I. The Thalamus of Primates (E.G. Jones). 1. Introduction. Basic subdivisions of the thalamus. 3. Nuclear parcellation of the thalamus in respresentative primates. 4. Histochemistry of the monkey and human thalamus. 5. The cell types of the primate thalamus. 6. Chemical identities of relay neurons. 7. Basic circuitry of the primate thalamus. 8. Neurotransmitters and their receptors in the thalamus. 9. Regional projections of the thalamus. 10. Thalamic nuclei as components of defined functional systems. 11. Summary. 12. Acknowledgments. Abbreviations. 14. References. II. Visual Cortex (J.H. Morrison, P.R. Hof and G.W. Huntley). 1. Introduction. 2. General organization of primate visual cortex. 3. Neurotransmitter links to cortical circuits: overview. 4. Excitatory circuits. 5. Inhibitory circuits: GABAergic interneurons. 6. Monoaminergic and cholinergic innervation of primate visual cortex. 7. Activity-dependent plasticity of neurotransmitters, receptors and other neurochemicals in adult monkey area V1. 8. Chemoarchitectonics: chemical markers of regional heterogeneity. 9. Relationships between neurochemical phenotype, connectivity and human neuropathology: the visual cortex in Alzheimer's disease. 10. Acknowledgments. 11. References. 12. Abbreviations. Subject Index.
This volume is the second in the planned coverage of the neurochemical circuitry of the primate central nervous system. While this volume contains only two chapters, their topics and the extraordinarily comprehensive coverage with which the authors have dealt with their topics, will nevertheless contribute equal amounts of knowledge, wisdom, and opportunities for future research extensions as have every volume in this unique series. As such, these chapters extend the goals of this primate series to develop a broad coverage of human and non-human primate chemical neuroanatomic details in a volume which makes clear the known and desirable appreciation for differences between and among subsets of primate brains.
The first chapter covers the primate thalamus with equal emphases on new world, old world, pro-simian and human anatomic details and their differences. The second undertakes a comparably comprehensive examination of one of the most intensively studied regions of the primate brain, namely the primate visual cortex. While much has been studied, both chapters also reveal how much remains for future efforts in these enormously important regions which are the archetypes of primate sub-cortical and cortical function.
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Department of Neuroscience, Retzius Laboratory B3:4, Karolinska Institutet, Retzius väg 8, S-17177 Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Physiological Sciences, Wallenberg Neuroscience Center, Biomedical Center A11, S-22184 Lund, Sweden
Floyd Bloom was the editor of Science magazine, now Brain Research.
Scripps Clinic & Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, U.S.A.