1. McCormick DA. (1989) Cholinergic and noradrenergic modulation of thalamocortical processing. Trends Neurosci 12:215-21.

NeuronCompartmentPropertyConnectivityNotes
Thalamus geniculate nucleus/lateral principal GLU cellSomaNicotinicAfferents from the parabrachial region (T)Leads to a fast EPSP which allows an influx of cations. This can work with the M1 receptors to switch the cell from burst to tonic mode (McCormick DA and Prince DA, 1987 [guinea-pig and cat]2 ). (Lu SM et al, 1993 [cat]3 ). reviewed in (McCormick DA, 19891 ). SOBIV p317).
Thalamus geniculate nucleus/lateral principal GLU cellMiddle equivalent dendriteM1Afferents from the parabrachial region (T)Slow second messeger pathway that leads to a reduction in K+ current. This can switch the cell from burst to tonic mode (McCormick DA and Prince DA, 1987 [guinea-pig and cat]2 ). (Lu SM et al, 1993 [cat]3 ). reviewed in (McCormick DA, 19891 ). SOBIV p317).
Thalamus geniculate nucleus/lateral principal GLU cellMiddle equivalent dendriteNicotinicAfferents from the parabrachial region (T)Leads to a fast EPSP which allows an influx of cations. This can work with the M1 receptors to switch the cell from burst to tonic mode (McCormick DA and Prince DA, 1987 [guinea-pig and cat]2 ). (Lu SM et al, 1993 [cat]3 ). reviewed in (McCormick DA, 19891 ). SOBIV p317).
Thalamus geniculate nucleus/lateral principal GLU cellProximal equivalent dendriteM1Afferents from the parabrachial region (T)Slow second messeger pathway that leads to a reduction in K+ current. This can switch the cell from burst to tonic mode (McCormick DA and Prince DA, 1987 [guinea-pig and cat]2 ). (Lu SM et al, 1993 [cat]3 ). reviewed in (McCormick DA, 19891 ). SOBIV p317).
Thalamus geniculate nucleus/lateral principal GLU cellProximal equivalent dendriteNicotinicAfferents from the parabrachial region (T)Leads to a fast EPSP which allows an influx of cations. This can work with the M1 receptors to switch the cell from burst to tonic mode (McCormick DA and Prince DA, 1987 [guinea-pig and cat]2 ). (Lu SM et al, 1993 [cat]3 ). reviewed in (McCormick DA, 19891 ). SOBIV p317).

Classical References: first publications on each compartmental property; search PubMed for complete list
1.  McCormick DA. (1989) Cholinergic and noradrenergic modulation of thalamocortical processing. Trends Neurosci 12:215-21.
2.  McCormick DA and Prince DA. (1987) Actions of acetylcholine in the guinea-pig and cat medial and lateral geniculate nuclei, in vitro. J Physiol 392:147-65.
3.  Lu SM, Guido W and Sherman SM. (1993) The brain-stem parabrachial region controls mode of response to visual stimulation of neurons in the cat's lateral geniculate nucleus. Vis Neurosci 10:631-42.