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Neurotrophins and visual system plasticity

Carla J. Shatz

in Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Neural Development

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195111668
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865833 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111668.003.0014
 Neurotrophins and visual system plasticity

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This chapter considers recent evidence suggesting that neurotrophins may function in the activity-dependent remodeling of connections during the development of the mammalian visual cortex. It begins by considering evidence of a requirement for a retrograde signal from the postsynaptic to the presynaptic neuron. It then reviews evidence that neurotrophins may be good candidates for this signal.

Keywords: visual cortex development; neurtrophins; visual system; ocular dominant columns

Chapter.  7572 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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