Electrical and Metabolic Manifestations of Receptor and Higher-Order Neuron Activity in Vertebrate Retina

  • W. Sickel
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 24)


In addition to the detrimental effects on retinal energy metabolism of excessive exposures to light (Davson, 1969), more subtle influences of physiological light intensities area ow recognised (Schneider, 1971). These include a moderate activation of 14CO2-output in flashing light and, perhaps not quite expected, an inhibition of 14CO2-production in steady light (Sickel, 1966). Employing fast-resolving optical techniques the light activation of the energy metabolism could be traced to the neural network of the retina (Sickel, 1965), but the light-depression of energy metabolism remained puzzling.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Sickel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of CologneKöln 41Germany

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