Roberta G. Pourcho

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The distribution of GABA-like immunoreactivity in the cat retina was studied through the use of preembedding immunocytochemistry for light microscopy and by postembedding immunogold techniques for electron microscopy. Staining was observed in both inner and outer plexiform layers. Approximately 30% of the somata in the amacrine portion of the inner nuclear(More)
Golgi techniques were combined with electron microscopic autoradiography to identify four subpopulations of amacrine cell in the cat retina which accumulate (3H)glycine. These subpopulations include types A3, A4, A7(AII), and A8 amacrine cells. All are narrow-field cells with dendritic spreads of less than 100 micron. Quantification of silver grains showed(More)
Autoradiographic studies of cat retina showed an accumulation of [3H]dopamine in a subpopulation of amacrine cells whose process ramify in the outermost stratum of the inner plexiform layer. Dendrites of these cells are characterized by numerous varicosities measuring up to 2 micron in diameter which are connected by fine intervaricose segments. The(More)
1. The perfused adrenal gland of the rat was used to establish the identity of a non-cholinergic substance involved in splanchnic nerve-mediated secretion of catecholamines. 2. The perfused adrenal medulla was rich in vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) content (28 pmol g-1 of wet tissue). VIP-immunoreactive nerve fibres were present in the adrenal(More)
Immunocytochemical techniques were used to localize AMPA-selective glutamate receptor subunits in the cat retina. The antisera employed recognize GluR1, GluR2/3 or GluR4 subunits. Each antiserum produced a distinctive staining pattern which included horizontal cells, cone bipolar cells, and amacrine and ganglion cells. Some cells such as alpha ganglion(More)
The distribution of AMPA-selective glutamate receptor subunits was studied in the cat retina using antisera against GluR1 and GluR2/3. Both antisera were localized in postsynaptic sites in the outer plexiform layer (OPL) as well as the inner plexiform layer (IPL). Immunoreactivity for GluR1 was seen in a subpopulation of OFF cone bipolar cells and a number(More)
Localizations of the kainate-selective glutamate receptor subunits GluR5, 6, and 7 were studied in the cat retina by light and electron microscopic immunocytochemistry. GluR5 immunoreactivity was observed in the cell bodies and dendrites of numerous cone bipolar cells and ganglion cells. The labeled cone bipolar cells make basal or flat contacts with cone(More)
Golgi impregnation techniques were combined with electron microscopic autoradiography of (3H-muscimol in order to provide morphological identification of labeled neurons in the cat retina. This gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonist has been shown to label the same neurons which accumulate (3H)GABA. Selected cells were photographed and drawn by the aid of a(More)
The distribution of metabotropic glutamate receptors 1alpha (mGluR1alpha) and mGluR2/3 in the cat retina was studied through the use of preembedding immunocytochemistry for light and electron microscopy. Staining for mGluR1alpha in the outer plexiform layer was seen in numerous punctate structures that were identified as rod spherules. Cone pedicles(More)