Structural Organization and Development of Dorsally-Directed (Vertical) Asymmetrical Amacrine Cells in Rabbit Retina

  • E. V. Famiglietti
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 31)


Amacrine cells are key elements in the inner retina, interposed between ganglion cells and neurons of simpler organization in the outer retina. Because ganglion cells exhibit a diversity of form and function (Cajal, ’93; Cleland and Levick, ’74; Famiglietti and Kolb, ’76; Caldwell and Daw, ’78; Famiglietti and Siegfried, ’79; Famiglietti, ’87), the roles of amacrine cells are necessarily diverse. This diversity is reflected in variations of morphology (Cajal, ’93; Boycott and Dowling, ’69; Famiglietti and Kolb, ’75; Famiglietti and Siegfried, ’80Ø), neurotransmitter localization (Brecha, ’83), synaptic connectivity (Famiglietti and Kolb, ’75; Famiglietti, ’83), and neurotransmitter function (Daw et al., ’88,’89).


Ganglion Cell Receptive Field Retinal Ganglion Cell Amacrine Cell Primary Dendrite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Famiglietti
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  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Lions’ Sight CentreUniversity of Calgary Faculty of MedicineCalgaryCanada

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