Concepts and Challenges in Retinal Biology, Volume 131

1st Edition

Editors: H. Kolb H. Ripps S. Wu
Paperback ISBN: 9780444514844
eBook ISBN: 9780080930480
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 11th September 2003
Page Count: 772


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Table of Contents

List of contributors. Preface. Introduction. Acknowledgements.

Cellular Organization and Synaptic Circuitry.

  1. Cellular organization of the vertebrate retina (H. Kolb, R. Nelson, P. Ahnelt, N. Cuenca).
  2. Comparative anatomy of major retinal pathways in the eyes of nocturnal and diurnal mammals (K. Linberg, N. Cuenca, P. Ahnelt, S. Fisher, H. Kolb).
  3. Synaptic organisation in the fly's optic lamina: few cells, many synapses and divergent microcircuits (I.A. Meinertzhagen, K.E. Sorra).
  4. Complexities of retinal circuitry revealed by neurotransmitter receptor localization (C.L. Zucker, B. Ehinger).
  5. Synaptic inputs to dopaminergic neurons in mammalian retinas (D.W. Marshak).
  6. Molecular diversity of gap junctions between horizontal cells (U. Janssen-Bienhold, K. Schultz, W. Hoppenstedt, R. Weiler).
  7. Real time imaging of the production and movement of nitric oxide in the retina (W.E. Eldred). Functional Organization.
  8. Integration and segregation of visual signals by bipolar cells in the tiger salamander retina (S.M. Wu, F. Gao, B.R. Maple).
  9. Transmission at the photoreceptor synapse (P. Witkovsky, W. Thoreson, D. Tranchina).
  10. Organization of on- and off- pathways in the zebrafish retina: neurotransmitter localization, electrophysiological responses of bipolar cells, and patterns of axon terminal stratification (V.P. Connaughton).
  11. Retinal information processing and ambient illumination (R.L. Chappell).
  12. Plasticity of AII amacrine cell circuitry in the mammalian retina (S.A. Bloomfield).
  13. Neuromodulation of voltage-dependent K+ channels in bipolar cells: immunocytochemical and electrophysiological studies (S. Yazulla, K.M. Studholme, S.-F. Fan, C. Mora-Ferrer).
  14. Synaptic mechanisms


In August 2000 a Festschrift was held at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts to celebrate the career of Professor John E. Dowling on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Containing contributions from more than 50 of John's colleagues, representing a Who's Who of the vision research community, this work not only provides a memento of the occasion, but will hopefully serve as a basic reference for future researchers in retinal biology.

The volume is divided somewhat arbitrarily into seven areas of retinal research containing chapters that present in some cases a broad overview of a particular topic, and in others an account of current research and studies in progress. These chapters exemplify the richness, diversity, and excitement of contemporary retinal research. They also remind us of how much more needs to be done before we understand fully the interrelationship between retinal neurons, the complex interactions between neurons and glial cells, and the mechanisms that govern retinal development.

A final chapter contributed by John Dowling provides an overview of past accomplishments, and offers some future perspectives on retinal research in the 21st century.


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About the Editors

H. Kolb Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

John Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, 50 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132, USA

H. Ripps Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Illinois, College of Medicine, 1855 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

S. Wu Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, 6565 Fannin Street, NC-205, Houston, TX 77030, USA