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An interhemispheric neural circuit allowing binocular integration in the optic tectum

Gebhardt, C; Auer, TO; Henriques, PM; Rajan, G; Duroure, K; Bianco, IH; Del Bene, F; (2019) An interhemispheric neural circuit allowing binocular integration in the optic tectum. Nature Communications , 10 (1) , Article 5471. 10.1038/s41467-019-13484-9. Green open access

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Abstract

Binocular stereopsis requires the convergence of visual information from corresponding points in visual space seen by two different lines of sight. This may be achieved by superposition of retinal input from each eye onto the same downstream neurons via ipsi- and contralaterally projecting optic nerve fibers. Zebrafish larvae can perceive binocular cues during prey hunting but have exclusively contralateral retinotectal projections. Here we report brain activity in the tectal neuropil ipsilateral to the visually stimulated eye, despite the absence of ipsilateral retinotectal projections. This activity colocalizes with arbors of commissural neurons, termed intertectal neurons (ITNs), that connect the tectal hemispheres. ITNs are GABAergic, establish tectal synapses bilaterally and respond to small moving stimuli. ITN-ablation impairs capture swim initiation when prey is positioned in the binocular strike zone. We propose an intertectal circuit that controls execution of the prey-capture motor program following binocular localization of prey, without requiring ipsilateral retinotectal projections.

Type: Article
Title: An interhemispheric neural circuit allowing binocular integration in the optic tectum
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13484-9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13484-9
Language: English
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Keywords: Neural circuits, Visual system
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Neuro, Physiology and Pharmacology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087665
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