Postnatal development of the ipsilateral retinocollicular projection and the effects of unilateral enucleation in the golden hamster

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-409
Journal / PublicationJournal of Comparative Neurology
Volume234
Issue number3
Online published15 Apr 1985
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 1985
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Anterograde transport of wheat germ agglutinin conjugated to horseradish peroxidase (WGA‐HRP) was used to study the normal development of the ipsilateral retinocollicular projection in golden hamsters, and to examine the effect of enucleation of the other eye at birth. In neonatal animals there were retinal fibers and sparsely distributed granular labeling in the superficial layers of the ipsilateral superior colliculus over its entire areal extent. Differences in the uncrossed projections of normal and enucleated animals first became clear at day 5. In normal animals, retinal fibers withdrew from the superficial layers of the superior colliculus, and the projection became concentrated in the stratum opticum, where denser clumps of label in the rostral part of the superior colliculus were first seen at day 5. In enucleated animals, the retinal projection persisted in the most superficial layers, and the density of labeling was higher than in normals. The very sensitive WGA‐HRP technique showed retinal fibers extending to the caudal pole of the superior colliculus at all ages: even in normal animals more than 2 weeks of age some fibers reached as far as the inferior colliculus. When the shrunken size of the superior colliculus in the enucleated animals was taken into account, the total areal distribution of the ipsilateral projection was similar in normal animals and enucleates. The major difference between the two groups was in the higher density of ipsilateral labeling, especially in the caudal part of the superior colliculus, and in its more superficial laminar distribution in the enucleated animals. Copyright © 1985 Alan R. Liss, Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • eye removal, neural development, retina, superior colliculus

Citation Format(s)

Postnatal development of the ipsilateral retinocollicular projection and the effects of unilateral enucleation in the golden hamster. / Insausti, R.; Blakemore, Colin; Cowan, W. Maxwell.
In: Journal of Comparative Neurology, Vol. 234, No. 3, 15.04.1985, p. 393-409.

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