Oct 15, 1989

Reorganization of visual pathways following posthatching removal of one retina in pigeons

The Journal of Comparative Neurology
P BagnoliL Sebastiani


Organization of visual pathways was studied in 2-month-old pigeons that underwent unilateral retinal removal on either the day of hatching (ERA, i.e., early retinal ablated) or the 9th day after hatching (LRA, i.e., late retinal ablated). A general size reduction of visual areas contralateral to the removed retina was found in ERA pigeons, which additionally showed an altered differentiation of thalamic visual targets as well as a different cytoarchitectonic arrangement of the superficial layers of the optic tectum. No comparable modifications were found in LRA pigeons. The retinal projections of the remaining eye were studied following intraocular injections of 3H-proline. Both in ERA and LRA pigeons, the distribution of retinofugal afferents to primary visual regions contralateral to the injected eye was similar to that of control pigeons. Anomalous ipsilateral projections from the remaining retina to primary retinorecipient regions were found in ERA pigeons only. Effects of early ablation of one retina on second-order visual connections were also studied. Following injections of wheat germ agglutinin-conjugated horseradish peroxidase (WGA-HRP) into the visual Wulst contralateral to the operated eye, a smaller number of ipsil...Continue Reading

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Optic Tract Structure
Visual System
Entire Retina
Projections and Predictions
Wheat Germ Agglutinin Isolectin 2
Retinal Diseases
Biologic Development

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