Background illumination reduces horizontal cell receptive-field size in both normal and 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned goldfish retinas Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • AbstractThe effect of background illumination on horizontal cell receptive-field size and dye coupling was investigated in isolated superfused goldfish retinas. Background illumination reduced both horizontal cell receptive-field size and dye coupling. The effect of light on horizontal cell receptive-field size was mimicked by treating the retina with 20 μM dopamine. To test the hypothesis that the effects of light were due to endogenous dopamine release, the effect of light was studied in goldfish retinas in which dopaminergic interplexiform cells were lesioned using 6-hydroxydopamine treatment. In lesioned retinas, background illumination reduced both horizontal cell receptive-field size and dye coupling. Furthermore, the effect of background illumination on unlesioned animals could not be blocked by prior treatment with the D1 dopamine receptor antagonist SCH-23390. These results suggest that, in goldfish retina, dopamine release is not the only mechanism by which horizontal cell receptive-field size could be reduced by light.

publication date

  • November 1991