Immunocytochemical localization of parvalbumin- and neurofilament triplet protein immunoreactivity in the cat retina: colocalization in a subpopulation of AII amacrine cells

Robert Gábriel, Charles Straznicky

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Using antibodies against parvalbumin and neurofilament triplet protein, colocalization of these two neuronal markers was revealed in all of type A horizontal cells and alpha ganglion cells and in a small number of AII amacrine cells of the cat retina. Besides the double-labeled neurons, parvalbumin alone was present in type B horizontal cells, in small numbers of starburst- and A13-like amacrine cells and in the somata of unidentified ganglion cells. The processes of the double- or single-labeled amacrine cells did not have a continuous retinal cover. Although the parvalbumin- and neurofilament-immunolabeled amacrine cells belonged to groups of neurons with well-defined cell morphologies, their neurochemical features differed from other AII, starburst and A13 amacrine cells. The presence of these cells may be due to an accidental expression of an unusual combination of neurochemical features during retinal development. It is also possible that these cells support the functioning of ganglion cells with rarely occurring complex receptive fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalBrain research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 6 1992



  • Amacrine cell
  • Double labeling
  • Ganglion cell
  • Horizontal cell
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Neurofilament triplet
  • Parvalbumin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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