Interlayer repulsion of retinal ganglion cell mosaics regulates spatial organization of functional maps in the visual cortex

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In higher mammals, orientation tuning of neurons is organized into a quasi-periodic pattern in the primary visual cortex. Our previous model studies suggested that the topography of cortical orientation maps may originate from moiré interference of ON and OFF retinal ganglion cell (RGC) mosaics, but did not account for how the consistent spatial period of maps could be achieved. Here we address this issue with two crucial findings on the development of RGC mosaics: first, homotypic local repulsion between RGCs can develop a long-range hexagonal periodicity. Second, heterotypic interaction restrains the alignment of ON and OFF mosaics, and generates a periodic interference pattern map with consistent spatial frequency. To validate our model, we quantitatively analyzed the RGC mosaics in cat data, and confirmed that the observed retinal mosaics showed evidence of heterotypic interactions, contrary to the previous view that ON and OFF mosaics are developed independently.
Publisher
SOC NEUROSCIENCE
Issue Date
2017-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, v.37, no.50, pp.12141 - 12152

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0270-6474
DOI
10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1873-17.2017
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/238817
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