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Front Neuroanat. 2010 Mar 31;4:13. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2010.00013. eCollection 2010.

Neocortical layer 6, a review.

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Department of Pharmacology, The School of Pharmacy, University of London London, UK.


This review attempts to summarise some of the major areas of neocortical research as it pertains to neocortical layer 6. After a brief summary of the development of this intriguing layer, the major pyramidal cell classes to be found in layer 6 are described and compared. The connections made and received by these different classes of neurones are then discussed and the possible functions of these connections, with particular reference to the shaping of responses in visual cortex and thalamus. Inhibition in layer 6 is discussed where appropriate, but not in great detail. Many types of interneurones are to be found in each cortical layer and layer 6 is no exception, but the functions of each type remain to be elucidated (Gonchar et al., 2007).


anatomy; cortex; development; electrophysiology; histology; layer 6; pharmacology; review

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