The action of neurotrophins in the development and plasticity of the visual cortex

Prog Neurobiol. 1996 May;49(1):53-71. doi: 10.1016/0301-0082(96)00008-1.


Nerve growth factor (NGF) and the other members of the NGF gene family have been extensively characterized as neurotrophic factors. Recently a modulatory action of these neurotrophic factors on synapse efficacy has emerged. The developing visual system has provided a convenient model to test the role of neurotrophins on neural plasticity in vivo.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor / physiology
  • Humans
  • Nerve Growth Factors / physiology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / growth & development*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*


  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
  • Nerve Growth Factors