Patterns of cytochrome oxidase activity in the visual cortex of a South American opossum (Didelphis marsupialis aurita).

S. Martinich, M. G. Rosa, C. E. Rocha-Miranda

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The normal pattern of cytochrome oxidase (CO) activity in the posterior cortical areas of the South American opossum (Didelphis marsupialis aurita) was assessed both in horizontal sections of flattened cortices and in transversal cortical sections. The tangential distribution of CO activity was uniformly high in the striate cortex. In the peristriate region alternating bands of dense and weak staining occupied all the cortical layers with the exception of layer I. This observation suggests the existence of a functional segregation of visual processing in the peristriate cortex of the opossum similar to that present in phylogenetically more recent groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-887
Number of pages5
JournalBrazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes

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