Featured Finding Figure
Differences in the developmental origin and relative proportions of biochemically distinct classes of cortical neurons have been found between rodents and primates. In addition, species differences in the properties of certain cell types, such as neurogliaform cells, have also been reported. Consequently, in this study we compared the anatomical and physiological properties of parvalbumin (PV)-positive basket interneurons in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of macaque monkeys and rats. The somal size, total dendritic length, and horizontal and vertical spans of the axonal arbor were similar in monkeys and rats (Panel A). Physiologically, PV basket cells could be identified as fast spiking (FS) interneurons in both species based on their short spike and high frequency firing without adaptation. However, important interspecies differences in the intrinsic physiological properties were found. In monkeys, basket cells had a higher input resistance and a lower firing threshold, and they generated more spikes at near-threshold current intensities than those in rats. Thus, monkey basket cells appeared to be more excitable. In addition, rat basket cells consistently fired the first spike with a substantial delay, and generated spike trains interrupted by quiescent periods more often than monkey basket cells (Panel B). The frequency of miniature excitatory post-synaptic potentials (mEPSP)s in basket cells was considerably higher in rats than in monkeys. These differences between rats and monkeys in the electrophysiological properties of PV-positive basket cells may contribute to the differential patterns of neuronal activation observed in rats and monkeys performing working memory tasks..
Povysheva NV, Zaitsev AV, Rotaru DC, Gonzalez-Burgos G, Lewis DA, Krimer LS: Parvalbumin-positive basket interneurons in monkey and rat prefrontal cortex. J Neurophysiol 100: 2348-2360, 2008.

• Translational Neuroscience Program •
| Home |

David A. Lewis, M.D. | Department of Psychiatry | University of Pittsburgh
3811 O'Hara Street, Biomedical Science Tower W1654
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-2593
Phone: (412) 624-3894 - Fax: (412) 624-9910