Loss of photoreceptors during retinal degeneration results in permanent visual impairment. Strategies for vision restoration based on the reintroduction of photoreceptors inherently rely on the ability of the remaining retinal neurons to correctly synapse with new photoreceptors. We show that deafferented bipolar cells in the adult mammalian retina can reconnect to rods and cones and restore retinal sensitivity at scotopic and photopic luminances.
Corinne Beier, Anahit Hovhannisyan, Sydney Weiser, Jennifer Kung, Seungjun Lee, Dae Yeong Lee, Philip Huie, Roopa Dalal, Daniel Palanker and Alexander Sher
Journal of Neuroscience 3 April 2017, 2570-16; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2570-16.2017