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J Neurobiol. 1999 Oct;41(1):83-91.

Molecular basis for induction of ocular dominance plasticity.

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Department of Neuroscience and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Box 1953, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA.


The most dramatic example of experience-dependent cortical plasticity is the shift in ocular dominance that occurs in visual cortex as a consequence of monocular deprivation during early postnatal life. Many of the basic properties of this type of synaptic plasticity have been described in detail. The important challenge that remains is to understand the molecular basis for these properties. By combining theoretical analysis with experiments in vivo and in vitro, some of the elementary molecular mechanisms for visual cortical plasticity have now been uncovered.

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