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Recent studies have shown that the phase of low-frequency local field potentials (LFPs) in sensory cortices carries a significant amount of information about complex naturalistic stimuli, yet the laminar circuit mechanisms and the aspects of stimulus dynamics responsible for generating this phase information remain essentially unknown. Here we investigated these issues by means of an information theoretic analysis of LFPs and current source densities (CSDs) recorded with laminar multi-electrode arrays in the primary auditory area of anesthetized rats during complex acoustic stimulation (music and broadband 1/f stimuli). We found that most LFP phase information originated from discrete "CSD events" consisting of granular-superficial layer dipoles of short duration and large amplitude, which we hypothesize to be triggered by transient thalamocortical activation. These CSD events occurred at rates of 2-4 Hz during both stimulation with complex sounds and silence. During stimulation with complex sounds, these events reliably reset the LFP phases at specific times during the stimulation history. These facts suggest that the informativeness of LFP phase in rat auditory cortex is the result of transient, large-amplitude events, of the "evoked" or "driving" type, reflecting strong depolarization in thalamo-recipient layers of cortex. Finally, the CSD events were characterized by a small number of discrete types of infragranular activation. The extent to which infragranular regions were activated was stimulus dependent. These patterns of infragranular activations may reflect a categorical evaluation of stimulus episodes by the local circuit to determine whether to pass on stimulus information through the output layers.

Original publication

DOI

10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1416-11.2011

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurosci

Publication Date

02/11/2011

Volume

31

Pages

15787 - 15801

Keywords

Acoustic Stimulation, Animals, Auditory Cortex, Auditory Pathways, Brain Mapping, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Electrophysiology, Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Female, Rats, Rats, Long-Evans, Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted, Spectrum Analysis