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1. Intracellular recordings were made from putative interneurones (n = 24) and thalamocortical (TC) projection neurones (n = 45) in slice preparations of the rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) in order to compare the electrophysiological properties of these neuronal types. 2. Intracellular injection of biocytin to electrophysiologically identified(More)
1. Intracellular sharp electrode current clamp and discontinuous single electrode voltage clamp recordings were made from thalamocortical neurones (n = 57) of the cat ventrobasal thalamus in order to investigate the mechanism underlying anomalous rectification. 2. Under current clamp conditions, voltage-current (V-I) relationships in a potential range of(More)
The action of ethosuximide (ETX) on Na+, K+, and Ca2+ currents and on tonic and burst-firing patterns was investigated in rat and cat thalamic neurons in vitro by using patch and sharp microelectrode recordings. In thalamocortical (TC) neurons of the rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), ETX (0.75-1 mM) decreased the noninactivating Na+ current,(More)
1. The mechanism underlying a novel form of input signal amplification and bistability was investigated by intracellular recording in rat and cat thalamocortical (TC) neurones maintained in slices and by computer simulation with a biophysical model of these neurones. 2. In a narrow membrane potential range centred around -60 mV, TC neurones challenged with(More)
The presence and role of presynaptic GABA(B) receptors in the control of excitatory amino acid-medicated transmission were investigated (using sharp electrode recordings) in the rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus and ventrobasal thalamus in vitro by comparing the effects of the selective GABA(B) receptor agonist, (+ or -)-baclofen, and of two(More)
1. The morphological (n = 66) and electrophysiological (n = 41) properties of eighty-six thalamocortical (TC) neurones and those of one interneurone in the cat ventrobasal (VB) thalamus were examined using an in vitro slice preparation. The resting membrane potential for thirty-seven TC neurones was -61.9 +/- 0.7 mV, with thirteen neurones exhibiting delta(More)
The development of membrane properties, firing patterns, and delta oscillations in neurons of the cat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) was investigated in vitro during the first 7 postnatal weeks. Compared with adult neurons, the resting membrane potential was more depolarized at postnatal days 1-9 (P1-P9), the input resistance was higher at P1-P7,(More)
The actions of gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a drug known to lead to an increase in nocturnal slow wave sleep and induce epileptic states following systemic application, on the membrane properties of thalamocortical neurons from brain slices of the rat and cat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus were studied using sharp electrode intracellular recordings.(More)
1. Intracellular and patch-clamp recordings were obtained from thalamocortical (TC) cells in the rat and cat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) in vitro to study the role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and non-NMDA receptors in the synaptic potential and burst firing evoked by electrical stimulation of the optic tract. 2. At membrane potentials more(More)