Melanopsin: an exciting photopigment.

@article{Hankins2008MelanopsinAE,
  title={Melanopsin: an exciting photopigment.},
  author={Mark W. Hankins and Stuart N Peirson and Russell G Foster},
  journal={Trends in neurosciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={31 1},
  pages={27-36}
}
The discovery that mice lacking rods and cones are capable of regulating their circadian rhythms by light provided the conceptual framework for the discovery of an entirely new photoreceptor system within the mammalian eye. We now know that a small subset of retinal ganglion cells are directly photosensitive and utilize an opsin/vitamin A-based photopigment called melanopsin maximally sensitive in the blue part of the spectrum. We also know that these photosensitive retinal ganglion cells… CONTINUE READING
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