The basal dendritic arbors of 442 supragranular pyramidal cells in visual cortex of the marmoset monkey were compared by fractal analyses. As detailed in a previous study, individual cells were injected with Lucifer Yellow and processed for a DAB reaction product. The basal dendritic arbors were drawn, in the tangential plane, and the fractal dimension (D) determined by the dilation method. The fractal dimensions were compared between cells in ten cortical areas containing cells involved in visual processing, including the primary visual area (V1), the second visual area (V2), the dorsoanterior area (DA), the dorsomedial area (DM), the dorsolateral area (DL), the middle temporal area (MT), the posterior parietal area (PP), the fundus of the superior temporal area (FST) and the caudal and rostral subdivisions of inferotemporal cortex (ITc and ITr, respectively). Of 45 pairwise interareal comparisons of the fractal dimension of neurones, 20 were significantly different. Moreover, comparison of data according to previously published visual processing pathways revealed a trend for cells with greater fractal dimensions in "higher" cortical areas. Comparison of the present results with those in homologous cortical areas in the macaque monkey revealed some similarities between the two species. The similarity in the trends of D values of cells in both species may reflect developmental features which result in different functional attributes.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|