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The Development of the Vertebrate Retina

A Comparative Survey


Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-VIII
  2. Gerd Grün
    Pages 1-2
  3. Gerd Grün
    Pages 2-35
  4. Gerd Grün
    Pages 35-57
  5. Gerd Grün
    Pages 65-67
  6. Gerd Grün
    Pages 67-69
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 70-88

About this book


The mature vertebrate retina is a highly complicated array of several kinds of cells, capable of receiving light impulses, transforming them into neuronal membrane currents, and transmitting these in a meaningful way to central processing. Before it starts to develop, it is a small sheet of unconspicuous cells, which do not differ from other cells of the central nervous system. The chain of events which lead to the trans­ formation from this stage into that of highly specialized cells ready to fulfll a specific task, is usually called "differentiation. " Originally, this word indicated firstly the proc­ ess of divergence from other cells which were previously alike, and secondly, the change from an earlier stage of the same cello lt has become widespread practice to imply by the word "differentiation" also the acquisition of specific properties and capacities which are characteristic of a mature, Le. , specifically active, cello Every cell is active at any stage of development, but certain activities are shared by most cells (e. g. , the activities of preparing and accomplishing proliferation, that of initiating development, that of maintaining a certain level of metabolism), while there are others which are shared by only a small number of - originally relate- cells. In most cases these latter activities are acquired by the fmal steps of cellular development, the terminal "differentiation. " In the context of the present paper, the word "function" will refer to this latter type of specific activity.


Netzhaut Wirbeltiere cell central nervous system development membrane metabolism migration nervous system retina tissue vertebrates

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Spezielle ZoologieRuhr-Universität BochumBochum 1Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Development of the Vertebrate Retina
  • Book Subtitle A Comparative Survey
  • Authors G. Grün
  • Series Title Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-11770-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-68719-8
  • Series ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-7065
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 88
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anatomy
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