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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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Vision-Dependent Plasticity at the Retinogeniculate Synapse

Vision-Dependent Plasticity at the Retinogeniculate Synapse

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(p.49) 5 Vision-Dependent Plasticity at the Retinogeniculate Synapse
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Cerebral Plasticity
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Chinfei Chen

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.003.0005

This chapter outlines recent work examining plasticity in retinogeniculate synapses, including a work that points to a role of experience-dependent plasticity in the visual thalamus. It reveals that while the developmental stages of eye-specific layering and fine synaptic remodeling may share some mechanisms, other mechanisms are distinct. This chapter shows that the studies in the visual thalamus indicate links between retinal ganglion cell (RGC) and thalamic relay neurons. Finally, a model for retinogeniculate plasticity is proposed and analyzed.

Keywords:   retinogeniculate synapse, retinogeniculate plasticity, visual thalamus, retinal ganglion cell, thalamic relay neurons

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