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A study of horizontal cell-photoreceptor interaction in the frog retina using a randomly modulated stimulus

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Melton, Ronald Benjamin (1981) A study of horizontal cell-photoreceptor interaction in the frog retina using a randomly modulated stimulus. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-10042006-110912

Abstract

The intracellular responses of frog horizontal cells and photoreceptors to conventional and randomly modulated stimuli were recorded by intracellular probing using glass micropipettes. The stimuli were designed to test for photoreceptor response compression by surround illumination. The results indicated that the response of photoreceptors is reduced by stimulation of the area surrounding the cell's receptive field. It appeared that the effect is generated by negative feedback from horizontal cells to both rods and cones. These findings are in good agreement with the results of earlier studies by other investigators who established that horizontal cells feed back to cone photoreceptors in many vertebrate species.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Engineering and Applied Science
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • McCann, Gilbert Donald
Thesis Committee:
  • McCann, Gilbert Donald (chair)
  • Fender, Derek H.
  • Caughey, Thomas Kirk
Defense Date:20 August 1980
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-10042006-110912
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-10042006-110912
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ID Code:3917
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Deposited On:09 Oct 2006
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:04

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