Neocortical interneurons: from diversity, strength

Cell. 2010 Jul 23;142(2):189-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.07.005.


Interneurons in the neocortex of the brain are small, locally projecting inhibitory GABAergic cells with a broad array of anatomical and physiological properties. The diversity of interneurons is believed to be crucial for regulating myriad operations in the neocortex. Here, we describe current theories about how interneuron diversity may support distinct neocortical processes that underlie perception.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Interneurons / physiology*
  • Neocortex / cytology*
  • Nerve Net