Dendritic architecture of the von Economo neurons

  title={Dendritic architecture of the von Economo neurons},
  author={K. Watson and T. Jones and J. Allman},
  • K. Watson, T. Jones, J. Allman
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • The von Economo neurons are one of the few known specializations to hominoid cortical microcircuitry. Here, using a Golgi preparation of a human postmortem brain, we describe the dendritic architecture of this unique population of neurons. We have found that, in contrast to layer 5 pyramidal neurons, the von Economo neurons have sparse dendritic trees and symmetric apical and basal components. This result provides the first detailed anatomical description of a neuron type unique to great apes… CONTINUE READING
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