Dendritic architecture of the von Economo neurons.


Journal Article

The von Economo neurons are one of the few known specializations to hominoid cortical microcircuitry. Here, using a Golgi preparation of a human postmortem brain, we describe the dendritic architecture of this unique population of neurons. We have found that, in contrast to layer 5 pyramidal neurons, the von Economo neurons have sparse dendritic trees and symmetric apical and basal components. This result provides the first detailed anatomical description of a neuron type unique to great apes and humans.

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Cited Authors

  • Watson, KK; Jones, TK; Allman, JM

Published Date

  • September 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 141 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 1107 - 1112

PubMed ID

  • 16797136

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16797136

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7544

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-4522

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2006.04.084


  • eng