Physiological Development of Retinal Synapses
Studies which have examined the development of ganglion cell receptive fields emphasize the contrasting maturation sequence of center vs. surround organization. Initially, ganglion cell responses are dominated by the center, whereas the surround activity is either absent or very weak (Bowe-Anders et al., 1975; Rusoff and Dubin, 1977; Masland, 1977). Center-surround antagonism increases with age as the surround mechanism gradually matures and eventually achieves adult characteristics. In the rabbit this period of receptive field development occurs between 8 and 30 days of age: by 30 days of age most cells have adult receptive field properties.
KeywordsGanglion Cell Receptive Field Bipolar Cell Amacrine Cell Horizontal Cell
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