Neural processes in the dorsal cochlear nucleus of the anaesthetised cat investigated from unit responses to electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve
AuthorO'Leary, S. J.; Tong, Y. C.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleHearing Research
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsO'Leary, S. J., Tong, Y. C., & Clark, G. M. (1994). Neural processes in the dorsal cochlear nucleus of the anaesthetised cat investigated from unit responses to electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. Hearing Research, 74, 181-196.
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Extracellular responses of dorsal cochlear nucleus single units were recorded in response to biphasic, bipolar electrical stimulation of spiral ganglion cells and their peripheral processes using a banded electrode array in the scala tympani of the barbiturate anaesthetised cat. The DCN responses to this stimulus were the result of excitatory and suppressive (including inhibitory) processes. The excitatory responses from DCN units were usually within a range of 1.8-2.8 ms and these responses were probably the result of monosynaptic input from the auditory nerve. Latencies > 2.8 ms were most likely due to activation of di- and poly-synaptic pathways from auditory nerve fibres, except that latencies between 3.5-4.75 in hearing animals could have arisen from electrophonic mechanisms. Suppression of spontaneous activity was usually long acting, lasting > 70 ms following each pulse of the pulse train, but short acting suppression with a latency of 3.5-4.75 ms and a duration of < 10 ms was occasionally observed. These suppressive responses probably resulted from synaptic inhibitory input, but neural membrane properties may have contributed. In hearing animals, excitatory latencies within the range 1.8-5.2 ms were similar for units with different response area types or different PSTH patterns in response to acoustic CF tones or noise.
Keywordsdorsal cochlear nucleus; electrical stimulation; auditory nerve
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