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Bilateral transitory projection to visual areas from auditory cortex in kittens.
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
A transitory projection from primary and secondary auditory areas to the contralateral and ipsilateral areas 17 and 18 exists in newborn kittens. Distinct neuronal populations project to ipsilateral areas 17-18, contralateral areas 17-18 and contralateral auditory cortex; they are at different depth in layers II, III, and IV. By postnatal day 38 the auditory to visual projections have been lost, apparently by elimination of axons rather than by neuronal death. While it was previously reported that the elimination of transitory axons is responsible for focusing the origin of callosal connections to restricted portions of sensory areas it now appears that similar events play a more general role in the organization of cortico-cortical networks. Indeed, the elimination of juvenile projections is largely responsible for determining which areas will be connected in the adult.
Animals, Animals, Newborn/growth & development, Auditory Cortex/growth & development, Cats, Neural Pathways/growth & development, Visual Cortex/growth & development
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