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Light and electron microscopy were used to investigate the morphology of neuropil and neuronal cell bodies of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGNd) of aged rats. Light microscopic examination reveals that, despite the optic tract showing signs of degeneration, the LGNd is scarcely affected. Thus, a slight but significant reduction in the diameters of(More)
The variations, with aging, of both neuronal and glial populations of the rat LGNd have been studied quantitatively. Our results show a stability of the total number of neurons of the rat LGNd with aging; this, plus the constant increase of the rat LGNd volume throughout rat life, causes the neuronal density to decrease slowly. Our data prove the necessity(More)
The postnatal development of complex convolutions (CCs) of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGNd) in normal rats has been studied quantitatively with light microscopy. We report that immature neurons do not contain these scarcely understood organelles, since they can be seen for the first time in very few, mature neurons of the 30 day rat; their(More)
Quantitative changes in cell number during development of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus were determined using semithin serial sections of tissue obtained from 28 rats on postnatal day 0, 5, 8, 10, 20, 30, 90 or 165. Our results show three phases of postnatal development in the rat dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus: phase 1 from birth until eye(More)
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