Neurofibrillar long-range amacrine cells in mammalian retinae

Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 1988 Dec 22;235(1280):203-19. doi: 10.1098/rspb.1988.0072.


A distinct population of wide-field, unistratified amacrine cells are shown to be selectively stained by using neurofibrillar methods in rabbit and cat retinae. Their cell bodies may be located in the inner nuclear, inner plexiform or ganglion cell layers and they branch predominantly in stratum 2 of the inner plexiform layer. Characteristically, each cell has two or more long-range distal processes which extend for 2-3 mm beyond a more symmetrical, proximal dendritic field of 0.6-0.8 mm diameter. Although the neurofibrillar long-range amacrines account for less than 1 amacrine in 500, they achieve effective coverage of the retina by both the proximal and distal dendrites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Cell Survival / drug effects
  • Dendrites / ultrastructure
  • Kainic Acid / toxicity
  • Neurofibrils / ultrastructure*
  • Rabbits
  • Retina / cytology*
  • Retina / drug effects
  • Retina / innervation


  • Kainic Acid