Experimental evidence and modeling studies support a synchronizing role for electrical coupling in the cat thalamic reticular neurons in vivo.

@article{Fuentealba2004ExperimentalEA,
  title={Experimental evidence and modeling studies support a synchronizing role for electrical coupling in the cat thalamic reticular neurons in vivo.},
  author={Pablo Fuentealba and Sylvain Crochet and Igor Timofeev and Maxim Bazhenov and Terrence J. Sejnowski and Mircea Steriade},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2004},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={111-9}
}
Thalamic reticular (RE) neurons are crucially implicated in brain rhythms. Here, we report that RE neurons of adult cats, recorded and stained intracellularly in vivo, displayed spontaneously occurring spikelets, which are characteristic of central neurons that are coupled electrotonically via gap junctions. Spikelets occurred spontaneously during spindles… CONTINUE READING