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Involvement of β-adrenoreceptors in the shift of ocular dominance after monocular deprivation

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In the visual cortex of young kittens, the extent of ocular dominance shift following brief monocular lid suture was less than expected in the hemisphere which had been locally perfused with β-adrenergic receptor blockers at a moderate concentration. The present result was not due to the effect similar to binocular deprivation, since “local anesthetic effect” of β-adrenergic blockers was unlikely to be involved in the present paradigm. Thus, the present results are consistent with the idea that β-adrenergic receptors within the visual cortex are necessary, at least in part, for the regulation of visuocortical plasticity.

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Kasamatsu, T., Shirokawa, T. Involvement of β-adrenoreceptors in the shift of ocular dominance after monocular deprivation. Exp Brain Res 59, 507–514 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00261341

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Key words

  • β Adrenoreceptors
  • Neuronal plasticity
  • Ocular dominance
  • Monocular lid suture
  • Kitten visual cortex