Ninety-day-old hooded male rats were anaesthetised with an intraperitoneal injection of a mixture of xylazine and ketamine and had their right eyes removed. Groups of non-enucleated control and enucleated rats were killed at either 150 or 390 days of age by intracardiac perfusion with fixatives. Stereological methods were used to estimate the synapse-to-neuron ratios within the stratum griseum superficiale (SGS) layers of both the ipsi- and contra-lateral superior colliculi. The enucleation had no significant effects on this ratio irrespective of the side or age of the brains examined. This experiment shows that a constant synapse-to-neuron ratio may be maintained within the SGS layer of the rat superior colliculus despite the inevitable loss of synaptic contacts due to the anterograde transneuronal degeneration initiated by the enucleation.
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