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Vision Res. 1997 Oct;37(19):2649-60.

Temporal properties of marmoset lateral geniculate cells.

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Department of Experimental Ophthalmology, University of Tübingen Eye Hospital, Germany. jan.kremers@uni-tuebingen.de

Abstract

We measured the temporal modulation transfer functions (TMTFs) of cells in the marmoset lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) at three different luminance levels, and described the responses with a linear model. It was found that qualitatively there are many similarities with the temporal response properties of macaque and marmoset retinal ganglion cells. M-cells displayed stronger attenuation at lower temporal frequencies, and showed more nonlinearities (such as saturation and a contrast gain control) than P-cells. We therefore propose that the temporal properties of the visual system of New and Old World monkeys are similar at least up to the LGN. However, there are some quantitative differences, indicating that response alterations take place at the stage of synaptic transmission in the LGN. The most important are an attenuation of the responses to higher temporal frequencies and the smaller differences between parvo- and magnocellular cell responsivities. Cell responses to square-wave modulation were also measured and compared with predictions from a linear systems analysis. The linear systems analysis gave reasonable predicted responses to square-wave modulation, but these predictions were poor than those for retinal ganglion cells, indicating that additional nonlinearities are introduced at the synaptic transition in the LGN.

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