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Neurosci Lett. 1989 Dec 15;107(1-3):200-4.

Haloperidol suppresses light-induced spinule formation and biphasic responses of horizontal cells in fish (roach) retina.

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Department of Pure and Applied Biology, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K.


In retinae of lower vertebrates, negative feed-back interactions between horizontal cells (second-order neurones), and cone photoreceptors lead to generation of spectrally multi-phasic light-evoked responses (S-potentials) in horizontal cells. Spinules (finger-like extensions of horizontal cell dendrites) have been suggested to mediate these interactions in retinae of teleost fish. We have studied whether prevention of light-dependent spinule formation would indeed affect an S-potential component (the red-sensitive depolarization in H2 horizontal cells), known to depend on such negative feed-back. Haloperidol was used as a dopamine antagonist to suppress light-induced formation of spinules in retinae of the cyprinid fish, the roach. In normal (untreated) retinae, biphasic S-potentials were strongly depolarizing and horizontal cell dendrites possessed abundant spinules. However, following application of haloperidol to the vitreous prior to light adaptation, spinule formation was suppressed, and concomitantly, red-sensitive depolarizing S-potentials remained significantly under-developed. The results are consistent, therefore, with the idea that spinules mediate the negative feed-back interaction between horizontal cells and cones.

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