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Exp Brain Res. 1993;95(3):443-9.

The effect of acetylcholine on the visual response of lagged cells in the cat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus.

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Department of Neurophysiology, University of Oslo, Norway.


We examined the influence of acetylcholine (ACh) on the visual response properties of lagged cells in the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of anaesthetised cats. By means of electrophysiological techniques, the response of single cells was recorded before, during and after ionophoretic application of ACh. ACh evoked a clear enhancement of the visual response. The initial suppression that a visual stimulus evokes in lagged cells was resistant to the effects of ACh. The characteristic anomalous response component of lagged cells was also present during application of ACh. The difference in latency to half-rise and to half-fall of the visual response that is found between lagged and non-lagged cells was maintained during application of ACh. Taken together, the results support previous evidence from experiments with brain stem stimulation that the fundamental visual response characteristics of lagged cells are state independent.

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