Journal of Comparative Neurology vol:393 issue:3 pages:267-283
The morphologies of axon terminals of retinal ganglion cells projecting to the basal optic nucleus (BON) via the basal optic tract (BOT) were studied in the red-eared turtle. The BOT was visualized on the ventral surface of the brainstem in vitro, and either biotinylated dextran amine was injected extracellularly or neurobiotin was injected into physiologically identified axons during intracellular recordings. Up to 16 hours after tracer injection, the brains were fixed, sectioned parasagittally, and stained for biotin and Nissl substance. The diameters and depths of extracellularly tilled axons were measured at three BON sites. Fourteen axons were reconstructed from serial sections with the aid of appropriate computer software.