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J Neurophysiol. 1994 Jul;72(1):163-8.

Broad-tuned chromatic inputs to color-selective neurons in the monkey visual cortex.

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  • 1Department of Neurophysiology, Osaka University Medical School, Japan.


1. Input mechanisms of 21 color-selective cells in cytochrome oxidase-rich blobs in layer II/III of the anesthetized and paralyzed monkey primary visual cortex were studied by an iontophoretic administration of the GABAergic receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide (BMI). 2. Color-selective blob cells become responsive to originally nonresponsive colors of stimuli or brightness contrast stimuli during removal of intracortical inhibition. 3. The magnitudes of the cells' responses to color stimuli during BMI administration were larger than the expected value of response calculated from the previously reported color tuning of color-selective geniculate cells and emission spectra of color stimulus. 4. These results suggest that color-selective blob cells receive a convergence of different types of chromatic inputs and that intracortical inhibition confers selectivity for a given color on them.

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