The postnatal reduction in the uncrossed projection from the nasal retina in the cat

D. S. Jacobs, V. H. Perry, M. J. Hawken

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We have investigated the postnatal reduction of the uncrossed projection from the nasal retina in the cat by injecting horseradish peroxidase into one optic tract of kittens and cats and retrogradely labeling the cells in the ipsilateral retina that have an uncrossed projection to the brain. The newborn kitten has over 600 uncrossed cells in the nasal retina. The number is reduced at about one-quarter of that value by postnatal day 10. The two adult cats examined had 75 and 100 of these ipsilaterally projecting nasal cells. They are distributed all across the nasal retina, and most have the morphology characteristic of gamma cells. A lesion in one optic tract in the newborn kitten results in an increase in the number of cells from the nasal retina with an ipsilateral projection at maturity. There are more of these cells in the region that has been depleted of ganglion cells by the lesion. This excess consists mostly of gamma and epsilon cells. These findings indicate that competitive factors play a role in the elimination of inappropriate ganglion cell projections in the cat, and that this process contributes to the precision of the nasotemporal division of the retina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2425-2433
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984


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  • Neuroscience(all)

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