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J Comp Neurol. 1983 Feb 1;213(4):426-47.

Physiological response properties of cells labeled intracellularly with horseradish peroxidase in cat dorsal cochlear nucleus.


The physiology and morphology of fusiform cells in the dorsal cochlear nucleus were studied using extracellular and intracellular recording and intracellular injection of horseradish peroxidase. Fusiform cells displayed a variety of responses to tone pips presented at the characteristic frequency; most often these cells exhibited the pauser/buildup pattern defined in earlier studies. The response pattern of each neuron was dependent on frequency and sound-pressure level. Tone pips evoked short-lasting depolarizations of about 10 mV and long-lasting hyperpolarizations of about 10 mV in cells whose resting potentials were -50 to -65 mV. The time courses of both the excitation and the inhibition depended on frequency and sound-pressure level. Generally the depolarization was sustained for the duration of the tone pip, whereas the hyperpolarization could last as long as 600 ms after the end of the tone pip. Often a neuron exhibited a sustained chopper pattern after microelectrode impalement. This was probably a result of a decrease in membrane potential which altered the relative effectiveness of the excitatory and inhibitory inputs. The large, bitufted fusiform cells had many apical dendrites, which branched one to five times and were covered with spines, and fewer basal dendrites, which exhibited little branching and had few appendages. The morphology of fusiform cells varied systematically as a function of location within the dorsal cochlear nucleus. Response patterns for tone pips were not exclusive to individual cell types as two nonfusiform cells were found to exhibit a buildup pattern. Axons of injected neurons left the nucleus via the dorsal acoustic stria and 14 of 15 had collaterals within the dorsal cochlear nucleus.

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