Database of Cellular Morphologies

This database provides 3-dim reconstructions of thalamic and neocortical neurons. These cells were reconstructed by Alain Destexhe from 80-micron serial sections using a computerized tracing system (Eutectic Electronics, Raleigh, NC) kindly provided by D. Amaral (University of California, Davis, CA), as well as a Neurolucida (Microbrightfield, Williston, VT) tracing system in Destexhe's lab. The dendritic morphology and diameters were reconstructed in 3-dim using a X 100 objective and correction for tissue shrinkage was included, leading to a theoretical accuracy of 0.1 microns on dendritic diameters. The morphology and the modeling of these cells is described in detail in the attached references given below for each cell.

The NEURON geometry of these cells are also available. Anyone is welcome to use these geometries in models. If you use them, we kindly ask you to cite the original paper in which these cells were published. The references are attached below, and copies of the papers are available in the present site.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Integrative and Computational Neuroscience (ICN),
Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (NeuroPSI),
CNRS, Bat 33,
1 Avenue de la Terrasse,
91198 Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

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