Vision: Microcircuits Rage against the Dimming of the Light

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Abstract

At sundown when light levels fall, rod photoreceptors take the night shift from the daylight-sensitive cones and a specialized mammalian microcircuit ‘wires’ the rods into the ancestral cone pathway. A recent study combines serial electron microscopy and simultaneous patch clamp recordings to shed light on this microcircuit in unprecedented detail. At sundown when light levels fall, rod photoreceptors take the night shift from the daylight-sensitive cones and a specialized mammalian microcircuit ‘wires’ the rods into the ancestral cone pathway. A recent study combines serial electron microscopy and simultaneous patch clamp recordings to shed light on this microcircuit in unprecedented detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1114-R1116
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume28
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 24 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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