Segregation of pathways leading from area V2 to areas V4 and V5 of macaque monkey visual cortex

Nature. 1985 May;315(6017):322-5. doi: 10.1038/315322a0.


V5 and V4 are areas of macaque monkey prestriate visual cortex that are specialized for involvement in different aspects of visual perception, namely motion for V5 (refs 1-4) and colour vision, with other possible functions, for V4 (refs 2, 5-9). Thus, it is unlikely that they should be fed the same information for further processing, yet both receive a strong input from patches of the upper layers of V2 (refs 10, 11), the area immediately adjoining the primary visual cortex, V1. V2, however, seems to comprise functionally distinct subregions, which can be revealed by staining the tissue for the mitochondrial enzyme cytochrome oxidase. Here we report that V4 and V5 are connected with separate cytochrome oxidase-defined subregions of V2, suggesting that cortical pathways dealing with motion and colour perception are segregated in their passage through V2, and reinforcing evidence for functional specialization in the visual cortex.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Color Perception / physiology
  • Electron Transport Complex IV / metabolism
  • Horseradish Peroxidase
  • Macaca / physiology*
  • Motion Perception / physiology
  • Visual Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Visual Cortex / metabolism
  • Visual Cortex / physiology
  • Visual Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology
  • Visual Perception / physiology*


  • Horseradish Peroxidase
  • Electron Transport Complex IV