Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 164, Issue 4, pp 473–480 | Cite as

Subsurface cisterns in the vertebrate retina

  • Steven K. Fisher
  • Karen Goldman


Structures identified as subsurface cisterns (SSC's) were found in retinal neurons and their processes in the Western grey squirrel, the California and 13-line ground squirrels, the South African clawed toad, and the domestic cat. The SSC's are located in amacrine, bipolar, and ganglion cells; they are connected with the rough endoplasmic reticulum and are associated with specific membrane specializations. SSC's were not seen in the Müller cells, an observation which agrees with earlier reports that these organelles do not exist in glial cells.

Key words

Subsurface cisterns Retina Endoplasmic reticulum Neurons Membrane specialization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven K. Fisher
    • 1
  • Karen Goldman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of California at Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of California at Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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