Rearing cats with surgically induced esotropia results in a number of structural and functional abnormalities in the visual system. In the present experiments, we have studied the morphology of individual retinogeniculate X axons in esotropic cats using intracellular recording and staining techniques. After serially reconstructing stained axonal arbors, we find that some X axon terminations in A-laminae of the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) have larger volumes and lower bouton densities than normal. This is true for X axons projecting from both the deviated and the non-deviated eye. It is possible that these abnormalities in morphological development contribute to the disruptions in signal transfer that has been observed in X-cells in the LGN of esotropic cats.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 3 1994|
- Esotropic cat
- Retinogeniculate X axon
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