Focal synaptic potentials due to discrete mossy-fibre arrival volleys in the cerebellar cortex

Journal Article

The previously described direct and relayed projections of periodontal afferents to the cerebellar cortex have been examined in detail by extracellular field-potential analysis. Advantage is taken of the very small temporal dispersion of the afferent volleys to permit identification of the presynaptic spike potential of mossy fibres, the subsequent synaptic potential and the firing of granule cells. Changes in form of the presynaptic potential with depth are compared with published descriptions of presynaptic potentials elsewhere. The negative synaptic potential in the granular layer is shown to have a positive aspect in the molecular layer. Granule-cell firing can, under some conditions, yield a population spike interrupting the synaptic potential wave. Records are presented showing all-or-none complex waves, which appear to be single glomerular potentials, not previously described in the mammalian cerebellum. Their distinction from cellular spike potentials is emphasized.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Taylor, A; Elias, SA; Somjen, G

Published Date

  • 1987

Published In

  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Biological Sciences

Volume / Issue

  • 231 / 1263

Start / End Page

  • 217 - 230