Concurrent overproduction of synapses in diverse regions of the primate cerebral cortex

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Science  11 Apr 1986:
Vol. 232, Issue 4747, pp. 232-235
DOI: 10.1126/science.3952506


Synapses develop concurrently and at identical rates in different layers of the visual, somatosensory, motor, and prefrontal areas of the primate cerebral cortex. This isochronic course of synaptogenesis in anatomically and functionally diverse regions indicates that the entire cerebral cortex develops as a whole and that the establishment of cell-to-cell communication in this structure may be orchestrated by a single genetic or humoral signal. This is in contrast to the traditional view of hierarchical development of the cortical regions and provides new insight into the maturation of cortical functions.

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