Compensatory Sprouting of Retinofugal Axon Trees After Early Tectal Lesions: New Evidence for the Principle of “Conservation of Total Axonal Arborizations”

  • B. A. Sabel
  • M. Donicht
  • G. E. Schneider
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The formation of axonal connections in the developing mammalian brain is determined by many factors, such as those affecting velocity and direction of growth, timing, interactions among growing axons, etc. Knowledge of these factors is of great importance not only for our comprehension of normal developmental processes but also for our understanding of the mechanisms which govern postlesion neuroplasticity.


Superior Colliculus Optic Tract Syrian Hamster Lateral Geniculate Body Retinal Projection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. A. Sabel
    • 1
  • M. Donicht
    • 1
  • G. E. Schneider
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Medical PsychologyUniversity of Munich School of MedicineMunich 2Germany
  2. 2.Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, E25-634Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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