Colour Vision and Immunologically Identifiable Photoreceptor Subtypes

  • Àgoston Szèl
  • Pal Röhlich


Colour vision is based on a family of visual pigments localized in the retinal photoreceptor cells. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies generated against these proteins were used to discriminate the rods and the cone types of various vertebrate species. The different cell types were demonstrated by light microscopic immunocytochemistry on retinal sections of the turtle, the gecko, and several mammalian species. The human retina was also included. A good correlation could be found between the colour-sensitivities and the immunologic staining pattern of the photoreceptor subpopulations. This novel approach to distinguish the visual cells with immunocytochemistry proved to be useful to map the distribution of the colour-specific elements of the retina.


Visual Pigment Tangential Section Cone Type Double Cone Single Cone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Àgoston Szèl
    • 2
  • Pal Röhlich
    • 1
  1. 1.I. Laboratory of Electron MicroscopySemmelweis University of MedicineBudapestHungary
  2. 2.2nd Department of Anatomy, Histology and EmbryologySemmelweis University of MedicineBudapestHungary

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