Development, form, and function of the mouse visual thalamus

J Neurophysiol. 2018 Jul 1;120(1):211-225. doi: 10.1152/jn.00651.2017. Epub 2018 Apr 11.


The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) of the thalamus is the exclusive relay of retinal information en route to the visual cortex. Although much of our understanding about dLGN comes from studies done in higher mammals, such as the cat and primate, the mouse as a model organism has moved to the forefront as a tractable experimental platform to examine cell type-specific relations. This review highlights our current knowledge about the development, structure, and function of the mouse dLGN.

Keywords: dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus; mouse; retina; retinogeniculate; thalamus; vision.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Geniculate Bodies / growth & development
  • Geniculate Bodies / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Retina / physiology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology*