Ex Vivo Functional Evaluation of Synaptic Transmission from Rods to Rod Bipolar Cells in Mice
Mice have been widely used as a model organism to study mechanisms of phototransduction and synaptic transmission in the retina. Genetic manipulations and electrophysiological techniques for analysis of photoreceptor and rod bipolar cell function in mice are uniquely advanced. Here, we describe a set of biochemical and electrophysiological techniques for evaluation of synaptic transmission at the rod–rod bipolar cell synapse, which represents the first and key step in the processing of dim-light visual information.
Key wordsRetina Rod photoreceptor Rod bipolar cell Immunoblot Immunofluorescence Suction electrode Patch clamp
This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health grants EY-10843 and EY-12682 to N.O.A.
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