The electroretinographic responses of regenerated eyes of snails (C. aspersa) were studied by means of suction electrodes and single or repetitive flash stimulation. The eyes were fixed and observed under light and electron microscopy. The results indicate that the electroretinographic response of regenerated eyes does not differ from control eyes after dark adaptation. However, the repetitive stimulation of the regenerated eyes induced an earlier fatigue of the response, evident after the fifth stimulus. This fatigue is a function of light intensity. Ultrastructural features of the regenerated eyes are similar to those of the control eyes but regenerated eyes show smaller rhabdomeres, fewer photic vesicles, and fewer paracrystalline bodies. It is suggested that the regenerated eye lability to the repetitive stimulation might be due to the decrease in the amount of photic vesicles and paracrystalline bodies, to the decrease in membrane surface of the rhabdomeres, or to some other metabolic failure not distinguished at electron microscopic level, like the membrane ionic regulation. The appearance of photic vesicles in the axon cones of regenerated and stimulated cells also suggests a possible failure in the mechanism of transport of vesicles.
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- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience