Heterogeneity of Synaptic Density in the Adult Pigmented Rabbit's Visual Cortex


B. P. Choudhury, as above


In the adult pigmented rabbit, synaptic density in the lateral and medial part of the visual cortex was estimated along the projection area of the visual streak. A higher synaptic density distribution was observed in the lateral cortex (projection area of the nasal visual field) than in the medial cortex (projection area of the temporal visual field). This shows that there is a higher synaptic density in the region of the visual cortex receiving input from a retinal area with a high ganglion cell concentration than the area of the cortex receiving input from the retina with a low concentration of such cells. The regions of the visual cortex with higher and lower synaptic densities are the areas having a higher and lower magnification factor respectively.