Selective effects of experimental glaucoma on axonal transport by retinal ganglion cells to the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus

L. Dandona, A. Hendrickson, H. A. Quigley

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Rapid-phase axonal transport to the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) was determined autoradiographically in seven macaque monkey eyes with chronic intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation, in four eyes with an acute IOP elevation, and in three eyes with normal IOP. The monkeys with chronic IOP elevation showed a greater decrease in radioactive labeling of the magnocellular layers of the dLGN than the parvocellular layers by qualitative examination. Grain counts in selected specimens confirmed that transport to the magnocellular layers was less than to the parvocellular layers in monkeys with chronic IOP elevation. This selectivity was present in mildly damaged specimens and increased with greater ganglion cell loss. In monkeys with acute IOP elevation, qualitative evaluation suggested no consistent difference in transport among the dLGN layers; one animal in this group had less transport to the parvocellular than to the magnocellular layers by grain counts. Starting in early stages of the disease, chronic experimental glaucoma causes preferential damage to the ganglion cells that project to the magnocellular layers of the dLGN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1593-1599
Number of pages7
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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