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Anat Histol Embryol. 2006 Dec;35(6):412-5.

Defining cytochemical markers for different cell types in the equine retina.

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  • 1Institute of Animal Physiology, Veterin√§rstr. 13, D-80539 M√ľnchen, Germany.


The major cell types in the mammalian retina are photoreceptors, amacrine, horizontal, bipolar, ganglion and Mueller glial cells. Most of the specific cell types are conserved, but cytochemical markers vary between species. The aim of our study was to characterize cytochemically distinctive markers for different cell types in the equine retina. We were able to define specific markers for equine Mueller glial cells and photoreceptor cells. Furthermore, we describe markers for large ganglion cells, horizontal and amacrine cells and a subpopulation of bipolar cells. Additionally, discrimination between the inner plexiform layer and nerve fibre layer can be achieved by expression of syntaxin and neurofilament 200 respectively.

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