A segregated cortical stream for retinal direction selectivity

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Visual features extracted by retinal circuits are streamed into higher visual areas (HVAs) after being processed along the visual hierarchy. However, how specialized neuronal representations of HVAs are built, based on retinal output channels, remained unclear. Here, we addressed this question by determining the effects of genetically disrupting retinal direction selectivity on motion-evoked responses in visual stages from the retina to HVAs in mice. Direction-selective (DS) cells in the rostrolateral (RL) area that prefer higher temporal frequencies, and that change direction tuning bias as the temporal frequency of a stimulus increases, are selectively reduced upon retinal manipulation. DS cells in the primary visual cortex projecting to area RL, but not to the posteromedial area, were similarly affected. Therefore, the specific connectivity of cortico-cortical projection neurons routes feedforward signaling originating from retinal DS cells preferentially to area RL. We thus identify a cortical processing stream for motion computed in the retina.

Original languageEnglish
Article number831
JournalNature Communications
Volume11
Issue1
Number of pages16
ISSN2041-1723
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • CIRCUIT, FUNCTIONAL SPECIALIZATION, GANGLION-CELLS, LATERAL GENICULATE-NUCLEUS, MAPS, MOTION, MOUSE, PRIMARY VISUAL-CORTEX, RESPONSE PROPERTIES, REVEALS

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