Retinal ganglion cell classes in the Old World monkey: morphology and central projections

Science. 1981 Sep 4;213(4512):1139-42. doi: 10.1126/science.7268423.


Labeled ganglion cells were studied in whole-mount retinas of Old World monkeys after electrophoretic injections of horseradish peroxidase into physiologically characterized sites. A number of different morphological classes have been identified, each of which has a distinctive pattern of central projection. Since different functional classes of primate retinal ganglion cells also have distinctive patterns of central projection, correspondences between functional and morphological cell types have been inferred. There prove to be parallels between morphological types of cat monkey ganglion cells.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Geniculate Bodies / cytology
  • Horseradish Peroxidase
  • Macaca / anatomy & histology*
  • Macaca fascicularis / anatomy & histology*
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Retina / cytology*
  • Superior Colliculi / cytology
  • Visual Pathways / cytology*


  • Horseradish Peroxidase