External Proton Mediates the Feedback from Horizontal Cells to Cones in the Newt Retina

  • Hajime Hirasawa
  • Akimichi Kaneko
Conference paper
Part of the Keio University International Symposia for Life Sciences and Medicine book series (KEIO, volume 11)


The center-surround organization of the receptive fields is one of the most important properties of retinal neurons. Cone photoreceptors show concentric receptive field; they are hyperpolarized by spot light and depolarized by annulus light. It is widely accepted that the negative feedback from horizontal cells (HCs) generates the surround response of cones. Although accumulating evidence suggests that γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) mediates the feedback from HC to cones, there are still a number of reports criticizing the GABA hypothesis of HC-cone feedback. In the goldfish, Verweij et al. [1] have reported that the feedback was detectable in the presence of GABA antagonist, and the surround illumination shifted the activation voltage of the cone calcium current (ICa) to be more negative. In the present study, we reexamined the mechanism of feedback to find an answer to this controversy.

Key words

Horizontal cell Cone Feedback 


  1. 1.
    Verweij J, Kamermans M, Spekreijse H (1996) Horizontal cells feed back to cones by shifting the cone calcium-current activation range. Vision Res 36: 3943–3953PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hajime Hirasawa
    • 1
  • Akimichi Kaneko
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, School of MedicineKeio UniversityShinjuku-ku, TokyoJapan

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