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The electrophysiological properties of the oblique branches of CA1 pyramidal neurons are largely unknown and very difficult to investigate experimentally. These relatively thin dendrites make up the majority of the apical tree surface area and constitute the main target of Schaffer collateral axons from CA3. Their electrogenic properties might have an(More)
Cortical pyramidal cells store multiple features of complex synaptic input in individual dendritic branches and independently regulate the coupling between dendritic and somatic spikes. Branch points in apical trees exhibit wide ranges of sizes and shapes, and the large diameter ratio between trunk and oblique dendrites exacerbates impedance mismatch. The(More)
Rebound spiking properties of medial entorhinal cortex (mEC) stellate cells induced by inhibition may underlie their functional properties in awake behaving rats, including the temporal phase separation of distinct grid cells and differences in grid cell firing properties. We investigated rebound spiking properties using whole cell patch recording in(More)
Neuronal processing depends on the input-output (I/O) relation between the frequency of synaptic stimulation and the resultant axonal firing rate. The all-or-none properties of spike generation and active membrane mechanisms can make the neuronal I/O relation very steep. The ensuing nearly bimodal behavior may severely limit information coding, as minimal(More)
PURPOSE This study was conducted to assess the possibility of identifying precise white matter tracts situated in proximity to intracranial tumours, to define the anatomical and topographical relations between the same white matter tracts and the tumour, to verify the possibility of integrating tractographic images in the context of a package of(More)
The identification and characterization of potential pharmacological targets in neurology and psychiatry is a fundamental problem at the intersection between medicinal chemistry and the neurosciences. Exciting new techniques in proteomics and genomics have fostered rapid progress, opening numerous questions as to the functional consequences of ligand(More)
OBJECT Areas of intramedullary signal intensity changes (hypointensity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance [MR] images and hyperintensity on T2-weighted MR images) in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) have been described by several investigators. The role of postoperative evolution of these alterations is still not well known. METHODS A(More)
We describe a 32-year-old woman who presented with progressive dorsal back pain. Neither sensory nor motor deficit was reported. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the dorsal spine revealed a primary intradural extramedullary lesion with severe spinal cord compression. No other lesion was found in the central nervous system. During surgery an intradural(More)
Although associational/commissural (A/C) and perforant path (PP) inputs to CA3b pyramidal cells play a central role in hippocampal mnemonic functions, the active and passive processes that shape A/C and PP AMPA and NMDA receptor-mediated unitary EPSP/EPSC (AMPA and NMDA uEPSP/uEPSC) have not been fully characterized yet. Here we find no differences in(More)
Whether fractional anisotropy (FA), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and fiber density index (FDi) values differ in the white matter close to glioblastomas of both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients was investigated. Twenty patients with glioblastomas underwent magnetic resonance imaging study. The FDi, FA and ADC values were calculated in areas of(More)