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GABAergic interneurons play a major role in the function of the mammalian neocortex, but their circuit connectivity is still poorly understood. We used two-photon RuBi-Glutamate uncaging to optically map how the largest population of cortical interneurons, the parvalbumin-positive cells (PV+), are connected to pyramidal cells (PCs) in mouse neocortex. We found locally dense connectivity from PV+ interneurons onto PCs across cortical areas and layers. In many experiments, all nearby PV+ cells were connected to every local PC sampled. In agreement with this, we found no evidence for connection specificity, as PV+ interneurons contacted PC pairs similarly regardless of whether they were synaptically connected or not. We conclude that the microcircuit architecture for PV+ interneurons, and probably neocortical inhibition in general, is an unspecific, densely homogenous matrix covering all nearby pyramidal cells.

Original publication

DOI

10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3131-11.2011

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurosci

Publication Date

14/09/2011

Volume

31

Pages

13260 - 13271

Keywords

Animals, Brain Mapping, Female, In Vitro Techniques, Interneurons, Male, Mice, Mice, Transgenic, Microscopy, Confocal, Neocortex, Neural Inhibition, Neural Pathways, Parvalbumins, Patch-Clamp Techniques, Pyramidal Cells