Nitric oxide in cortical map formation

Bart Krekelberg, John G. Taylor

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We analyse the possible role of nitric oxide in the early development of cortical maps. A mathematical analysis shows that with the aid of the diffusing messenger NO, cortical maps can develop without the need for lateral-inhibitory interactions. We derive that the maps that NO can set up depend on the stimulus environment in a way that is similar to lateral-inhibitory models of map formation but that they also have properties that depend specifically on the parameters of the diffusion process. These dependencies have not before been extracted and can be used to test the involvement of NO in cortical map formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


  • Learning
  • Neural network
  • Plasticity
  • Self-organizing map


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