Multiple photoreceptors contribute to nonimage-forming visual functions predominantly through melanopsin-containing retinal ganglion cells.

@article{Gler2007MultiplePC,
  title={Multiple photoreceptors contribute to nonimage-forming visual functions predominantly through melanopsin-containing retinal ganglion cells.},
  author={A D G{\"u}ler and Cara M. Altimus and Jennifer L. Ecker and Samer S Hattar},
  journal={Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={72},
  pages={509-15}
}
In the absence of functional rod and cone photoreceptors, mammals retain the ability to detect light for a variety of physiological functions such as circadian photoentrainment and pupillary light reflex. This is attributed to a third class of photoreceptors, the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells that express the photopigment melanopsin. Even though in the absence of rods and cones, mammals retain the ability to detect light for various nonimage-forming visual functions, rods… CONTINUE READING

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