rats in order to evaluate the properties of several agonists and antagonists of Group I mGlu receptors. The selective mGlu1 receptor antagonist LY367385 was found to reduce excitatory responses to iontophoretically applied ACPD and DHPG whereas the mGlu5 agonist CHPG was(More)
Recordings were made from single neurones responsive to somatosensory input in the ventrobasal thalamus of the anaesthetised rat. GABAergic afferent inhibition arising from the thalamic reticular nucleus was evoked using a condition-test vibrissal stimulation paradigm. Local iontophoretic application of the group II metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR)(More)
The local synaptic connectivity in the superficial gray layer of the superior colliculus (SC) was assessed following retinal ganglion cell axonal regeneration through a peripheral nerve graft into the SC of Lister Hooded rats, using in vitro brain slice techniques. Repair was effected between the ipsilateral eye and SC, following bilateral lesion of optic(More)