The proportions and receptive properties of X and Y cells in the A and A1 layers of the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) were studied in monocularly deprived cats. Contrary to previous reports, we found that there was no change in the relative number of Y cells in the geniculate layers driven by the deprived eye. There was also no marked change in the spatial resolution of X or Y cells driven from the deprived eye as compared to the cells driven from the normally experienced eye. In these same cats, the visual evoked potential from stimulation of the deprived eye with grating patterns was markedly reduced in amplitude. Furthermore, the cell bodies of the cells in the LGN driven by the deprived eye had shrunk. Therefore, these usual consequences of monocular deprivation are not necessarily associated with a loss of geniculate Y cells.
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