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Science ; 373(6553)2021 07 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34437090

RESUMO

The ability to perceive and respond to environmental stimuli emerges in the absence of sensory experience. Spontaneous retinal activity prior to eye opening guides the refinement of retinotopy and eye-specific segregation in mammals, but its role in the development of higher-order visual response properties remains unclear. Here, we describe a transient window in neonatal mouse development during which the spatial propagation of spontaneous retinal waves resembles the optic flow pattern generated by forward self-motion. We show that wave directionality requires the same circuit components that form the adult direction-selective retinal circuit and that chronic disruption of wave directionality alters the development of direction-selective responses of superior colliculus neurons. These data demonstrate how the developing visual system patterns spontaneous activity to simulate ethologically relevant features of the external world and thereby instruct self-organization.


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Fluxo Óptico , Retina/fisiologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/fisiologia , Visão Ocular/fisiologia , Vias Visuais , Potenciais de Ação , Células Amácrinas/fisiologia , Animais , Animais Recém-Nascidos , Axônios/fisiologia , Proteínas do Citoesqueleto/genética , Camundongos , Movimento (Física) , Mutação , Piridazinas/farmacologia , Receptores de GABA-A/metabolismo , Retina/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Análise Espaço-Temporal , Colículos Superiores/fisiologia
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