The effect of monocular deprivation on the synaptic contacts of the visual cortex

Citation:
Fifková, Eva. "The effect of monocular deprivation on the synaptic contacts of the visual cortex." Journal of Neurobiology. 1 (1969): 285-294.

Abstract:

The effect of visual deprivation on synaptic contacts in the visual cortex was studied with the electron microscope. The deprivation was achieved by unilateral lid suture in 14-day old white rats before eye opening after which the animals were kept for 8 weeks. The density and the size of synaptic contacts in the upper part of the visual cortex (from the surface of layer II up to V) were estimated. The mean density of synapses of the visual cortex supplied by the deprived eye was 20% less than on the control side, the upper levels of the cortex being more affected. The mean size of synaptic contacts was larger (+7.5%) in the upper levels of the deprived cortex. No right left difference in density and size were found in control animals.

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