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Is there a scientific reference on the numbers (or proportion) of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the thalamus of the cat?

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    $\begingroup$ have you checked out shepherd's synaptic organization of the brain? $\endgroup$
    – honi
    Aug 18 '16 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ Oh thanks! I have forgotten the Shepherd's. $\endgroup$
    – neototeles
    Aug 18 '16 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ try posting your answer if you find it there $\endgroup$
    – honi
    Aug 18 '16 at 14:42
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I found two articles:

Madarasz et.al. (1985) GABA cells

  • 27 % LGN
  • 33 % Ventrobasal complex
  • 25 % Antero-ventral nucleus

Penny et.al. (1983) GAD-immuninoreactive neurons

  • 30 % VentroPosterior

Madarász, M., Somogyi, G., Somogyi, J., & Hamori, J. (1985). Numerical estimation of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-containing neurons in three thalamic nuclei of the cat: direct GABA immunocytochemistry. Neuroscience letters, 61(1), 73-78.
Penny, G. R., Fitzpatrick, D., Schmechel, D. E., & Diamond, I. T. (1983). Glutamic acid decarboxylase-immunoreactive neurons and horseradish peroxidase-labeled projection neurons in the ventral posterior nucleus of the cat and Galago senegalensis. The Journal of Neuroscience, 3(9), 1868-1887.

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  • $\begingroup$ i believe, although i am not certain, that there is a difference between the nucleus reuniens and the rest of the nuclei. $\endgroup$
    – honi
    Aug 18 '16 at 21:33

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