Special Issue "Retinal Ganglion Cells 2.0"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2021.
Interests: Central nervous system; neuroprotection; neuroregeneration; neurodegeneration
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This call for papers is focused on any aspect of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) biology, during development and in adulthood. RGCs are highly specialized projection neurons. They are responsible for carrying the luminous information, visual and non-visual, from the retina to the brain.
A small proportion of RGCs express the photopigment melanopsin, rendering them intrinsically photosensitive and able to directly detect light. They send light irradiance information to the brain, and are responsible of the non-image forming responses to light, such as circadian photoentrainment or the pupillary reflex. Thus, there are two functional RGC types, image forming and non-image forming. Image-forming RGCs do not merely relay the luminous information, they extract different aspects of the image detecting light features, and thus, different RGC subtypes are specialized in specific light features.
Because the retina is part of the central nervous system RGC degeneration leads to an irrevocable loss of function which translates into blindness and dysregulation of the circadian rhythm. Current research aims to find the whys and hows behind RGC death in different pathophysiological scenarios, including the crosstalk of RGCs with glial cells, and much effort is being devoted to discover neuroprotective and neuroregenerative therapies.
The aim of this Special Issue is to update the current knowledge on RGCs, from the developmental cues that specify them to their response to injury.
You are warmly invited to submit original research, mini and full reviews, short communications, as well as perspectives, addressing any aspect of RGC biology.
Dr. Marta Agudo-Barriuso
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Retinal ganglion cells
- Visual system
- Neuronal degeneration
- Neuron-glia interactions
- Animal models
- Axonal regeneration
- Retinal diseases