Evidence for corticocortical connections between areas 7 and 17 in cerebral cortex of the cat
This study provides the first evidence of direct corticocortical connections between areas 7 and 17 of the cat. Wheat germ agglutinin horseradish peroxidase (WGA-HRP) was administrated by micro-electrophoresis and micro-injection, respectively, into area 17 and area 7 in different hemispheres in eight cats. WGA-HRP labeled pyramidal neurons were observed primarily in layer 5 of areas 7 and 17 indicating that there are reciprocal connections between these areas. Optical imaging was used to guide WGA-HRP injections to single orientation columns in area 17. After such restricted injections labeled pyramidal cells were observed in layer 5 of area 7. These pyramidal cells were arranged as discontinuous patches extending across a broad region of area 7. These results suggest that feedback from area 7 to area 17 may arise from specific functional columns in area 7. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.