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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2000 May-Jun;50(3):518-26.

[Visual afferentation deficit during diffuse photosensitivity period in nestlings affects morphogenesis in Wulst neurons].

[Article in Russian]

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Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


Golgi-stained preparations were processed with computerized morphometry to study the effect of the deprivation (eyes covered with nontransparent caps) on the development of neurons in the Wulst (the structure analogous to mammalian visual cortex) of pied flycatcher nestlings. Six-day-old nestlings that have only one form of the visual perception--diffuse photosensitivity--were studied. In the previous paper [Korneeva et al., 1994] in was shown that the Wulst of 6-day-old nestlings consisted of non-differentiated neurons and stellate-like cells at different stages of maturation; the latter group was subdivided into more- and less-mature cells. This work proved that even a 1.5-day-long deprivation (actual duration being counted off from the moment of appearance of the first retinal photoreceptors at the age of 4.5 days) resulted in significant changes in the geometry of stellate-like neurons. The changes in less-mature cells were predominantly destructive (decline of all quantitative indices of a cell, including the significant decrease in the total length of dendrites, maximal radius of the dendritic field and cell branching index), while the changes in more-mature cells were constructive (increase in all quantitative cell indices, including statistically significant increase in the soma section area, total length of dendrites, maximal radius of dendritic field and the number of foci of maximal branching). Different reactions of these cell types to the limitation of visual afferentation may be connected with differences in the afferent inflow to less- and more-mature cells or/and with different maturational stages of these neurons at the onset of deprivation.

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