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Cerebral PlasticityNew Perspectives$
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Leo M. Chalupa, Nicoletta Berardi, Matteo Caleo, Lucia Galli-Resta, and Tommaso Pizzorusso

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015233

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.001.0001

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The Plasticity of Retinal Ganglion Cells

The Plasticity of Retinal Ganglion Cells

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(p.25) 3 The Plasticity of Retinal Ganglion Cells
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Cerebral Plasticity
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Coombs Julie L.

Chalupa Leo M.

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.003.0003

This chapter is concerned with the available literature on the plasticity of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). It illustrates a distinct and specific effect of retinal neurotransmitters on the vertical growth and elaboration of RGC dendrites. It reveals that inputs from retinal interneurons are needed for the normal maturation of RGC dendritic stratification and function. This chapter shows a mechanistic association between visual activity and plasticity of RGC dendrites. It suggests that more work is required to clarify the role of retinal activity on RGC structure and connectivity.

Keywords:   retinal ganglion cells, plasticity, retinal neurotransmitters, dendrites, dendritic stratification, retinal interneurons, visual activity

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