Ponto-geniculo-occipital (PGO) burst neurons: correlative evidence for neuronal generators of PGO waves

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Science  21 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4352, pp. 269-272
DOI: 10.1126/science.663656


A newly discovered class of neurons, ponto-geniculo-occipital (PGO) burst neurons, has PGO wave relationships of phase-leading, stereotyped discharge bursts, and the highest reported discharge specificity and coherence; these neurons thus fulfill correlative criteria for output generator neurons for PGO waves. The PGO burst neurons are recorded in a discrete dorsal brainstem area in apposition to the brachium conjunctivum.