Extensive cone-dependent spectral opponency within a discrete zone of the lateral geniculate nucleus supporting mouse color vision

Timothy Brown’s team from the University of Manchester used the NeuroNexus SmartBox and 32-, 64-, and 256-channel probes of three different designs (linear, tetrode, polytrode) to record from lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) in mice with altered M-cone spectral sensitivity (Opn1mwR). Multispectral stimuli were used to address the color processing and neuron properties at higher visual processing stages. Their findings show that cones alone support a diverse capacity for color discrimination that operates for small spatially localized stimuli and diffuse changes in illumination across a range of light levels, providing a robust substrate for mouse color vision. They also demonstrated that cone inputs to opponent neurons derive from the central and upper visual field.

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