, Volume 97, Issue 1, pp 9-21

Cone positive off-response in normal and dystrophic cats

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Light-adapted cone ERG in response to white stimuli with long duration (200 ms) was studied in seven normal cats and six cats with early to moderate, inherited retinal dystrophy. The stimuli typically elicited an ERG consisting of an a- and b-wave in response to light onset, whereas light-offset was followed by a cornea-positive d-wave and subsequent negative dip and occasionally a second positive peak in both normal and dystrophic cats, although b- and d- waves had less distinct peaks in cats with moderately advanced retinal dystrophy. Linear regression models indicated a positive correlation between d-wave amplitude and stimulus luminance, whereas a negative correlation was found between amplitude and background light luminance in normal cats. The d-wave implicit time was independent of both stimulus and background light luminance in normal cats. The d-wave amplitude was not significantly different in dystrophic cats, whereas the implicit time was increased when affected cats were compared to normal cats. The significant increase in implicit time in dystrophic cats could not be explained with a reduced sensitivity of the off-pathway to background or stimulus light. This is supported by the finding that d-wave amplitude was not significantly altered in early to moderately advanced dystrophic cats.

This revised version was published online in July 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.