Visual experience and maturation of retinal synaptic pathways

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Abstract

The retinal synaptic network continues its maturational refinement after eye opening in mammals. This synaptic refinement is reflected in changes of retinal neuron synaptic activity and connectivity. In mature retina, the dendrites of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the inner plexiform layer (IPL) of retina are separated into ON or OFF sublamina. At early developmental stage, however, the dendrites of most RGCs are ramified throughout the IPL. Recently we found that the postnatal maturational processes converting bistratified ON-OFF responsive RGCs to monostratified ON and OFF responsive RGCs depend upon visual stimulation after eye opening. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Retinal ganglion cells
  • Synaptic pathway
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Visual deprivation

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