Molecular biology of retinal ganglion cells

Mengqing Xiang, Hao Zhou, Jeremy Nathans

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Abstract

Retinal ganglion cells are the output neurons that encode and transmit information from the eye to the brain. Their diverse physiologic and anatomic properties have been intensively studied and appear to account well for a number of psychophysical phenomena such as lateral inhibition and chromatic opponency. In this paper, we summarize our current view of retinal ganglion cell properties and pose a number of questions regarding underlying molecular mechanisms. As an example of one approach to understanding molecular mechanisms, we describe recent work on several POU domain transcription factors that are expressed in subsets of retinal ganglion cells and that appear to be involved in ganglion cell development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-601
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume93
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 1996

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Retinal Ganglion Cells
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Molecular biology of retinal ganglion cells. / Xiang, Mengqing; Zhou, Hao; Nathans, Jeremy.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 93, No. 2, 23.01.1996, p. 596-601.

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