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Dendritic architecture of the von Economo neurons.

Neuroscience | Sep 1, 2006

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.

Pubmed ID: 16797136 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Adult | Analysis of Variance | Cell Count | Cerebral Cortex | Dendrites | Humans | Male | Neurons | Pyramidal Cells | Silver Staining | Ultrasonography