Specialized junctions at which a neuron communicates with a target cell. At classical synapses, a neuron's presynaptic terminal releases a chemical transmitter stored in synaptic vesicles which diffuses across a narrow synaptic cleft and activates receptors on the postsynaptic membrane of the target cell. The target may be a dendrite, cell body, or axon of another neuron, or a specialized region of a muscle or secretory cell. Neurons may also communicate via direct electrical coupling with ELECTRICAL SYNAPSES. Several other non-synaptic chemical or electric signal transmitting processes occur via extracellular mediated interactions.
The interfaces between T-CELLS and ANTIGEN-PRESENTING CELLS. Supramolecular organization of proteins takes place at these synapses involving various types of immune cells. Immunological synapses can have several functions including LYMPHOCYTE ACTIVATION; enhancing, balancing, or terminating signaling; or directing cytokine secretion.
The communication from a NEURON to a target (neuron, muscle, or secretory cell) across a SYNAPSE. In chemical synaptic transmission, the presynaptic neuron releases a NEUROTRANSMITTER that diffuses across the synaptic cleft and binds to specific synaptic receptors, activating them. The activated receptors modulate specific ion channels and/or second-messenger systems in the postsynaptic cell. In electrical synaptic transmission, electrical signals are communicated as an ionic current flow across ELECTRICAL SYNAPSES.
Depolarization of membrane potentials at the SYNAPTIC MEMBRANES of target neurons during neurotransmission. Excitatory postsynaptic potentials can singly or in summation reach the trigger threshold for ACTION POTENTIALS.
The distal terminations of axons which are specialized for the release of neurotransmitters. Also included are varicosities along the course of axons which have similar specializations and also release transmitters. Presynaptic terminals in both the central and peripheral nervous systems are included.
Specialized junctions between NEURONS which connect the cytoplasm of one neuron to another allowing direct passage of an ion current.
The capacity of the NERVOUS SYSTEM to change its reactivity as the result of successive activations.
The basic cellular units of nervous tissue. Each neuron consists of a body, an axon, and dendrites. Their purpose is to receive, conduct, and transmit impulses in the NERVOUS SYSTEM.
A curved elevation of GRAY MATTER extending the entire length of the floor of the TEMPORAL HORN of the LATERAL VENTRICLE (see also TEMPORAL LOBE). The hippocampus proper, subiculum, and DENTATE GYRUS constitute the hippocampal formation. Sometimes authors include the ENTORHINAL CORTEX in the hippocampal formation.
Membrane-bound compartments which contain transmitter molecules. Synaptic vesicles are concentrated at presynaptic terminals. They actively sequester transmitter molecules from the cytoplasm. In at least some synapses, transmitter release occurs by fusion of these vesicles with the presynaptic membrane, followed by exocytosis of their contents.
Extensions of the nerve cell body. They are short and branched and receive stimuli from other NEURONS.
A class of ionotropic glutamate receptors characterized by their affinity for the agonist AMPA (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid).
Spiny processes on DENDRITES, each of which receives excitatory input from one nerve ending (NERVE ENDINGS). They are commonly found on PURKINJE CELLS and PYRAMIDAL CELLS.
A persistent increase in synaptic efficacy, usually induced by appropriate activation of the same synapses. The phenomenological properties of long-term potentiation suggest that it may be a cellular mechanism of learning and memory.
Use of electric potential or currents to elicit biological responses.
An electrophysiologic technique for studying cells, cell membranes, and occasionally isolated organelles. All patch-clamp methods rely on a very high-resistance seal between a micropipette and a membrane; the seal is usually attained by gentle suction. The four most common variants include on-cell patch, inside-out patch, outside-out patch, and whole-cell clamp. Patch-clamp methods are commonly used to voltage clamp, that is control the voltage across the membrane and measure current flow, but current-clamp methods, in which the current is controlled and the voltage is measured, are also used.
A class of ionotropic glutamate receptors characterized by affinity for N-methyl-D-aspartate. NMDA receptors have an allosteric binding site for glycine which must be occupied for the channel to open efficiently and a site within the channel itself to which magnesium ions bind in a voltage-dependent manner. The positive voltage dependence of channel conductance and the high permeability of the conducting channel to calcium ions (as well as to monovalent cations) are important in excitotoxicity and neuronal plasticity.
The function of opposing or restraining the excitation of neurons or their target excitable cells.
The synapse between a neuron and a muscle.
Substances used for their pharmacological actions on any aspect of neurotransmitter systems. Neurotransmitter agents include agonists, antagonists, degradation inhibitors, uptake inhibitors, depleters, precursors, and modulators of receptor function.
A non-essential amino acid naturally occurring in the L-form. Glutamic acid is the most common excitatory neurotransmitter in the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
Cell membranes associated with synapses. Both presynaptic and postsynaptic membranes are included along with their integral or tightly associated specializations for the release or reception of transmitters.
The most common inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.
A persistent activity-dependent decrease in synaptic efficacy between NEURONS. It typically occurs following repeated low-frequency afferent stimulation, but it can be induced by other methods. Long-term depression appears to play a role in MEMORY.
Nerve fibers that are capable of rapidly conducting impulses away from the neuron cell body.
Most generally any NEURONS which are not motor or sensory. Interneurons may also refer to neurons whose AXONS remain within a particular brain region in contrast to projection neurons, which have axons projecting to other brain regions.
Drugs that bind to but do not activate excitatory amino acid receptors, thereby blocking the actions of agonists.
The output neurons of the cerebellar cortex.
Axons of certain cells in the DENTATE GYRUS. They project to the polymorphic layer of the dentate gyrus and to the proximal dendrites of PYRAMIDAL CELLS of the HIPPOCAMPUS. These mossy fibers should not be confused with mossy fibers that are cerebellar afferents (see NERVE FIBERS).
Theoretical representations that simulate the behavior or activity of the neurological system, processes or phenomena; includes the use of mathematical equations, computers, and other electronic equipment.
Projection neurons in the CEREBRAL CORTEX and the HIPPOCAMPUS. Pyramidal cells have a pyramid-shaped soma with the apex and an apical dendrite pointed toward the pial surface and other dendrites and an axon emerging from the base. The axons may have local collaterals but also project outside their cortical region.
Refers to animals in the period of time just after birth.
Abrupt changes in the membrane potential that sweep along the CELL MEMBRANE of excitable cells in response to excitation stimuli.
A strain of albino rat used widely for experimental purposes because of its calmness and ease of handling. It was developed by the Sprague-Dawley Animal Company.
Cell-surface proteins that bind glutamate and trigger changes which influence the behavior of cells. Glutamate receptors include ionotropic receptors (AMPA, kainate, and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors), which directly control ion channels, and metabotropic receptors which act through second messenger systems. Glutamate receptors are the most common mediators of fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. They have also been implicated in the mechanisms of memory and of many diseases.
Cytoskeleton specialization at the cytoplasmic side of postsynaptic membrane in SYNAPSES. It is involved in neuronal signaling and NEURONAL PLASTICITY and comprised of GLUTAMATE RECEPTORS; scaffolding molecules (e.g., PSD95, PSD93), and other proteins (e.g., CaCMKII).
A MARVEL domain-containing protein found in the presynaptic vesicles of NEURONS and NEUROENDOCRINE CELLS. It is commonly used as an immunocytochemical marker for neuroendocrine differentiation.
A vesicular glutamate transporter protein that is predominately expressed in TELENCEPHALON of the BRAIN.
The study of the generation and behavior of electrical charges in living organisms particularly the nervous system and the effects of electricity on living organisms.
The voltages across pre- or post-SYNAPTIC MEMBRANES.
Catalyzes the ATP-dependent PHOSPHORYLATION of GMP to generate GDP and ADP.
Neurons which activate MUSCLE CELLS.
The part of brain that lies behind the BRAIN STEM in the posterior base of skull (CRANIAL FOSSA, POSTERIOR). It is also known as the "little brain" with convolutions similar to those of CEREBRAL CORTEX, inner white matter, and deep cerebellar nuclei. Its function is to coordinate voluntary movements, maintain balance, and learn motor skills.
Hyperpolarization of membrane potentials at the SYNAPTIC MEMBRANES of target neurons during NEUROTRANSMISSION. They are local changes which diminish responsiveness to excitatory signals.
Cells propagated in vitro in special media conducive to their growth. Cultured cells are used to study developmental, morphologic, metabolic, physiologic, and genetic processes, among others.
A family of synaptic vesicle-associated proteins involved in the short-term regulation of NEUROTRANSMITTER release. Synapsin I, the predominant member of this family, links SYNAPTIC VESICLES to ACTIN FILAMENTS in the presynaptic nerve terminal. These interactions are modulated by the reversible PHOSPHORYLATION of synapsin I through various signal transduction pathways. The protein is also a substrate for cAMP- and CALCIUM-CALMODULIN-DEPENDENT PROTEIN KINASES. It is believed that these functional properties are also shared by synapsin II.
Slender processes of NEURONS, including the AXONS and their glial envelopes (MYELIN SHEATH). Nerve fibers conduct nerve impulses to and from the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
Neural tracts connecting one part of the nervous system with another.
Cell surface proteins that bind glutamate and act through G-proteins to influence second messenger systems. Several types of metabotropic glutamate receptors have been cloned. They differ in pharmacology, distribution, and mechanisms of action.
An opisthobranch mollusk of the order Anaspidea. It is used frequently in studies of nervous system development because of its large identifiable neurons. Aplysiatoxin and its derivatives are not biosynthesized by Aplysia, but acquired by ingestion of Lyngbya (seaweed) species.
Surface ligands that mediate cell-to-cell adhesion and function in the assembly and interconnection of the vertebrate nervous system. These molecules promote cell adhesion via a homophilic mechanism. These are not to be confused with NEURAL CELL ADHESION MOLECULES, now known to be expressed in a variety of tissues and cell types in addition to nervous tissue.
A basic element found in nearly all organized tissues. It is a member of the alkaline earth family of metals with the atomic symbol Ca, atomic number 20, and atomic weight 40. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and combines with phosphorus to form calcium phosphate in the bones and teeth. It is essential for the normal functioning of nerves and muscles and plays a role in blood coagulation (as factor IV) and in many enzymatic processes.
Drugs that bind to but do not activate GABA RECEPTORS, thereby blocking the actions of endogenous GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID and GABA RECEPTOR AGONISTS.
Microscopy using an electron beam, instead of light, to visualize the sample, thereby allowing much greater magnification. The interactions of ELECTRONS with specimens are used to provide information about the fine structure of that specimen. In TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY the reactions of the electrons that are transmitted through the specimen are imaged. In SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY an electron beam falls at a non-normal angle on the specimen and the image is derived from the reactions occurring above the plane of the specimen.
One of four subsections of the hippocampus described by Lorente de No, located furthest from the DENTATE GYRUS.
Electron microscopy in which the ELECTRONS or their reaction products that pass down through the specimen are imaged below the plane of the specimen.
Neurotransmitter receptors located on or near presynaptic terminals or varicosities. Presynaptic receptors which bind transmitter molecules released by the terminal itself are termed AUTORECEPTORS.
A technique for maintenance or growth of animal organs in vitro. It refers to three-dimensional cultures of undisaggregated tissue retaining some or all of the histological features of the tissue in vivo. (Freshney, Culture of Animal Cells, 3d ed, p1)
Electrical responses recorded from nerve, muscle, SENSORY RECEPTOR, or area of the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM following stimulation. They range from less than a microvolt to several microvolts. The evoked potential can be auditory (EVOKED POTENTIALS, AUDITORY), somatosensory (EVOKED POTENTIALS, SOMATOSENSORY), visual (EVOKED POTENTIALS, VISUAL), or motor (EVOKED POTENTIALS, MOTOR), or other modalities that have been reported.
A meshlike structure composed of interconnecting nerve cells that are separated at the synaptic junction or joined to one another by cytoplasmic processes. In invertebrates, for example, the nerve net allows nerve impulses to spread over a wide area of the net because synapses can pass information in any direction.
Strains of mice in which certain GENES of their GENOMES have been disrupted, or "knocked-out". To produce knockouts, using RECOMBINANT DNA technology, the normal DNA sequence of the gene being studied is altered to prevent synthesis of a normal gene product. Cloned cells in which this DNA alteration is successful are then injected into mouse EMBRYOS to produce chimeric mice. The chimeric mice are then bred to yield a strain in which all the cells of the mouse contain the disrupted gene. Knockout mice are used as EXPERIMENTAL ANIMAL MODELS for diseases (DISEASE MODELS, ANIMAL) and to clarify the functions of the genes.
Drugs used for their actions on any aspect of excitatory amino acid neurotransmitter systems. Included are drugs that act on excitatory amino acid receptors, affect the life cycle of excitatory amino acid transmitters, or affect the survival of neurons using excitatory amino acids.
A strain of albino rat developed at the Wistar Institute that has spread widely at other institutions. This has markedly diluted the original strain.
Protein analogs and derivatives of the Aequorea victoria green fluorescent protein that emit light (FLUORESCENCE) when excited with ULTRAVIOLET RAYS. They are used in REPORTER GENES in doing GENETIC TECHNIQUES. Numerous mutants have been made to emit other colors or be sensitive to pH.
Proteins which are found in membranes including cellular and intracellular membranes. They consist of two types, peripheral and integral proteins. They include most membrane-associated enzymes, antigenic proteins, transport proteins, and drug, hormone, and lectin receptors.
INTERNEURONS of the vertebrate RETINA containing two processes. They receive inputs from the RETINAL PHOTORECEPTOR CELLS and send outputs to the RETINAL GANGLION CELLS. The bipolar cells also make lateral connections in the retina with the RETINAL HORIZONTAL CELLS and with the AMACRINE CELLS.
Neurons which conduct NERVE IMPULSES to the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
The superficial GRAY MATTER of the CEREBELLUM. It consists of two main layers, the stratum moleculare and the stratum granulosum.
Cellular release of material within membrane-limited vesicles by fusion of the vesicles with the CELL MEMBRANE.
A vesicular glutamate transporter protein that is predominately expressed in the DIENCEPHALON and lower brainstem regions of the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
Elements of limited time intervals, contributing to particular results or situations.
Cell surface proteins which bind GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID and contain an integral membrane chloride channel. Each receptor is assembled as a pentamer from a pool of at least 19 different possible subunits. The receptors belong to a superfamily that share a common CYSTEINE loop.
A potent excitatory amino acid antagonist with a preference for non-NMDA iontropic receptors. It is used primarily as a research tool.
A family of vesicular neurotransmitter transporter proteins that sequester the inhibitory neurotransmitters GLYCINE; GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID; and possibly GAMMA-HYDROXYBUTYRATE into SECRETORY VESICLES.
The D-enantiomer is a potent and specific antagonist of NMDA glutamate receptors (RECEPTORS, N-METHYL-D-ASPARTATE). The L form is inactive at NMDA receptors but may affect the AP4 (2-amino-4-phosphonobutyrate; APB) excitatory amino acid receptors.
Drugs that bind to and activate excitatory amino acid receptors.
Clusters of neuronal cell bodies in invertebrates. Invertebrate ganglia may also contain neuronal processes and non-neuronal supporting cells. Many invertebrate ganglia are favorable subjects for research because they have small numbers of functional neuronal types which can be identified from one animal to another.
Microscopy in which the samples are first stained immunocytochemically and then examined using an electron microscope. Immunoelectron microscopy is used extensively in diagnostic virology as part of very sensitive immunoassays.
The largest portion of the CEREBRAL CORTEX in which the NEURONS are arranged in six layers in the mammalian brain: molecular, external granular, external pyramidal, internal granular, internal pyramidal and multiform layers.
A dense intricate feltwork of interwoven fine glial processes, fibrils, synaptic terminals, axons, and dendrites interspersed among the nerve cells in the gray matter of the central nervous system.
The part of the brain that connects the CEREBRAL HEMISPHERES with the SPINAL CORD. It consists of the MESENCEPHALON; PONS; and MEDULLA OBLONGATA.
The thin layer of GRAY MATTER on the surface of the CEREBRAL HEMISPHERES that develops from the TELENCEPHALON and folds into gyri and sulchi. It reaches its highest development in humans and is responsible for intellectual faculties and higher mental functions.
The voltage differences across a membrane. For cellular membranes they are computed by subtracting the voltage measured outside the membrane from the voltage measured inside the membrane. They result from differences of inside versus outside concentration of potassium, sodium, chloride, and other ions across cells' or ORGANELLES membranes. For excitable cells, the resting membrane potentials range between -30 and -100 millivolts. Physical, chemical, or electrical stimuli can make a membrane potential more negative (hyperpolarization), or less negative (depolarization).
Cell surface proteins that bind acetylcholine with high affinity and trigger intracellular changes influencing the behavior of cells. Cholinergic receptors are divided into two major classes, muscarinic and nicotinic, based originally on their affinity for nicotine and muscarine. Each group is further subdivided based on pharmacology, location, mode of action, and/or molecular biology.
Common name for Carassius auratus, a type of carp (CARPS).
An IBOTENIC ACID homolog and glutamate agonist. The compound is the defining agonist for the AMPA subtype of glutamate receptors (RECEPTORS, AMPA). It has been used as a radionuclide imaging agent but is more commonly used as an experimental tool in cell biological studies.
Postsynaptic potentials generated from a release of neurotransmitters from a presynaptic nerve terminal in the absence of an ACTION POTENTIAL. They may be m.e.p.p.s (miniature EXCITATORY POSTSYNAPTIC POTENTIALS) or m.i.p.p.s (miniature INHIBITORY POSTSYNAPTIC POTENTIALS).
Laboratory mice that have been produced from a genetically manipulated EGG or EMBRYO, MAMMALIAN.
A light microscopic technique in which only a small spot is illuminated and observed at a time. An image is constructed through point-by-point scanning of the field in this manner. Light sources may be conventional or laser, and fluorescence or transmitted observations are possible.
The ten-layered nervous tissue membrane of the eye. It is continuous with the OPTIC NERVE and receives images of external objects and transmits visual impulses to the brain. Its outer surface is in contact with the CHOROID and the inner surface with the VITREOUS BODY. The outer-most layer is pigmented, whereas the inner nine layers are transparent.
Any of several ways in which living cells of an organism communicate with one another, whether by direct contact between cells or by means of chemical signals carried by neurotransmitter substances, hormones, and cyclic AMP.
Histochemical localization of immunoreactive substances using labeled antibodies as reagents.
Branch-like terminations of NERVE FIBERS, sensory or motor NEURONS. Endings of sensory neurons are the beginnings of afferent pathway to the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. Endings of motor neurons are the terminals of axons at the muscle cells. Nerve endings which release neurotransmitters are called PRESYNAPTIC TERMINALS.
Paired bodies containing mostly GRAY MATTER and forming part of the lateral wall of the THIRD VENTRICLE of the brain.
The intracellular transfer of information (biological activation/inhibition) through a signal pathway. In each signal transduction system, an activation/inhibition signal from a biologically active molecule (hormone, neurotransmitter) is mediated via the coupling of a receptor/enzyme to a second messenger system or to an ion channel. Signal transduction plays an important role in activating cellular functions, cell differentiation, and cell proliferation. Examples of signal transduction systems are the GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID-postsynaptic receptor-calcium ion channel system, the receptor-mediated T-cell activation pathway, and the receptor-mediated activation of phospholipases. Those coupled to membrane depolarization or intracellular release of calcium include the receptor-mediated activation of cytotoxic functions in granulocytes and the synaptic potentiation of protein kinase activation. Some signal transduction pathways may be part of larger signal transduction pathways; for example, protein kinase activation is part of the platelet activation signal pathway.
A subsection of the hippocampus, described by Lorente de No, that is located between the HIPPOCAMPUS CA2 FIELD and the DENTATE GYRUS.
Annelids of the class Hirudinea. Some species, the bloodsuckers, may become temporarily parasitic upon animals, including man. Medicinal leeches (HIRUDO MEDICINALIS) have been used therapeutically for drawing blood since ancient times.
A protein component of the synaptic basal lamina. It has been shown to induce clustering of acetylcholine receptors on the surface of muscle fibers and other synaptic molecules in both synapse regeneration and development.
A class of ionotropic glutamate receptors characterized by their affinity for KAINIC ACID.
The process of moving proteins from one cellular compartment (including extracellular) to another by various sorting and transport mechanisms such as gated transport, protein translocation, and vesicular transport.
Nerve structures through which impulses are conducted from a peripheral part toward a nerve center.
The part of CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM that is contained within the skull (CRANIUM). Arising from the NEURAL TUBE, the embryonic brain is comprised of three major parts including PROSENCEPHALON (the forebrain); MESENCEPHALON (the midbrain); and RHOMBENCEPHALON (the hindbrain). The developed brain consists of CEREBRUM; CEREBELLUM; and other structures in the BRAIN STEM.
The brain stem nucleus that receives the central input from the cochlear nerve. The cochlear nucleus is located lateral and dorsolateral to the inferior cerebellar peduncles and is functionally divided into dorsal and ventral parts. It is tonotopically organized, performs the first stage of central auditory processing, and projects (directly or indirectly) to higher auditory areas including the superior olivary nuclei, the medial geniculi, the inferior colliculi, and the auditory cortex.
Neurons whose primary neurotransmitter is GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID.
The study of PHYSICAL PHENOMENA and PHYSICAL PROCESSES as applied to living things.
Signal transduction mechanisms whereby calcium mobilization (from outside the cell or from intracellular storage pools) to the cytoplasm is triggered by external stimuli. Calcium signals are often seen to propagate as waves, oscillations, spikes, sparks, or puffs. The calcium acts as an intracellular messenger by activating calcium-responsive proteins.
An amino acid that, as the D-isomer, is the defining agonist for the NMDA receptor subtype of glutamate receptors (RECEPTORS, NMDA).
A cylindrical column of tissue that lies within the vertebral canal. It is composed of WHITE MATTER and GRAY MATTER.
GRAY MATTER situated above the GYRUS HIPPOCAMPI. It is composed of three layers. The molecular layer is continuous with the HIPPOCAMPUS in the hippocampal fissure. The granular layer consists of closely arranged spherical or oval neurons, called GRANULE CELLS, whose AXONS pass through the polymorphic layer ending on the DENDRITES of PYRAMIDAL CELLS in the hippocampus.
A non-essential amino acid. It is found primarily in gelatin and silk fibroin and used therapeutically as a nutrient. It is also a fast inhibitory neurotransmitter.
An aminoperhydroquinazoline poison found mainly in the liver and ovaries of fishes in the order TETRAODONTIFORMES, which are eaten. The toxin causes paresthesia and paralysis through interference with neuromuscular conduction.
A family of vesicular neurotransmitter transporter proteins that were originally characterized as sodium dependent inorganic phosphate cotransporters. Vesicular glutamate transport proteins sequester the excitatory neurotransmitter GLUTAMATE from the CYTOPLASM into SECRETORY VESICLES in exchange for lumenal PROTONS.
An amorphous region of electron dense material in the cytoplasm from which the MICROTUBULES polymerization is nucleated. The pericentriolar region of the CENTROSOME which surrounds the CENTRIOLES is an example.
A multifunctional calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase subtype that occurs as an oligomeric protein comprised of twelve subunits. It differs from other enzyme subtypes in that it lacks a phosphorylatable activation domain that can respond to CALCIUM-CALMODULIN-DEPENDENT PROTEIN KINASE KINASE.
A subset of GABA RECEPTORS that signal through their interaction with HETEROTRIMERIC G-PROTEINS.
NEURAL PATHWAYS and connections within the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, beginning at the hair cells of the ORGAN OF CORTI, continuing along the eighth cranial nerve, and terminating at the AUDITORY CORTEX.
A pyridoxal-phosphate protein that catalyzes the alpha-decarboxylation of L-glutamic acid to form gamma-aminobutyric acid and carbon dioxide. The enzyme is found in bacteria and in invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems. It is the rate-limiting enzyme in determining GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID levels in normal nervous tissues. The brain enzyme also acts on L-cysteate, L-cysteine sulfinate, and L-aspartate. EC 4.1.1.15.
Compounds that interact with and modulate the activity of CANNABINOID RECEPTORS.
Inorganic or organic derivatives of phosphinic acid, H2PO(OH). They include phosphinates and phosphinic acid esters.
A pathway of fibers that originates in the lateral part of the ENTORHINAL CORTEX, perforates the SUBICULUM of the HIPPOCAMPUS, and runs into the stratum moleculare of the hippocampus, where these fibers synapse with others that go to the DENTATE GYRUS where the pathway terminates. It is also known as the perforating fasciculus.
An isoquinoline alkaloid obtained from Dicentra cucullaria and other plants. It is a competitive antagonist for GABA-A receptors.
Heterocyclic compounds of a ring with SULFUR and two NITROGEN atoms fused to a BENZENE ring. Members inhibit SODIUM-POTASSIUM-CHLORIDE SYMPORTERS and are used as DIURETICS.
Relatively permanent change in behavior that is the result of past experience or practice. The concept includes the acquisition of knowledge.
Physical forces and actions in living things.
Cell-surface proteins that bind GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID with high affinity and trigger changes that influence the behavior of cells. GABA-A receptors control chloride channels formed by the receptor complex itself. They are blocked by bicuculline and usually have modulatory sites sensitive to benzodiazepines and barbiturates. GABA-B receptors act through G-proteins on several effector systems, are insensitive to bicuculline, and have a high affinity for L-baclofen.
The cochlear part of the 8th cranial nerve (VESTIBULOCOCHLEAR NERVE). The cochlear nerve fibers originate from neurons of the SPIRAL GANGLION and project peripherally to cochlear hair cells and centrally to the cochlear nuclei (COCHLEAR NUCLEUS) of the BRAIN STEM. They mediate the sense of hearing.
Derivatives of ammonium compounds, NH4+ Y-, in which all four of the hydrogens bonded to nitrogen have been replaced with hydrocarbyl groups. These are distinguished from IMINES which are RN=CR2.
Peptides released by NEURONS as intercellular messengers. Many neuropeptides are also hormones released by non-neuronal cells.
Clusters of multipolar neurons surrounded by a capsule of loosely organized CONNECTIVE TISSUE located outside the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
INTERNEURONS of the vertebrate RETINA. They integrate, modulate, and interpose a temporal domain in the visual message presented to the RETINAL GANGLION CELLS, with which they synapse in the inner plexiform layer.
The main information-processing organs of the nervous system, consisting of the brain, spinal cord, and meninges.
A member of the nerve growth factor family of trophic factors. In the brain BDNF has a trophic action on retinal, cholinergic, and dopaminergic neurons, and in the peripheral nervous system it acts on both motor and sensory neurons. (From Kendrew, The Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology, 1994)
The relationship between the dose of administered radiation and the response of the organism or tissue to the radiation.
A noncompetitive antagonist at GABA-A receptors and thus a convulsant. Picrotoxin blocks the GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID-activated chloride ionophore. Although it is most often used as a research tool, it has been used as a CNS stimulant and an antidote in poisoning by CNS depressants, especially the barbiturates.
Cell adhesion molecule involved in a diverse range of contact-mediated interactions among neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, and myotubes. It is widely but transiently expressed in many tissues early in embryogenesis. Four main isoforms exist, including CD56; (ANTIGENS, CD56); but there are many other variants resulting from alternative splicing and post-translational modifications. (From Pigott & Power, The Adhesion Molecule FactsBook, 1993, pp115-119)
The non-neuronal cells of the nervous system. They not only provide physical support, but also respond to injury, regulate the ionic and chemical composition of the extracellular milieu, participate in the BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER and BLOOD-RETINAL BARRIER, form the myelin insulation of nervous pathways, guide neuronal migration during development, and exchange metabolites with neurons. Neuroglia have high-affinity transmitter uptake systems, voltage-dependent and transmitter-gated ion channels, and can release transmitters, but their role in signaling (as in many other functions) is unclear.
An outbred strain of rats developed in 1915 by crossing several Wistar Institute white females with a wild gray male. Inbred strains have been derived from this original outbred strain, including Long-Evans cinnamon rats (RATS, INBRED LEC) and Otsuka-Long-Evans-Tokushima Fatty rats (RATS, INBRED OLETF), which are models for Wilson's disease and non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, respectively.
Renewal or physiological repair of damaged nerve tissue.
A superfamily of various freshwater CRUSTACEA, in the infraorder Astacidea, comprising the crayfish. Common genera include Astacus and Procambarus. Crayfish resemble lobsters, but are usually much smaller.
Fatty acid derivatives that have specificity for CANNABINOID RECEPTORS. They are structurally distinct from CANNABINOIDS and were originally discovered as a group of endogenous CANNABINOID RECEPTOR AGONISTS.
Voltage-dependent cell membrane glycoproteins selectively permeable to calcium ions. They are categorized as L-, T-, N-, P-, Q-, and R-types based on the activation and inactivation kinetics, ion specificity, and sensitivity to drugs and toxins. The L- and T-types are present throughout the cardiovascular and central nervous systems and the N-, P-, Q-, & R-types are located in neuronal tissue.
Formation of NEURONS which involves the differentiation and division of STEM CELLS in which one or both of the daughter cells become neurons.
Proteins which are involved in the phenomenon of light emission in living systems. Included are the "enzymatic" and "non-enzymatic" types of system with or without the presence of oxygen or co-factors.
Chemically stimulated aggregation of cell surface receptors, which potentiates the action of the effector cell.
Proteins and peptides that are involved in SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION within the cell. Included here are peptides and proteins that regulate the activity of TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS and cellular processes in response to signals from CELL SURFACE RECEPTORS. Intracellular signaling peptide and proteins may be part of an enzymatic signaling cascade or act through binding to and modifying the action of other signaling factors.
A statistical technique that isolates and assesses the contributions of categorical independent variables to variation in the mean of a continuous dependent variable.
Transport proteins that carry specific substances in the blood or across cell membranes.
Set of cell bodies and nerve fibers conducting impulses from the eyes to the cerebral cortex. It includes the RETINA; OPTIC NERVE; optic tract; and geniculocalcarine tract.
Cellular uptake of extracellular materials within membrane-limited vacuoles or microvesicles. ENDOSOMES play a central role in endocytosis.
Complex mental function having four distinct phases: (1) memorizing or learning, (2) retention, (3) recall, and (4) recognition. Clinically, it is usually subdivided into immediate, recent, and remote memory.
Low molecular weight, calcium binding muscle proteins. Their physiological function is possibly related to the contractile process.
Single chains of amino acids that are the units of multimeric PROTEINS. Multimeric proteins can be composed of identical or non-identical subunits. One or more monomeric subunits may compose a protomer which itself is a subunit structure of a larger assembly.
Wormlike or grublike stage, following the egg in the life cycle of insects, worms, and other metamorphosing animals.
Chemicals that bind to and remove ions from solutions. Many chelating agents function through the formation of COORDINATION COMPLEXES with METALS.
The ability of a substrate to retain an electrical charge.
Area of the parietal lobe concerned with receiving sensations such as movement, pain, pressure, position, temperature, touch, and vibration. It lies posterior to the central sulcus.
The anterior pair of the quadrigeminal bodies which coordinate the general behavioral orienting responses to visual stimuli, such as whole-body turning, and reaching.
Any detectable and heritable change in the genetic material that causes a change in the GENOTYPE and which is transmitted to daughter cells and to succeeding generations.
A family of vesicular transport proteins characterized by an N-terminal transmembrane region and two C-terminal calcium-binding domains.
The absence or restriction of the usual external sensory stimuli to which the individual responds.
Cell surface receptors that bind signalling molecules released by neurons and convert these signals into intracellular changes influencing the behavior of cells. Neurotransmitter is used here in its most general sense, including not only messengers that act to regulate ion channels, but also those which act on second messenger systems and those which may act at a distance from their release sites. Included are receptors for neuromodulators, neuroregulators, neuromediators, and neurohumors, whether or not located at synapses.
Molecules on the surface of T-lymphocytes that recognize and combine with antigens. The receptors are non-covalently associated with a complex of several polypeptides collectively called CD3 antigens (ANTIGENS, CD3). Recognition of foreign antigen and the major histocompatibility complex is accomplished by a single heterodimeric antigen-receptor structure, composed of either alpha-beta (RECEPTORS, ANTIGEN, T-CELL, ALPHA-BETA) or gamma-delta (RECEPTORS, ANTIGEN, T-CELL, GAMMA-DELTA) chains.
ANIMALS whose GENOME has been altered by GENETIC ENGINEERING, or their offspring.
Pinched-off nerve endings and their contents of vesicles and cytoplasm together with the attached subsynaptic area of the membrane of the post-synaptic cell. They are largely artificial structures produced by fractionation after selective centrifugation of nervous tissue homogenates.
A genus of small, two-winged flies containing approximately 900 described species. These organisms are the most extensively studied of all genera from the standpoint of genetics and cytology.
A subclass of cannabinoid receptor found primarily on central and peripheral NEURONS where it may play a role modulating NEUROTRANSMITTER release.
Agents that emit light after excitation by light. The wave length of the emitted light is usually longer than that of the incident light. Fluorochromes are substances that cause fluorescence in other substances, i.e., dyes used to mark or label other compounds with fluorescent tags.
A heterogeneous group of immunocompetent cells that mediate the cellular immune response by processing and presenting antigens to the T-cells. Traditional antigen-presenting cells include MACROPHAGES; DENDRITIC CELLS; LANGERHANS CELLS; and B-LYMPHOCYTES. FOLLICULAR DENDRITIC CELLS are not traditional antigen-presenting cells, but because they hold antigen on their cell surface in the form of IMMUNE COMPLEXES for B-cell recognition they are considered so by some authors.
A family of POTASSIUM and SODIUM-dependent acidic amino acid transporters that demonstrate a high affinity for GLUTAMIC ACID and ASPARTIC ACID. Several variants of this system are found in neuronal tissue.
Photosensitive afferent neurons located in the peripheral retina, with their density increases radially away from the FOVEA CENTRALIS. Being much more sensitive to light than the RETINAL CONE CELLS, the rod cells are responsible for twilight vision (at scotopic intensities) as well as peripheral vision, but provide no color discrimination.
A genus of the Ambystomatidae family. The best known species are the axolotl AMBYSTOMA MEXICANUM and the closely related tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum. They may retain gills and remain aquatic without developing all of the adult characteristics. However, under proper changes in the environment they metamorphose.
A superorder of CEPHALOPODS comprised of squid, cuttlefish, and their relatives. Their distinguishing feature is the modification of their fourth pair of arms into tentacles, resulting in 10 limbs.
A biochemical messenger and regulator, synthesized from the essential amino acid L-TRYPTOPHAN. In humans it is found primarily in the central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and blood platelets. Serotonin mediates several important physiological functions including neurotransmission, gastrointestinal motility, hemostasis, and cardiovascular integrity. Multiple receptor families (RECEPTORS, SEROTONIN) explain the broad physiological actions and distribution of this biochemical mediator.

Trans-synaptically induced bursts in regular spiking non-pyramidal cells in deep layers of the cat motor cortex. (1/13503)

In deep layers of the cat motor cortex, we have investigated the properties of neurons displaying trans-synaptically induced bursts. In in vivo experiments, extracellularly recorded burst neurons were separated into two subtypes based on their dependence on stimulation sites, the medullary pyramid or the ventrolateral (VL) thalamic nucleus, from which bursts of 10-20 spikes were triggered. The spike amplitude attenuation and frequency adaptation during a burst were more prominent in pyramid-dependent burst neurons than in VL-dependent burst neurons. Intracellular recordings in in vivo experiments revealed that pyramid-dependent bursts emerged from a long-lasting depolarization, while each spike during a VL-dependent burst was narrow in half-width and was followed by a fast AHP, similar to fast spiking neurons. In in vitro slice experiments, intracellular recordings were obtained from neurons that displayed a burst of attenuated spikes emerging from a long-lasting depolarization, and were also obtained from fast spiking neurons. They were morphologically recovered to be multipolar cells with sparsely spiny dendrites and local axonal networks, suggesting that they are inhibitory interneurons. The multipolar neurons displaying bursts of attenuated spikes may mediate the recurrent inhibition of pyramidal tract cells.  (+info)

Developmental synaptic changes increase the range of integrative capabilities of an identified excitatory neocortical connection. (2/13503)

Excitatory synaptic transmission between pyramidal cells and fast-spiking (FS) interneurons of layer V of the motor cortex was investigated in acute slices by using paired recordings at 30 degrees C combined with morphological analysis. The presynaptic and postsynaptic properties at these identified central synapses were compared between 3- and 5-week-old rats. At these two postnatal developmental stages, unitary EPSCs were mediated by the activation of AMPA receptors with fast kinetics at a holding potential of -72 mV. The amplitude distribution analysis of the EPSCs indicates that, at both stages, pyramidal-FS connections consisted of multiple functional release sites. The apparent quantal size obtained by decreasing the external calcium ([Ca2+]e) varied from 11 to 29 pA near resting membrane potential. In young rats, pairs of presynaptic action potentials elicited unitary synaptic responses that displayed paired-pulse depression at all tested frequencies. In older animals, inputs from different pyramidal cells onto the same FS interneuron had different paired-pulse response characteristics and, at most of these connections, a switch from depression to facilitation occurred when decreasing the rate of presynaptic stimulation. The balance between facilitation and depression endows pyramidal-FS connections from 5-week-old animals with wide integrative capabilities and confers unique functional properties to each synapse.  (+info)

Modulation of long-term synaptic depression in visual cortex by acetylcholine and norepinephrine. (3/13503)

In a slice preparation of rat visual cortex, we discovered that paired-pulse stimulation (PPS) elicits a form of homosynaptic long-term depression (LTD) in the superficial layers when carbachol (CCh) or norepinephrine (NE) is applied concurrently. PPS by itself, or CCh and NE in the absence of synaptic stimulation, produced no lasting change. The LTD induced by PPS in the presence of NE or CCh is of comparable magnitude with that obtained with prolonged low-frequency stimulation (LFS) but requires far fewer stimulation pulses (40 vs 900). The cholinergic facilitation of LTD was blocked by atropine and pirenzepine, suggesting involvement of M1 receptors. The noradrenergic facilitation of LTD was blocked by urapidil and was mimicked by methoxamine, suggesting involvement of alpha1 receptors. beta receptor agonists and antagonists were without effect. Induction of LTD by PPS was inhibited by NMDA receptor blockers (completely in the case of NE; partially in the case of CCh), suggesting that one action of the modulators is to control the gain of NMDA receptor-dependent homosynaptic LTD in visual cortex. We propose that this is a mechanism by which cholinergic and noradrenergic inputs to the neocortex modulate naturally occurring receptive field plasticity.  (+info)

Plasticity of first-order sensory synapses: interactions between homosynaptic long-term potentiation and heterosynaptically evoked dopaminergic potentiation. (4/13503)

Persistent potentiations of the chemical and electrotonic components of the eighth nerve (NVIII) EPSP recorded in vivo in the goldfish reticulospinal neuron, the Mauthner cell, can be evoked by afferent tetanization or local dendritic application of an endogenous transmitter, dopamine (3-hydroxytyramine). These modifications are attributable to the activation of distinct intracellular kinase cascades. Although dopamine-evoked potentiation (DEP) is mediated by the cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), tetanization most likely activates a Ca2+-dependent protein kinase via an increased intracellular Ca2+ concentration. We present evidence that the eighth nerve tetanus that induces LTP does not act by triggering dopamine release, because it is evoked in the presence of a broad spectrum of dopamine antagonists. To test for interactions between these pathways, we applied the potentiating paradigms sequentially. When dopamine was applied first, tetanization produced additional potentiation of the mixed synaptic response, but when the sequence was reversed, DEP was occluded, indicating that the synapses potentiated by the two procedures belong to the same or overlapping populations. Experiments were conducted to determine interactions between the underlying regulatory mechanisms and the level of their convergence. Inhibiting PKA does not impede tetanus-induced LTP, and chelating postsynaptic Ca2+ with BAPTA does not block DEP, indicating that the initial steps of the induction processes are independent. Pharmacological and voltage-clamp analyses indicate that the two pathways converge on functional AMPA/kainate receptors for the chemically mediated EPSP and gap junctions for the electrotonic component or at intermediaries common to both pathways. A cellular model incorporating these interactions is proposed on the basis of differential modulation of synaptic responses via receptor-protein phosphorylation.  (+info)

Cellular sites for dynorphin activation of kappa-opioid receptors in the rat nucleus accumbens shell. (5/13503)

The nucleus accumbens (Acb) is prominently involved in the aversive behavioral aspects of kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) agonists, including its endogenous ligand dynorphin (Dyn). We examined the ultrastructural immunoperoxidase localization of KOR and immunogold labeling of Dyn to determine the major cellular sites for KOR activation in this region. Of 851 KOR-labeled structures sampled from a total area of 10,457 microm2, 63% were small axons and morphologically heterogenous axon terminals, 31% of which apposed Dyn-labeled terminals or also contained Dyn. Sixty-eight percent of the KOR-containing axon terminals formed punctate-symmetric or appositional contacts with unlabeled dendrites and spines, many of which received convergent input from terminals that formed asymmetric synapses. Excitatory-type terminals that formed asymmetric synapses with dendritic spines comprised 21% of the KOR-immunoreactive profiles. Dendritic spines within the neuropil were the major nonaxonal structures that contained KOR immunoreactivity. These spines also received excitatory-type synapses from unlabeled terminals and were apposed by Dyn-containing terminals. These results provide ultrastructural evidence that in the Acb shell (AcbSh), KOR agonists play a primary role in regulating the presynaptic release of Dyn and other neuromodulators that influence the output of spiny neurons via changes in the presynaptic release of or the postsynaptic responses to excitatory amino acids. The cellular distribution of KOR complements those described previously for the reward-associated mu- and delta-opioid receptors in the Acb shell.  (+info)

GABAergic excitatory synapses and electrical coupling sustain prolonged discharges in the prey capture neural network of Clione limacina. (6/13503)

Afterdischarges represent a prominent characteristic of the neural network that controls prey capture reactions in the carnivorous mollusc Clione limacina. Their main functional implication is transformation of a brief sensory input from a prey into a lasting prey capture response. The present study, which focuses on the neuronal mechanisms of afterdischarges, demonstrates that a single pair of interneurons [cerebral A interneuron (Cr-Aint)] is responsible for afterdischarge generation in the network. Cr-Aint neurons are electrically coupled to all other neurons in the network and produce slow excitatory synaptic inputs to them. This excitatory transmission is found to be GABAergic, which is demonstrated by the use of GABA antagonists, uptake inhibitors, and double-labeling experiments showing that Cr-Aint neurons are GABA-immunoreactive. The Cr-Aint neurons organize three different pathways in the prey capture network, which provide positive feedback necessary for sustaining prolonged spike activity. The first pathway includes electrical coupling and slow chemical transmission from the Cr-Aint neurons to all other neurons in the network. The second feedback is based on excitatory reciprocal connections between contralateral interneurons. Recurrent excitation via the contralateral cell can sustain prolonged interneuron firing, which then drives the activity of all other cells in the network. The third positive feedback is represented by prominent afterdepolarizing potentials after individual spikes in the Cr-Aint neurons. Afterdepolarizations apparently represent recurrent GABAergic excitatory inputs. It is suggested here that these afterdepolarizing potentials are produced by GABAergic excitatory autapses.  (+info)

A genetic approach to visualization of multisynaptic neural pathways using plant lectin transgene. (7/13503)

The wiring patterns among various types of neurons via specific synaptic connections are the basis of functional logic employed by the brain for information processing. This study introduces a powerful method of analyzing the neuronal connectivity patterns by delivering a tracer selectively to specific types of neurons while simultaneously transsynaptically labeling their target neurons. We developed a novel genetic approach introducing cDNA for a plant lectin, wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), as a transgene under the control of specific promoter elements. Using this method, we demonstrate three examples of visualization of specific transsynaptic neural pathways: the mouse cerebellar efferent pathways, the mouse olfactory pathways, and the Drosophila visual pathways. This strategy should greatly facilitate studies on the anatomical and functional organization of the developing and mature nervous system.  (+info)

Single synaptic events evoke NMDA receptor-mediated release of calcium from internal stores in hippocampal dendritic spines. (8/13503)

We have used confocal microscopy to monitor synaptically evoked Ca2+ transients in the dendritic spines of hippocampal pyramidal cells. Individual spines respond to single afferent stimuli (<0.1 Hz) with Ca2+ transients or failures, reflecting the probability of transmitter release at the activated synapse. Both AMPA and NMDA glutamate receptor antagonists block the synaptically evoked Ca2+ transients; the block by AMPA antagonists is relieved by low Mg2+. The Ca2+ transients are mainly due to the release of calcium from internal stores, since they are abolished by antagonists of calcium-induced calcium release (CICR); CICR antagonists, however, do not depress spine Ca2+ transients generated by backpropagating action potentials. These results have implications for synaptic plasticity, since they show that synaptic stimulation can activate NMDA receptors, evoking substantial Ca2+ release from the internal stores in spines without inducing long-term potentiation (LTP) or depression (LTD).  (+info)

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So there you go. Target achieved. There is one little glitch in this approach though. That is how do we handle backward compatibility with older Synapse versions? For instance how can a Synapse 1.2 user, who has a single synapse.xml file, migrate to a new Synapse version? We have provided a solution for that as well. In the new Synapse configuration file hierarchy you can place a synapse.xml file at the top level (alongside with registry.xml). All the mediation components defined in this synapse.xml will be loaded to the service bus at startup along with any other components defined inside the individual directories. So a Synapse 1.2 user can simply copy the existing synapse.xml file to the synapse-config directory in a new Synapse distribution, and it will be picked up by the service bus. In addition to this convenience feature, we are planning on developing some migration tools that can help users to easily migrate an old Synapse configuration file onto a newer version of Synapse ...
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Throughout our lifetime, activity-dependent changes in neuronal connection strength enable the brain to refine neural circuits and learn based on experience. Synapses can bi-directionally alter strength and the magnitude and sign depend on the millisecond timing of presynaptic and postsynaptic action potential firing. Recent findings on laboratory animals have shown that neurons can show a variety of temporal windows for spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP). It is unknown what synaptic learning rules exist in human synapses and whether similar temporal windows for STDP at synapses hold true for the human brain. Here, we directly tested in human slices cut from hippocampal tissue removed for surgical treatment of deeper brain structures in drug-resistant epilepsy patients, whether adult human synapses can change strength in response to millisecond timing of pre- and postsynaptic firing. We find that adult human hippocampal synapses can alter synapse strength in response to timed pre- and postsynaptic
The nervous system is composed of two types of cells: neurons and glia. In neuronal circuits, neurons communicate through synapses and glia play a crucial modulatory role. To modulate chemical reuptake, glia send processes close to synapses and many glia directly appose or ensheathe a synapse. This structural motif is one of the elements often included in describing a vertebrate tripartite synapse, which includes a bidirectional functional neuron-glia relationship. The exact nature of this neuron-glia communication is not well understood. In the invertebrate fruit fly, we have also found that particular neurons and glia also have a bidirectional functional relationship. This allows us to ask new questions about glial morphology. Throughout multiple images, I identified particular neuronal synapses and surrounding glia. After creating a 3D reconstruction, I measured the distance between a particular neuronal synapse and its closest glial process. Interestingly, the neuronal synapses were not ...
During postnatal development of CA1 pyramidal neurons, GABAergic synapses are excitatory and established prior to glutamatergic synapses. As interneurons are generated before pyramidal cells, we have tested the hypothesis that the GABAergic interneuronal network is operative before glutamate pyramidal neurons and provides the initial patterns of activity. We patch-clamp recorded interneurons in foetal (69 neurons) and neonatal P0 (162 neurons) hippocampal slices and performed a morphofunctional analysis of biocytin-filled neurons. At P0, three types of interneurons were found: (i) non-innervated silent interneurons (5%) with no spontaneous or evoked synaptic currents; (ii) G interneurons (17%) with GABAA synapses only; and (iii) GG interneurons with GABA and glutamatergic synapses (78%). Relying on the neuronal capacitance, cell body size and arborization of dendrites and axons, the three types of interneurons correspond to three stages of development with non-innervated neurons and ...
Postsynaptic scaffolding proteins ensure efficient neurotransmission by anchoring receptors and signaling molecules in synapse-specific subcellular domains. In turn, posttranslational modifications of scaffolding proteins contribute to synaptic plasticity by remodeling the postsynaptic apparatus. Though these mechanisms are operant in glutamatergic synapses, little is known about regulation of GABAergic synapses, which mediate inhibitory transmission in the CNS. Here, we focused on gephyrin, the main scaffolding protein of GABAergic synapses. We identify a unique phosphorylation site in gephyrin, Ser270, targeted by glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) to modulate GABAergic transmission. Abolishing Ser270 phosphorylation increased the density of gephyrin clusters and the frequency of miniature GABAergic postsynaptic currents in cultured hippocampal neurons. Enhanced, phosphorylation-dependent gephyrin clustering was also induced in vitro and in vivo with lithium chloride. Lithium is a GSK3β ...
The loss of hippocampal and cortical synapses, resulting from impaired synaptogenesis, accelerated synaptic degeneration, or both, is one of the earliest neuropathologic findings in Alzheimers Disease and is the finding that best correlates with cognitive symptoms (DeKosky & Scheff, 1990; Terry, et al, 1991; Selkoe, 2002). A similar decrease in brain synapses is an early finding in an animal model of AD which overproduces A-beta peptides (Jacobsen, et al, 2006), and aggregates of such peptides, applied locally to the brain, can also damage synapses, distort neurites, and decrease the numbers of the dendritic spines which are essential precursors for glutamatergic synapses (Jacobsen, et al, 2006; Knobloch & Mansuy, 2008; Spires-Jones, et al, 2007). These observations have supported the widely-held view that a treatment that would block the synthesis of A-beta or remove it from the circulation, might - by depleting its levels in brain - slow the loss of synapses in AD and thereby sustain cognitive
The neurons of the dorsal periaqueductal nucleus of the mesencephalon and their synaptic contacts were observed under a transmission electron microscope. We found various types of synapses which constituted an exception to Cajals neuron theory (law of neuron independence). Some of these synapses had an open communicating or continuity passage between the presynaptic bouton of a neuron (first neuron) and the postsynaptic portion of another neuron (second neuron). The communicating passage (located in the synaptosome) is formed by the continuity of the presynaptic and postsynaptic membrane, and its limits or rims are the reflexion points of the membranes. When only two neurons intervene they could be termed simple communicating synapses. We found three types: I = communicating axosomatic synapses; II = communicating axodendritic synapses, and III = communicating axoaxonic synapses. When three neurons intervene in the synaptic contact, they could be termed complex communicating synapses. In these
Class I major histocompatibility complex (MHCI) is known to modulate activity-dependent synaptic remodeling in the visual system and to regulate synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. Here, the authors show that MHCI negatively regulates the density and function of cortical synapses during their initial establishment. Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) molecules modulate activity-dependent refinement and plasticity. We found that MHCI also negatively regulates the density and function of cortical synapses during their initial establishment both in vitro and in vivo. MHCI molecules are expressed on cortical neurons before and during synaptogenesis. In vitro, decreasing surface MHCI (sMHCI) on neurons increased glutamatergic and GABAergic synapse density, whereas overexpression decreased it. In vivo, synapse density was higher throughout development in β2m−/− mice. MHCI also negatively regulated the strength of excitatory, but not inhibitory, synapses and controlled the balance of
Thanks to simultaneous calcium imaging, they were then able to observe and record the activity of individual synapses under a two-photon microscope. In this way, they succeeded in showing for the first time how synapses are arranged with respect to each other.. The result of such synapse mapping analysed with a newly developed algorithm was clear: The synapses of pyramidal cells form clusters consisting of 4 to 14 synapses arranged within an area of less than 30 micrometres along the dendrite. The existence of these clusters suggests that the synapses interact with each other to control the strength of the combined signal, explains Onur Gökçe, author of the study.. This is the first anatomical explanation for the disproportionate strength of clustered synapse signals in comparison to the individual signals - a finding known from activity measurements. The observation in layer 5 pyramidal cells was of particular interest, as the activity of these cells oscillates synchronously. This ...
In the present study, we investigated the synaptic association of SAP-97, PSD-93, SAP-102, and PSD-95 during postnatal development in the rat hippocampus. Our major findings show that (1) SAP-102 is present at high levels at most synapses at P2 and decreases through 6 months of age, whereas PSD-95 and PSD-93 are low at P2 and increase through 6 months; (2) Increases in synaptic PSD-95 are attributable primarily to an increase in the number of synapses containing PSD-95, whereas decreases in SAP-102 result from a decrease in both the number of synapses containing SAP-102 and the density of SAP-102 labeling in the synapse; (3) immunogold co-localization shows that multiple MAGUKs are expressed at the same synapse, indicating that PSD-93 and PSD-95 may be added to synapses that already contain SAP-102; (4) the developmental increase in synaptic PSD-93/95 correlates with increases in NR2A; immunoprecipitation does not show a strict relationship between NR2A and PSD-93/95 or NR2B and SAP-102 but ...
Synapses are functional connections between neurons, or between neurons and other types of cells.[4][5] A typical neuron gives rise to several thousand synapses, although there are some types that make far fewer.[6] Most synapses connect axons to dendrites,[7][8] but there are also other types of connections, including axon-to-cell-body,[9][10] axon-to-axon,[9][10] and dendrite-to-dendrite.[8] Synapses are generally too small to be recognizable using a light microscope except as points where the membranes of two cells appear to touch, but their cellular elements can be visualized clearly using an electron microscope. Chemical synapses pass information directionally from a presynaptic cell to a postsynaptic cell and are therefore asymmetric in structure and function. The presynaptic axon terminal, or synaptic bouton, is a specialized area within the axon of the presynaptic cell that contains neurotransmitters enclosed in small membrane-bound spheres called synaptic vesicles (as well as a number ...
Long-term potentiation (LTP) has been studied extensively at CA1 synapses of the hippocampus, and there is evidence implicating both postsynaptic and presynaptic changes in this process. These changes include (i) addition of AMPA channels to the extrasynaptic membrane and diffusional equilibrium of extrasynaptic receptors with synaptic receptors, (ii) sudden addition of AMPA channels to the synapse in large groups, (iii) a change in the mode of glutamate release (presumably from kiss-and-run to full fusion), and (iv) a delayed increase in the number of vesicles released. However, it remains unclear whether (or how) these changes work together. We have incorporated all of these processes into a structural model of the synapse. We propose that the synapse is composed of transsynaptic modules that function quasi-independently in AMPA-mediated transmission. Under basal conditions, synapses are partially silent; some modules are AMPA-silent (but contribute to NMDA-mediated transmission), whereas ...
Part of the first shipment I ever received from Tom Bihn was the Synapse (now called the Synapse 19). I bought it alongside the Aeronaut (now called the Aeronaut 45) and the Co-Pilot. The Synapse has been over the last four years my go-to bag. While I take my Smart Alec to work every day because I need extra space in my bag, the Synapse is the bag I grab if Im going out for the day whether it be in the city or out in the country. The reason I always reach for the Synapse is the same reason people always tell me they wouldnt want a Synapse (19) - because its small. Ive bought a lot of big backpacks over the years, and I never want to carry them because theyre too big. Its the size of the Synapse that makes it so useful. Its never too big, and I always manage to fit more into it than I would imagine that I could.. The Synapse has a pretty spacious main compartment with a stretchy inside pocket thats good for keeping things from mushing up against your back. There are two side pockets. I ...
Activity-dependent long-term changes in synaptic efficacy are thought to be important in learning, memory formation, neuronal development and pathological states of neuronal excitability in the CNS. For the past two decades, numerous studies have investigated long-term changes in synaptic efficacy at excitatory glutamatergic synapses. Although inhibitory synapses are essential for proper functioning of the neuronal network, attention has focused only recently on describing and characterizing plasticity at these types of synapse. Not surprisingly, different forms of plasticity at GABAergic, and the closely related glycinergic, synapses have been reported in several regions of the brain. Here we review these different forms of plasticity and focus on their possible roles in developing and adult neuronal networks.
Synapses appear to provide the initiation sites of neuronal damage in human multiple sclerosis (MS), but how this synapse loss occurs, how it affects circuit activity, and how it could be prevented are all unknown. Jafari et al. describe a mouse model of cortical MS pathology designed to address these questions. They used structural and functional in vivo imaging to reveal the pathogenesis, functional consequences, and therapeutic targeting of immune-mediated synapse loss in inflamed cortical gray matter. Low-dose myelin protein immunization and stereotactic injection of cytokines implicated in MS were used to target MS-like neuroinflammatory lesions to mouse cortex. Single-cell and ultrastructural analysis revealed the loss of one-third of all synapses across both cortical hemispheres. Synapse pathology was completely reversible within a few weeks, after cortical inflammation had subsided. Localized calcium accumulations primed individual synapses for pruning by invading macrophages and ...
The principal aim of this work was to improve our understanding of changes that occur during the synapse elimination process. To do this, we have surveyed three aspects of the neuromuscular junction (the postsynaptic apparatus, the basal lamina, and the Schwann cell) and asked whether any of these components undergo changes at sites of synapse loss. The results show that there are substantial alterations in both the postsynaptic cell and glia at sites of synapse loss, whereas we have thus far found little evidence of rapid alteration of the basal lamina. In particular, four markers in the postsynaptic cell (rapsyn, utrophin, AChRs-including the ε subunit, and phosphotyrosine) disappear rapidly, whereas dystrophin and syntrophin disappear more slowly. Several extracellular markers (NCAM, laminin α5, laminin β2, and VVA staining) also remain for long times at sites of synapse elimination. Glial cell processes are also removed from sites where nerve and postsynaptic AChRs are withdrawn. Thus, ...
The human brain is made up of around 100 billion nerve cells, each of which is connected to other cells by several hundred to thousands of synapses. Apart from our organ and physiological functions, the way we think, act and feel are controlled by the synaptic transmission of information - many quadrillion impulses occur every second. Excitatory synapses that pass the information between cells and inhibitory synapses that limit and change the flow of information are needed for this huge flow of data to run on regulated tracks.. Any disruption to the function of the inhibitory synapses shows how important the suppression of unwanted signals is: there is increased excitation of the brain, such as is seen in epilepsy. Moreover, in order to learn or to remember, the brain needs nerve cells that regulate the activity of other nerve cells. The majority of these inhibitory synapses dock onto the receiver unit of the target cell, the dendrites. Until now, however, there has been no research into exactly ...
Specifying synaptic partners and regulating synaptic numbers are at least partly activity-dependent processes during visual map formation in all systems investigated to date . In Drosophila, six photoreceptors that view the same point in visual space have to be sorted into synaptic modules called cartridges in order to form a visuotopically correct map . Synapse numbers per photoreceptor terminal and cartridge are both precisely regulated . However, it is unknown whether an activity-dependent mechanism or a genetically encoded developmental program regulates synapse numbers. We performed a large-scale quantitative ultrastructural analysis of photoreceptor synapses in mutants affecting the generation of electrical potentials (norpA, trp;trpl), neurotransmitter release (hdc, syt), vesicle endocytosis (synj), the trafficking of specific guidance molecules during photoreceptor targeting (sec15), a specific guidance receptor required for visual map formation (Dlar), and 57 other novel synaptic ...
The locations and shapes of synapses are important in reconstructing connectomes and analyzing synaptic plasticity. However, current synapse detection and segmentation methods are still not adequate for accurately acquiring the synaptic connectivity, and they cannot effectively alleviate the burden of synapse validation. We propose a fully automated method that relies on deep learning to realize the 3D reconstruction of synapses in electron microscopy (EM) images. The proposed method consists of three main parts: (1) training and employing the faster region convolutional neural networks (R-CNN) algorithm to detect synapses, (2) using the z-continuity of synapses to reduce false positives, and (3) combining the Dijkstra algorithm with the GrabCut algorithm to obtain the segmentation of synaptic clefts. Experimental results were validated by manual tracking, and the effectiveness of our proposed method was demonstrated. The experimental results in anisotropic and isotropic EM volumes demonstrate the
The locations and shapes of synapses are important in reconstructing connectomes and analyzing synaptic plasticity. However, current synapse detection and segmentation methods are still not adequate for accurately acquiring the synaptic connectivity, and they cannot effectively alleviate the burden of synapse validation. We propose a fully automated method that relies on deep learning to realize the 3D reconstruction of synapses in electron microscopy (EM) images. The proposed method consists of three main parts: (1) training and employing the faster region convolutional neural networks (R-CNN) algorithm to detect synapses, (2) using the z-continuity of synapses to reduce false positives, and (3) combining the Dijkstra algorithm with the GrabCut algorithm to obtain the segmentation of synaptic clefts. Experimental results were validated by manual tracking, and the effectiveness of our proposed method was demonstrated. The experimental results in anisotropic and isotropic EM volumes demonstrate the
Brain synapse. Anatomical computer artwork of a human brain with an enlargement showing the structure of a synapse (lower right) within one of the striate bodies that make up the striatum. A synapse is the junction between two nerve cells (neurons). As the electrical signal reaches the presynaptic end of a neuron it triggers the release of neurotransmitters (dots, lower centre). These chemicals travel across the gap (synaptic cleft) between the two cells and initiate a nerve impulse in the postsynaptic neuron. - Stock Image C015/4530
Paired recordings from the calyx of Held synapse in both mice and rats reveals a significant leftward shift of the input-output relationship (ICa-IEPSC), indicating a developmental upregulation in the release efficiency [46, 49]. It has been well documented that the ICa density, or total number of VGCCs on the presynaptic terminal, remains relatively unchanged throughout the development of the calyx of Held synapse [36, 50]. This raises the question: how smaller ICa, evoked by a narrow AP at mature synapses, can yield higher quantal output than that evoked by a wide AP at immature synapses? Intuitively, downstream coupling of Ca2+ entry to vesicular release must enhance fusion efficiency to compensate for the reduced presynaptic input.. There are two possible mechanisms underlying such an enhancement: (1) the spatial coupling between VGCCs and SVs in AZs tightens so that the Ca2+ sensors on SVs are exposed to higher local Ca2+ concentrations near the mouth of VGCCs opened during an AP, and/or ...
During the development of the nervous system synapses are made and broken giving rise to functional neural networks. Even after this stage of initial organisation is complete synapses are still formed and eliminated in response to use, disuse or injury. Thus an important aspect of the nervous system to understand is the mechanisms guiding synapse formation and elimination. The neuromuscular junction is a useful system to use in order to study synapses for two reasons. Firstly, it is easily accessible and easy to manipulate. Secondly, understanding the development of the neuromuscular junction is in itself an important component of the bigger problem of discovering how to deal with disease or injury of the neuromuscular system. The aim of this project is to investigate the principles of synapse formation and elimination at the neuromuscular junction. More specifically the project aims to address the following questions: 1. What are the contributions of competition and intrinsic withdrawal in ...
The two fundamental forms of short-term plasticity, short-term depression and facilitation, coexist at most synapses, but little is known about their interaction. Here, we studied the interplay between short-term depression and facilitation at calyx of Held synapses. Stimulation at a low frequency of 10 or 20 Hz, which is in the range of the spontaneous activity of these auditory neurons in vivo, induced synaptic depression. Surprisingly, an instantaneous increase of the stimulation frequency to 100 or 200 Hz following the low-frequency train uncovered a robust facilitation of EPSCs relative to the predepressed amplitude level. This facilitation decayed rapidly (similar to 30 ms) and depended on presynaptic residual Ca2+, but it was not caused by Ca2+ current facilitation. To probe the release probability of the remaining readily releasable vesicles following the low-frequency train we made presynaptic Ca2+ uncaging experiments in the predepressed state of the synapse. We found that low-frequency
I focused on the analysis of a very promising candidate gene, the Mlf1 adapter molecule (Madm). In this study, we implicate for the first time a central role for Madm in the nervous system. Madm is a pseudo kinase which was previously shown to be an adaptor for unknown growth-related signaling pathways in Drosophila (Gluderer S. et al. 2010). We demonstrate that Madm controls multiple aspects of synapse development and refinement at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction (NMJ). First, Drosophila madm mutants displayed prominent synaptic stability and degeneration defects. Second, Madm mutant animals showed severe morphological alterations as well as reduced growth of NMJs. Third, nerves in Madm mutant animals displayed huge swellings and varicosities - a hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases in mammals and humans e.g. in Parkinsons and Alzheimers disease. Fourth, Madm depletion resulted in the accumulation of the presynaptic marker Bruchpilot (BRP) in motoneuron axons. In addition, we could ...
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The first signs of synapse function The decision to form a synapse The sticky synapse Converting growth cones to presynaptic terminals Receptor clustering and postsynaptic differentiation at the NMJ Agrin is a transynaptic clustering signal at the NMJ Receptor clustering signals in the CNS Scaffold proteins and receptor aggregation in the CNS Innervation increases receptor expression and insertion Synaptic activity regulates receptor density Maturation of transmission and receptor isoform transitions Maturation of transmitter reuptake Short-term plasticity Appearance of synaptic inhibition Is inhibition really inhibitory during development?. Summary 9. Refinement of synaptic connections The early pattern of connections Functional synapses are eliminated Many axonal arborizations are eliminated or refined The Sensory Environment Influences Synaptic Connections Activity Influences Synapse Elimination at the NMJ Synapse refinement is reflected in sensory coding properties Activity contributes to ...
Synaptic activity triggers a profound reorganization of the molecular composition of excitatory synapses. GluN2B/CaMKII binding reduces synapse number it increases synaptic-GluN2B content. Therefore the GluN2B/CaMKII association controls synapse density and PSD composition in an activity-dependent manner including recruitment of CK2 to remove GluN2B from synapses. NSC 687852 INTRODUCTION The molecular composition of the postsynaptic density (PSD) at excitatory synapses is profoundly modified in response to synaptic activity including changes in receptors scaffolding proteins and signaling enzymes (Ehlers 2003 Glutamate receptors are important constituents of PSDs and the dynamic regulation of their synaptic expression is a central mechanism for modulating the strength of excitatory neurotransmission. Therefore glutamate receptors are subject to strict controlling mechanisms that allow both short- and long-term modifications in their number localization and composition in a cell- and ...
Chemical synapses are the primary intercellular signaling unit in the nervous system. After reaching target area, axons form synapses to innervate their postsynaptic partners. The stereotypic growth pattern of axons, including branching, and precise assembly of synapses are crucial in building the complex neuronal networks of the brain. Ultrastructurally, mature synapses consist of precisely juxtaposed specialized pre- and postsynaptic subcellular structures. The presynapse consists of a cluster of synaptic vesicles that surround an electron-dense cytomatrix, the active zone, for exocytosis of transmitters. The postsynapse is highly enriched in neurotransmitter receptors and many associated scaffolding proteins, which serve to anchor the receptors in proximity to the presynaptic release site. Synapses are very stable, yet plastic. As the likely cellular site of both learning and memory, the pre- and postsynapse have the dual potential of being exceedingly stable structures, but also retain the ...
Neuronal Transmission BN Fall 2011 Julia Sobesky • Types of synapses • Electrical • Chemical Outline • Neurotransmitters • • • • Criteria Types Release Inactivation • Receptor types • Ionotropic • Metabotropic • Ligand binding • Plasticity Electrical synapse: gap junctions • ~3nm apart • Very fast communication • Direct pore between cells, allows bidirectional flow of ions • 6 connexins= 1 connexon • Allows rapid and synchronous firing of interconnected cells Why would we need anything more? • Why dont our brains just use electrical transmission? Benefits of Chemical signaling • 60+ different NTs and neuromodulators • Each NT can have up to 15 different receptors • Co-localization of several NTs in one synapse • One neuron can have TONS of different synapses • Simple or complex post-synaptic responses The chemical synapse • ~20-50 nm apart • NTs released by presynaptic cell bind receptors on post-synaptic membrane • EPSP, IPSP or complex ...
Synapse. Coloured Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) of a synapse, the junction between two nerve cells. Synapses transmit an electrical signal from one nerve cell to the next in only one direction. In this case, the pre-synaptic cell is blue, the post-synaptic cell is pink. When an electrical signal reaches a synapse it stimulates the release of chemicals called neurotransmitters from tiny vesicles (pink circles) at the end of the cell. The neurotransmitters then cross a microscopic gap and bind to the receptor nerve cell, passing on the signal. Synapses are found at the junctions of all nerve cells and at the junctions between nerve cells and muscles. Magnification unknown. - Stock Image P360/0106
excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) will not reach the threshold for action potential initiation. In the brain, however, each neuron forms synapses with many others, and, likewise, each receives synaptic inputs from many others. When action potentials fire simultaneously in several neurons that weakly synapse on a single cell, they may initiate an impulse in that cell even though the synapses are weak. This process is known as summation. On the other hand, a presynaptic neuron releasing an inhibitory neurotransmitter such as ...
Installing the OCZ Synapse is easy and straightforward - just plug-in the SATA and the power cables. The Synapse series is compatible with any Windows 7 system with a SATA II or SATA III interface. And of course, the DataPlex Caching Software should be installed in order to to the basic cache job.. Synapse SSD can be also installed as a cache for RAID configurations. Fault tolerance for the RAID array will be the same as before the use of the caching software. If the RAID array is configured as RAID1 or better, then you should not encounter any data loss if one or more HDDs fail. In order for the cache to work properly, you must set up your system to have all your data and applications on one primary hard drive or SSD. Synapse can only cache from one existing system boot drive at this time. We start our tests by installing the OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD to a Z-68 system, which already supports another SSD caching solution, the Intel Smart Response Technology. Both Dataplex and SRT are host-based, ...
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Author Summary The circuitry of the brain is defined by the connections (synapses) between its cells. Synapses are very small, so it is difficult to identify more than a few at a time using standard methods like electron microscopy or high-precision electrical recordings from cells. This study shows that it is possible to measure single synapses using low-precision methods such as optical recordings from neuronal cell bodies. I model optical or electrical stimulation of many inputs to trigger a visible response from neurons, and find single synapses by testing how this response is modulated when a single additional input synapse is triggered as well. I predict that it should be possible to record from as many as a million synapses using new optical recording and stimulation methods. It is believed that memories are encoded in synaptic connection patterns, so such connectivity data may give us a picture of how memories are encoded. We now know a great deal about how individual neurons behave, so a
Synaptic plasticity at excitatory glutamatergic synapses is believed to be instrumental in the maturation of neuronal networks. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings, we have studied the mechanisms of induction and expression of long-term depression at excitatory GABAergic synapses in the neonatal rat hippocampus (LTD(GABA-A)). We report that the induction of LTD(GABA-A) requires a GABA(A) receptor-mediated membrane depolarization, which is necessary to remove the Mg(2+) block from postsynaptic NMDA receptors. LTD(GABA-A) is associated with an increase in the coefficient of variation of evoked GABA(A) receptor-mediated synaptic currents and a decrease in the frequency, but not amplitude, of Sr(2+)-induced asynchronous GABA(A) quantal events. We conclude that LTD(GABA-A) induction requires the activation of both GABA(A) and NMDA postsynaptic receptors and that its expression is likely presynaptic. ...
The first evidence that glutamatergic synapses in the hippocampus could signal exclusively via NMDA receptors came from analyzing the trial-to-trial amplitude fluctuations of excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) recorded in CA1 pyramidal neurons in acute rodent brain slices (Kullmann, 1994). The two components of excitatory transmission evoked by stimulating presynaptic axons (Schaffer collaterals of CA3 pyramidal neurons) were isolated by sequentially clamping the postsynaptic membrane potential at a negative value (around -70 mV) to ensure that NMDA receptors were blocked by Mg2+ ions, and then at a positive value (around +40 mV) in the presence of AMPA receptor blockers to reveal NMDA receptor-mediated signaling. If both AMPA and NMDA receptors were present at all synapses, the variability of each component of the postsynaptic signal, expressed as the coefficient of variation (CV), should be approximately equal. This is because CV (the ratio of standard deviation to mean amplitude) is ...
Neurons in a micro-circuit connected by chemical synapses can have their connectivity affected by the prior activity of the cells. The number of synapses available for releasing neurotransmitter can be decreased by repetitive activation through depletion of readily releasable neurotransmitter (NT), or increased through facilitation, where the probability of release of NT is increased by prior activation. These competing effects can create a complicated and subtle range of time-dependent connectivity. Here we investigate the probabilistic properties of facilitation and depression (FD) for a presynaptic neuron that is receiving a Poisson spike train of input. We use a model of FD that is parameterized with experimental data from a hippocampal basket cell and pyramidal cell connection, for fixed frequency input spikes at frequencies in the range of theta (3-8 Hz) and gamma (20-100 Hz) oscillations. Hence our results will apply to micro-circuits in the hippocampus that are responsible for the interaction of
Along with regulating synaptic transmission, voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) function is responsible for a myriad of cellular outputs, ranging from gene expression to shaping synaptic morphology. Despite the morphological role of VGCCs, the proteins working downstream of VGCCs to regulate synaptic morphology remain mostly unknown, and their identification would provide insight into the shaping of synapses through calcium signaling. Chapter I introduces the Caenorhabditis elegans VGCC subunits unc-2 and unc-36 as regulators of D-type GABAergic neuromuscular junction morphology. In addition to synaptic defects found in single mutants, loss-of-function mutations in VGCC subunits, independent of neurotransmission, suppressed the enlarged synaptic areas resulting from mutations in the extracellular matrix protein nidogen (nid-1). Furthermore, time-lapse microscopy revealed UNC-2 function was required for proper synaptic dynamics that occurred during the L4 larval stage of organismal growth. ...
Previous work showed differences in the polysynaptic activation of GABAergic synapses during corticostriatal suprathreshold responses in direct and indirect striatal projection neurons (dSPNs and iSPNs). Here, we now show differences and similarities in the polysynaptic activation of cortical glutamatergic synapses on the same responses. Corticostriatal contacts have been extensively studied. However, several questions remain unanswered, e.g.: what are the differences and similarities in the responses to glutamate in dSPNs and iSPNs? Does glutamatergic synaptic activation exhibits a distribution of latencies over time in vitro? That would be a strong suggestion of polysynaptic cortical convergence. What is the role of kainate receptors in corticostriatal transmission? Current-clamp recordings were used to answer these questions. One hypothesis was: if prolonged synaptic activation distributed along time was present, then it would be mainly generated from the cortex, and not from the striatum. ...
Neural connections require precise organization of the presynaptic and postsynaptic neurons. Neuroligins are transmembrane proteins expressed on the postsynaptic cell that bind to β-neurexins, which are presynaptic transmembrane proteins. Graf et al. report that β-neurexin is present in both excitatory (glutamatergic) and inhibitory (GABAergic) presynaptic neurons of the hippocampus. When these cells were plated with COS cells transfected to express neuroligin-1 or neuroligin-2, the presynaptic specializations that contained synaptic vesicles were induced in both types of axons. Coculture of fibroblasts expressing neurexin-1β with hippocampal neurons triggered the formation of PSD-95-positive or gephyrin-positive postsynaptic clusters in contacting dendrites (PSD-95 is an excitatory postsynaptic organizing protein and gephyrin is an inhibitory postsynaptic organizing protein). In addition, neurexin-1β stimulated clustering of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptor subunits and ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Neurotransmitter release at ribbon synapses in the retina. AU - Morgans, Catherine. PY - 2000. Y1 - 2000. N2 - The synapses of photoreceptors and bipolar cells in the retina are easily identified ultrastructurally by the presence of synaptic ribbons, electron- lense bars perpendicular to the plasma membrane at the active zones, extending about 0.5 μm into the cytoplasm. The neurotransmitter, glutamate, is released continuously (tonically) from these ribbon synapses and the rate of release is modulated in response to graded changes in the membrane potential. This contrasts with action potential-driven bursts of release at conventional synapses. Similar to other synapses, neurotransmitter is released at ribbon synapses by the calcium-dependent exocytosis of synaptic vesicles. Most components of the molecular machinery governing transmitter release are conserved between ribbon and conventional synapses, but a few differences have been identified that may be important determinants ...
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The ribbon synapse is a type of neuronal synapse characterized by the presence of an electron-dense structure, the synaptic ribbon, that holds vesicles close to the active zone. It is characterized by a tight vesicle-calcium channel coupling that promotes rapid neurotransmitter release and sustained signal transmission. Ribbon synapses undergo a cycle of exocytosis and endocytosis in response to graded changes of membrane potential. It has been proposed that most ribbon synapses undergo a special type of exocytosis based on coordinated multivesicular release. This interpretation has recently been questioned at the inner hair cell ribbon synapse, where it has been instead proposed that exocytosis is described by uniquantal (i.e., univesicular) release shaped by a flickering vesicle fusion pore. These unique features specialize the ribbon synapse to enable extremely fast, precise and sustained neurotransmission, which is critical for the perception of complex senses such as vision and hearing. ...
After peripheral nerve injuries patients lose and do not recover the stretch reflex which leads to altered locomotor function. The focus of this thesis is to investigate the structural integrity of the central connection between Ia afferents and alpha motoneurons that mediate the stretch reflex. The overall hypothesis is that the density and distribution of Ia synapses on motoneurons is altered after peripheral nerve injuries. Analysis of Ia afferent-motoneuron contacts, revealed by vesicular glutamate transporter 1 (VGLUT1) immunoreactivity, on the soma and dendritic arbor of motoneurons after peripheral nerve injuries revealed major reorganizations in the distribution and density of Ia synapses. Synaptic stripping of Ia afferent synapses occurred on the soma and proximal dendrites and appeared to be permanent even after reinnervation; in contrast, VGLUT1 synapses on distal dendrites were unchanged. In conclusion, after peripheral nerve injuries motoneurons are contacted by fewer Ia synapses and they
New olfactory bulb granule cells (GCs) are GABAergic interneurons continuously arising from neuronal progenitors and integrating into preexisting bulbar circuits. They receive both GABAergic and glutamatergic synaptic inputs from olfactory bulb intrinsic neurons and centrifugal afferents. Here, we investigated the spatiotemporal dynamic of newborn GC synaptogenesis in adult mouse olfactory bulb. First, we established that GABAergic synapses onto mature GC dendrites contain the GABA(A) receptor alpha2 subunit along with the postsynaptic scaffolding protein gephyrin. Next, we characterized morphologically and electrophysiologically the development of GABAergic and glutamatergic inputs onto newborn GCs labeled with eGFP (enhanced green fluorescent protein) using lentiviral vectors. Already when reaching the GC layer (GCL), at 3 d post-vector injection (dpi), newborn GCs exhibited tiny voltage-dependent sodium currents and received functional GABAergic and glutamatergic synapses, recognized ...
This is a pre-registration of an experimental plan to examine the effect of APOE genotype on microglial-mediated synapse loss in Alzheimers disease. There is now extensive literature covering synapse loss in AD and mouse studies have shown microglia are key players in aberrantly clearing synapses during AD. From this pilot study, we expect to establish the effect size of engulfed synaptic elements inside microglial cells, and investigate if having AD, and particularly being an APOE4 carrier, affects this process. As APOE4 carriers are more likely to develop AD and have an earlier AD onset, we postulate that microglia are activated and primed for synapse phagocytosis, with e4 individuals microglia internalizing more synapses and amyloid beta. We also hypothesize that microglia around plaques, being more reactive, will phagocytose synapses more than microglia away from plaques ...
Long-term potentiation of NMDA-receptor-mediated synaptic transmission (NMDAR-LTP) is a little-understood form of plasticity. In the present study, we investigated whether NMDAR-LTP in the dentate gyrus involves recruitment of extrasynaptic NMDARs, because NMDARs are expressed both synaptically and extrasynaptically with evidence for subtype differences at different locations. We show that before induction of NMDAR-LTP, pharmacological inhibition of glutamate transporters resulted in glutamate spillover from the synapse and activation of extrasynaptic NMDARs. After the induction of NMDAR-LTP, such activation of extrasynaptic NMDARs was absent. Activation of extrasynaptic NMDARs after glutamate uptake inhibition also occurred when synaptic NMDARs were inhibited with MK801 [(+)-5-methyl-10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo [a,d] cyclohepten-5,10-imine maleate], and this extrasynaptically mediated NMDAR-EPSC was strongly reduced by prior induction of NMDAR-LTP. The extrasynaptic NMDARs were shown to be ...
The olfactory bulb (OB) receives and integrates newborn interneurons throughout life. This process is important for the proper functioning of the OB circuit and consequently, for the sense of smell. Although we know how these new interneurons are produced, the way in which they integrate into the pre-existing ongoing circuits remains poorly documented. Bearing in mind that glutamatergic inputs onto local OB interneurons are crucial for adjusting the level of bulbar inhibition, it is important to characterize when and how these inputs from excitatory synapses develop on newborn OB interneurons. We studied early synaptic events that lead to the formation and maturation of the first glutamatergic synapses on adult-born granule cells (GCs), the most abundant subtype of OB interneuron. Patch-clamp recordings and electron microscopy (EM) analysis were performed on adult-born interneurons shortly after their arrival in the adult OB circuits. We found that both the ratio of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)
TY - JOUR. T1 - Activity-Dependent Regulation of Synaptic AMPA Receptor Composition and Abundance by β3 Integrins. AU - Cingolani, Lorenzo A.. AU - Thalhammer, Agnes. AU - Yu, L. M Y. AU - Catalano, Myriam. AU - Ramos, Timothy. AU - Colicos, Michael A.. AU - Goda, Yukiko. PY - 2008/6/12. Y1 - 2008/6/12. N2 - At synapses, cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) provide the molecular framework for coordinating signaling events across the synaptic cleft. Among synaptic CAMs, the integrins, receptors for extracellular matrix proteins and counterreceptors on adjacent cells, are implicated in synapse maturation and plasticity and memory formation. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms of integrin action at central synapses. Here, we report that postsynaptic β3 integrins control synaptic strength by regulating AMPA receptors (AMPARs) in a subunit-specific manner. Pharmacological perturbation targeting β3 integrins promotes endocytosis of GluR2-containing AMPARs via Rap1 signaling, and ...
Fiorillo, Christopher D., The synaptic regulation of ventral midbrain dopamine neurons and its modulation by repeated cocaine treatment (1999). Scholar Archive. 3373 ...
When the amount of SynCAM1 was increased in experiments, the neurons formed a much greater number of synapses (cf.: picture on the right with increased SynCAM1). However, in the learning test, these mice performed worse than animals that lacked the protein. Image: Valentin Stein. The brain resembles a large construction site. Tiny protrusions constantly form on the surface of neurons. If such a protrusion meets the corresponding structure of an adjacent cell, the ends of these processes mature into a synapse. A synapse, in turn, makes it possible to transmit information from one cell to another. If an existing synapse is inefficient or is no longer needed, it will be eliminated. Scientists agree that the capacity to learn, forget and remember depends on this constant remodelling of the brain. The functions of a synaptic adhesive. Although synapses are tiny, their function is relatively well understood. However, synaptogenesis - the process of synapses formation - and the molecules involved in ...
Mossy fiber synapses on CA3 pyramidal cells are conditional detonators that reliably discharge postsynaptic targets. The conditional nature implies that burst activity in dentate gyrus granule cells is required for detonation. Whether single unitary excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) trigger spikes in CA3 neurons remains unknown. Mossy fiber synapses exhibit both pronounced short-term facilitation and uniquely large post-tetanic potentiation (PTP). We tested whether PTP could convert mossy fiber synapses from subdetonator into detonator mode, using a recently developed method to selectively and noninvasively stimulate individual presynaptic terminals in rat brain slices. Unitary EPSPs failed to initiate a spike in CA3 neurons under control conditions, but reliably discharged them after induction of presynaptic short-term plasticity. Remarkably, PTP switched mossy fiber synapses into full detonators for tens of seconds. Plasticity-dependent detonation may be critical for efficient ...
HIV-1-infected lymphocytes improperly respond to T cell antigen receptor (TCR) stimulation. To document this phenomenon, we studied the capacity of HIV-1-infected lymphocytes to form immunological synapses. We show here that HIV-1-infected T cells poorly conjugated with antigen-presenting cells, and when they formed conjugates, the synapses were abnormal. TCR and Lck accumulated in the recycling endosomal compartment, and their clustering at the synapse was severely reduced. These phenomena were, to a large extent, caused by Nef, a viral protein affecting intracellular trafficking and signaling pathways. Concomitantly, in HIV-infected cells, tyrosine phosphorylation at the synapse and the patterns of tyrosine phosphorylated proteins were disturbed in a Nef-dependent manner. These findings underscore the importance of Lck and TCR endosomal trafficking in synapse formation and early T cell signaling. Alteration of endocytic and signaling networks at the immunological synapse likely impacts the function
TY - JOUR. T1 - Maturation of silent synapses in amygdala-accumbens projection contributes to incubation of cocaine craving. AU - Lee, Brian R.. AU - Ma, Yao Ying. AU - Huang, Yanhua H.. AU - Wang, Xiusong. AU - Otaka, Mami. AU - Ishikawa, Masago. AU - Neumann, Peter A.. AU - Graziane, Nicholas M.. AU - Brown, Travis E.. AU - Suska, Anna. AU - Guo, Changyong. AU - Lobo, Mary Kay. AU - Sesack, Susan R.. AU - Wolf, Marina E.. AU - Nestler, Eric J.. AU - Shaham, Yavin. AU - Schlüter, Oliver M.. AU - Dong, Yan. PY - 2013/11/1. Y1 - 2013/11/1. N2 - In rat models of drug relapse and craving, cue-induced cocaine seeking progressively increases after withdrawal from the drug. This incubation of cocaine craving is partially mediated by time-dependent adaptations at glutamatergic synapses in nucleus accumbens (NAc). However, the circuit-level adaptations mediating this plasticity remain elusive. We studied silent synapses, often regarded as immature synapses that express stable NMDA receptors with AMPA ...
Excess expression of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in the cortex and hippocampus causes a decrease in the number of glutamatergic synapses and alters the expression of neurexin and neuroligin, trans-synaptic proteins that control synaptic stability. The molecular sequence and three-dimensional structure of AChE are homologous to the corresponding aspects of the ectodomain of neuroligin. This study investigated whether excess AChE interacts physically with neurexin to destabilize glutamatergic synapses. The results showed that AChE clusters colocalized with neurexin assemblies in the neurites of hippocampal neurons and that AChE co-immunoprecipitated with neurexin from the lysate of these neurons. Moreover, when expressed in human embryonic kidney 293 cells, N-glycosylated AChE co-immunoprecipitated with non-O-glycosylated neurexin-1β, with N-glycosylation of the AChE being required for this co-precipitation to occur. Increasing extracellular AChE decreased the association of neurexin with neuroligin and
Le co-transporteur KCC2 spécifique au potassium et chlore a pour rôle principal de réduire la concentration intracellulaire de chlore, entraînant lhyperpolarisation des courants GABAergic lautorisant ainsi à devenir inhibiteur dans le cerveau mature. De plus, il est aussi impliqué dans le développement des synapses excitatrices, nommées aussi les épines dendritiques. Le but de notre projet est détudier leffet des modifications concernant lexpression et la fonction de KCC2 dans le cortex du cerveau en développement dans un contexte de convulsions précoces. Les convulsions fébriles affectent environ 5% des enfants, et ce dès la première année de vie. Les enfants atteints de convulsions fébriles prolongées et atypiques sont plus susceptibles à développer lépilepsie. De plus, la présence dune malformation cérébrale prédispose au développement de convulsions fébriles atypiques, et dépilepsie du lobe temporal. Ceci suggère que ces pathologies néonatales peuvent ...
MIT neuroscientists have uncovered a cellular pathway that allows specific synapses to become stronger during memory formation. The findings provide the first glimpse of the molecular mechanism by which long-term memories ...
Mice lacking DIX domain containing-1 (DIXDC1), an intracellular Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway protein, have abnormal measures of anxiety, depression and social behavior. Pyramidal neurons in these animals brains have reduced dendritic spines and glutamatergic synapses. Treatment with lithium or a Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 (GSK3) inhibitor corrects behavioral and neurodevelopmental phenotypes in these animals. Analysis of DIXDC1 in over 9,000 cases of autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia reveals higher rates of rare inherited sequence-disrupting single nucleotide variants (SNVs) in these individuals compared to psychiatrically-unaffected controls. Many of these SNVs alter Wnt/β-catenin signaling activity of the neurally-predominant DIXDC1 isoform; a subset that hyperactivate this pathway cause dominant neurodevelopmental effects. We propose that rare missense SNVs in DIXDC1 contribute to psychiatric pathogenesis by reducing spine and glutamatergic synapse density downstream of GSK3 in ...
The brain is composed of glial cells and neurons where synapses form connections between neurons and other cells. Since synapses are very small, so either a light or electron microscope is required to see them. Unlike other mammals, synapses in the human brain deteriorate rapidly upon death making them difficult to study. This project constructs a simple model for the number of synapses in the human neocortex by age and sex based on the amount of neurons. This hypothetical model can also be used to study the impact of Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia that are marked by a decreased number of synaptic connections.
The specialized junction between a T lymphocyte and an antigen-presenting cell, the immunological synapse, consists of a central cluster of T cell receptors surrounded by a ring of adhesion molecules. Immunological synapse formation is now shown to be an active and dynamic mechanism that allows T cells to distinguish potential antigenic ligands. Initially, T cell receptor ligands were engaged in an outermost ring of the nascent synapse. Transport of these complexes into the central cluster was dependent on T cell receptor-ligand interaction kinetics. Finally, formation of a stable central cluster at the heart of the synapse was a determinative event for T cell proliferation. ...
Synaptic transmission is dependent on the precise juxtaposition of the presynaptic nerve terminal with a localized high density of neurotransmitter receptors in the postsynaptic cell. For decades, the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) has served as an excellent system to study the molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology of synapse formation and function. The enrichment of synaptic components in the electric organs of Torpedo californica (TEO) has provided a system to identify, purify, clone, and characterize the function of the molecular components at the NMJ. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) is the ligand-gated ion channel that mediates rapid depolarization of the postsynaptic membrane at the NMJ.
Chemical and Electrical Synapses. Two Kinds of Synapses. Chemical Electrical Both types of synapses relay information, but do so by very different mechanisms. Much more is known about chemical than about electrical synapses. Slideshow 183993 by sandra_john
Experimental observations have hinted that, in different compartments of a neuron, mitochondria can be different in their structure, behavior and activity. However, mitochondria have never been systematically compared at the subcellular level in neurons. Using electron microscopy, we analyzed several thousands of mitochondria in the synapses of rat hippocampal neurons in vitro and in vivo. We focused on examining the intensity and size of mitochondria as these structural features have been correlated to the activity of mitochondria. We compared mitochondria in the presynaptic compartment to those in the postsynaptic compartment. We found that, at least in the synapses of hippocampal neurons, presynaptic mitochondria are smaller in diameter and overall higher in intensity (darker) than postsynaptic mitochondria. Our finding highlights the need for developing technologies that would measure the activity of individual mitochondria at single-mitochondria resolution in real time.
The giant fiber system (GFS) is a simple network of neurons that mediates visually elicited escape behavior in Drosophila. The giant fiber (GF), the major component of the system, is a large, descending interneuron that relays visual stimuli to the motoneurons that innervate the tergotrochanteral jump muscle (TTM) and dorsal longitudinal flight muscles (DLMs). Mutations in the neural transcript from the shaking-B locus abolish the behavioral response by disrupting transmission at some electrical synapses in the GFS. This study focuses on the role of the gene in the development of the synaptic connections. Using an enhancer-trap line that expresses lacZ in the GFs, we show that the neurons develop during the first 30 hr of metamorphosis. Within the next 15 hr, they begin to form electrical synapses, as indicated by the transfer of intracellularly injected Lucifer yellow. The GFs dye-couple to the TTM motoneuron between 30 and 45 hr of metamorphosis, to the peripherally synapsing interneuron that ...
Members of the synapse-associated protein-97 (SAP97) family of scaffold proteins have been implicated as central organizers of synaptic junctions to build macromolecular signaling complexes around specific postsynaptic neurotransmitter receptors. In this regard, SAP97 has been suggested to regulate the synaptic localization of glutamate receptor type 1 subunits of the AMPA-type glutamate receptors. To test this hypothesis directly, we assessed the effects of SAP97 overexpression on surface expression of synaptic AMPA receptors. We find that recombinant SAP97 not only becomes concentrated at synaptic junctions but also leads to an increase in synaptic AMPA receptors, spine enlargement, and an increase in miniature EPSC (mEPSC) frequency, indicating that SAP97 has both postsynaptic and presynaptic effects on synaptic transmission. Synaptic targeting of SAP97, increased surface AMPA receptors, and increased mEPSC frequency are dependent on the presence of specific alternatively spliced sequences in ...
Classically, electrical synapses were thought only to increase the speed and synchrony of neural activity, but recent results suggest that rectifying electrical synapses can act as coincidence detectors, and regulation of the strength of other electrical synapses can enhance oscillatory or asynchron …
unc-104bris larvae are characterized by impairments in the reliable apposition of AZs and PSDs as quantified by staining for Brp (Wagh et al. 2006) and glutamate receptors. Brp clusters calcium channels at AZs and stabilizes T-bars, which are electron-dense presynaptic structures that have been shown to facilitate synaptic release (Kittel et al. 2006). In wild-type larvae, primarily very young (,3 h), immature synapses are Brp negative (Rasse et al. 2005). Because Brp-negative synapses have a low vesicle release probability, the accumulation of Brp at nascent AZs is an important step during synapse maturation (Rasse et al. 2005; Kittel et al. 2006; Schmid et al. 2008). The high percentage of Brp-negative synapses in the unc-104bris mutant suggests that synapse maturation is impaired either by rate-limiting axonal transport of Brp, defective delivery of Brp to AZs, or the inability to stabilize synaptic Brp. Restoration of Brp abundance at NMJs in unc-104bris larvae ameliorates but does not ...
Changes in synaptic strength are widely believed to underlie processes like learning and memory. Although the best known mechanisms of synaptic plasticity involve regulation of postsynaptic receptors, increasing evidence also implicates long lasting changes in neurotransmitter release in complex cognitive processes. Retrograde signaling by endocannabinoids (eCBs) mediates both short and long-term depression (eCB-STD and eCB-LTD) of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission, making it among the most widespread forms of synaptic plasticity in the brain. Both eCB-STD and eCB-LTD require the activation of the Type 1 Cannabinoid (CB1) receptor, a G protein-coupled receptor localized at presynaptic terminals which eCBs act to inhibit neurotransmitter release. Interneuron-to-pyramidal cell synapses in hippocampal area CA1 show both types of plasticity: a short term form is known as Depolarization-induced Supression of Inhibition (DSI), and a long term form, Long Term Depression of Inhibition ...
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A microchip that uses chemicals instead of pulses of electricity to stimulate neurons has been created. It could open the way to implants that interact with our nervous system in a far more subtle way than is possible now.. While electrical pulses convey impulses along neurons, the cells communicate with each other and with other cells such as muscles by releasing chemical messengers. These neurotransmitters are released from one side of a cell junction, or synapse, and picked up by receptors on the other side, triggering another electrical pulse.. Since synapses are typically around 50 nanometres across, and each chemical puff contains just a few thousand molecules, building an artificial synapse is a huge challenge. But Mark Peterman and Harvey Fishman at Stanford University in California are getting close. They told a biophysics conference in Texas earlier in March that they have created four artificial synapses on a silicon chip one centimetre square.. To cells on the surface of the ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Neuron-glia synapses in the brain. AU - Bergles, Dwight E. AU - Jabs, Ronald. AU - Steinhäuser, Christian. PY - 2010/5. Y1 - 2010/5. N2 - The ability to investigate the electrophysiological properties of individual cells in acute brain tissue led to the discovery that many glial cells have the capacity to respond rapidly to neuronal activity. In particular, a distinct class of neuroglial cells known as NG2 cells, which exhibit many of the properties that have been described for glial subtypes such as complex cells, polydendrocytes, synantocytes and GluR cells, express ionotropic receptors for glutamate and GABA. In both gray and white matter, NG2 cells form direct synaptic junctions with axons, which enable transient activation of these receptors. Electrophysiological analyses have shown that these neuron-glia synapses exhibit all the hallmarks of classical neuron-neuron synapses, including rapid activation, quantized responses, facilitation and depression, and presynaptic ...
Brain wiring is remarkably precise, yet most neurons readily form synapses with incorrect partners when given the opportunity. Dynamic axon-dendritic positioning can restrict synaptogenic encounters, but the spatiotemporal interaction kinetics and their regulation remain essentially unknown inside developing brains. Here we show that the kinetics of axonal filopodia restrict synapse formation and partner choice for neurons that are not otherwise prevented from making incorrect synapses. Using 4D imaging in developing Drosophila brains, we show that filopodial kinetics are regulated by autophagy, a prevalent degradation mechanism whose role in brain development remains poorly understood. With surprising specificity, autophagosomes form in synaptogenic filopodia, followed by filopodial collapse. Altered autophagic degradation of synaptic building material quantitatively regulates synapse formation as shown by computational modeling and genetic experiments. Increased filopodial stability enables incorrect
The unitary element of central synaptic transmission is a single synaptic site, with one active zone as presynaptic component and the postsynaptic density as postsynaptic partner. Due to technical limitations there is much uncertainty on the mode of functioning of a single synaptic site. To address this issue it is planned to perform paired recordings between interneurons of the molecular layers of the cerebellum. These neurons form synapses with a large quantal size, and occasionally displaying a single release site, and are thus favorable for this study. Postsynaptic responses will be studied in response to trains of presynaptic action potentials under various conditions. The results will be compared to a model supposing the obligatory binding of vesicles to a small complement of docking sites prior to exocytosis.
One of the goals of biomimetics is to take inspiration from the functioning of the brain in order to design increasingly intelligent machines. This principle is already at work in information technology, in the form of the algorithms used for completing certain tasks, such as image recognition; this, for instance, is what Facebook uses to identify photos. However, the procedure consumes a lot of energy. Vincent Garcia (Unité mixte de physique CNRS/Thales) and his colleagues have just taken a step forward in this area by creating directly on a chip an artificial synapse that is capable of learning. They have also developed a physical model that explains this learning capacity. This discovery opens the way to creating a network of synapses and hence intelligent systems requiring less time and energy. Our brains learning process is linked to our synapses, which serve as connections between our neurons. The more the synapse is stimulated, the more the connection is reinforced and learning improved.
The immunological synapse between T cells and the antigen-presenting dendritic cells acts as a locus for T cell activation. Now, Roberto Maldonado, Laurie Glimcher (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA), and colleagues find that this synapse also helps the T cells decide between two different activated, differentiated fates based on the extent of colocalization of receptors at the synapse.. The end products of this decision are the bacteria-fighting Th1 cells and the parasite-fighting Th2 cells. Activation of the interferon-γ receptor (IFNGR) or interleukin 4 receptor (IL-4R) is known to favor Th1 production or Th2 production, respectively.. Now, Glimchers group shows that the IFNGR but not IL-4R colocalizes with the T cell receptor (TCR) at the immunological synapse. The extent of this colocalization is greatest in mice that tend to generate more Th1 cells. IL-4, which favors production of Th2 cells, inhibits the colocalization.. Turning this colocalization correlation into causation ...
The brain features both chemical and electrical synapses, with the latter most often used to trigger actions that require a quick response time, as in the fight or flight reflex. Electrical synapses, like the one above, are characterized by a microscopic gap junction, 2-4 nanometers, as you can see. Chemical synapses gaps are still tiny, but about 10 times larger.. These things are fast. Signals are transmitted across a chemical synapse in about 2 milliseconds (ms), and an electrical synapse in about 0.2 ms.. But the real eye-opener is how many there are. Babies are born with about 2,500 synapses in an average neuron. By the time the adult human brain is fully formed, that number has ballooned to 10-15,000.. Synapses are the true closest analogue to transistors. They are similarly binary, open or closed, letting a signal pass through or blocking it. So our biocomputer has - taking a median estimate of 12,500 synapses/neuron, and taking the consensus estimate of 22 billion cortical neurons - ...
We are pleased to announce that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has chosen Synapse to receive their 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for their wireless lighting controllers.. This award recognizes Synapses DIM10 family of controllers, which act as an intelligent wireless lighting solution that provides remote control and monitoring of connected, smart node devices via a wireless mesh network. These devices collect and report data about energy use, which can be used to make informed decisions and proactively address critical issues. It also provides dimming and true on/off functionality while supporting a wide range of input voltages. Synapse is the only IoT technology company that provides smart lighting solutions on a single management platform for both indoor and outdoor environments.. Synapse also officially launched SimplySNAP 2.0 earlier this quarter. This on-site lighting solution monitors and controls LEDs and other lights from a mobile device without ...
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., February 24, 2014 - Synapse Wireless, a leader in delivering solutions for the Internet of Everything, today appointed George Sun, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, and Kathy Snyder, Senior Vice President of Client Services. The Internet of Everything is the connection and communication of new and existing devices to each other, to the internet, and to you.. With these appointments, Synapse expands its healthcare capabilities and focus, providing leadership for company growth, and high-touch customer services.. Expanded Healthcare CapabilitiesAdding George and Kathy, two respected leaders each with a deep understanding for healthcare customers business- and patient-driven needs, allows Synapse to realize its desire to provide the very best that customer partnerships can bring, said Kevin Orndorff, President of Healthcare, Synapse Wireless.. George Sun has over 25 years experience in healthcare and telecommunications. This body of work encompasses a ...
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Whereas it is clear that Parv+ inhibitory synapses are essential for controlling the flow of neuronal activity, the mechanisms underlying the formation of these synapses are not well understood. Here we discovered that a neuronally expressed collagen contributes to the development of these synapses. Deletion of this collagen results in reduced numbers of inhibitory synapses, and specifically axosomatic inhibitory synapses, so it is not surprising that col19a1−/− mutant mice display a range a behavioral phenotypes, including neglect, impairment in sensorimotor gating, and seizures. It is surprising, however, that the majority of cells generating collagen XIX are not presynaptic Parv+ interneurons or their postsynaptic targets (Fig. S5 D). This suggests a novel paracrine mechanism that contributes to Parv+ inhibitory synapse formation and sheds new light on why patients with microdeletions in the genomic region encoding collagen XIX may suffer from schizophrenia (Liao et al., 2012).. As with ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Synaptic organization of expansion motoneurons ofNavanax inermis. AU - Spira, M. E.. AU - Spray, D. C.. AU - Bennett, M. V.L.. PY - 1980/8/18. Y1 - 1980/8/18. N2 - The opisthobranch mollusc, Navanax, feeds by rapid pharyngeal expansion that sucks in prey followed by peristaltic swallowing that moves prey into the esophagus. Several identifiable neurons on the ventral surface of the buccal ganglia control radial musculature within the pharyngeal wall, contraction of which leads to pharyngeal expansion. These are considered expansion motoneurons because their axons run into the muscle and twitches and EMGs occur one for one with action potentials. The motoneurons are electronically coupled. Electronic PSPs, the components of spread associated with impulses, can summate with subthreshold DC depolarizations to yield synchronous impulses in coupled cells. During a train of responses the later electronic PSPs can be facilitated because of increase in amplitude and duration of the ...
In the in vivo study, the team blocked APC function and found that synaptic levels of the cell adhesion proteins neuroligin and neurexin dropped considerably. Without normal levels of these proteins, synapses were less mature both structurally and functionally. Mutations in the genes for neuroligin and neurexin are associated with autism in humans, but until now, little was known about the mechanisms responsible for localizing these proteins at the synapse. Our laboratory study is the first to show that APC is needed to recruit neuroligin and neurexin to the synapse. This finding provides new insights into the mechanisms required for proper synapse function as well as molecular changes at the synapse that likely contribute to autistic behaviors and learning deficits in people with APC loss of function gene mutations, said Jacob. ...
Glutamate is the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the vertebrate nervous system.[21] At chemical synapses, glutamate is stored in vesicles. Nerve impulses trigger release of glutamate from the presynaptic cell. Glutamate acts on ionotropic and metabotropic (G-protein coupled) receptors.[21] In the opposing postsynaptic cell, glutamate receptors, such as the NMDA receptor or the AMPA receptor, bind glutamate and are activated. Because of its role in synaptic plasticity, glutamate is involved in cognitive functions such as learning and memory in the brain.[22] The form of plasticity known as long-term potentiation takes place at glutamatergic synapses in the hippocampus, neocortex, and other parts of the brain. Glutamate works not only as a point-to-point transmitter, but also through spill-over synaptic crosstalk between synapses in which summation of glutamate released from a neighboring synapse creates extrasynaptic signaling/volume transmission.[23] In addition, glutamate plays ...
Ca2+-triggered synchronous neurotransmitter release is well described, but asynchronous release-in fact, its very existence-remains enigmatic. Here we report a quantitative description of asynchronous neurotransmitter release in calyx-of-Held synapses. ... Our results reveal that release triggered in wild-type synapses at low Ca2+ concentrations is physiologically asynchronous, and that asynchronous release completely empties the readily releasable pool of vesicles during sustained elevations of Ca2+. We propose a dual-Ca2+-sensor model of release that quantitatively describes the contributions of synchronous and asynchronous release under conditions of different presynaptic Ca2+ dynamics ...
2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.Long-term plasticity plays an important role in the functional construction of neuronal networks. While anatomical wiring provides essential hardware for brain function, activity-dependent plasticity works as an adjustable software interface allowing sensory induced modification of transmission efficacy at given synaptic connections. In contrast to the vast majority of excitatory synapses, at distinct types of inhibitory GABAergic connections, the link between the pattern of activity and the subsequent change of synaptic strength has not been well characterized. Here, we examined frequency and stimulation pattern dependence in long-term synaptic depression at CCK+/CB1R inhibitory perisomatic synapses in the hippocampal CA1 region, and we found that successful LTD induction depends on the pattern of stimulation rather than the number of stimuli ...
The deep dorsal horn is a poorly characterized spinal cord region implicated in processing low-threshold mechanoreceptor (LTMR) information. We report an array of mouse genetic tools for defining neuronal components and functions of the dorsal horn LTMR-recipient zone (LTMR-RZ), a role for LTMR-RZ processing in tactile perception, and the basic logic of LTMR-RZ organization. We found an unexpectedly high degree of neuronal diversity in the LTMR-RZ: seven excitatory and four inhibitory subtypes of interneurons exhibiting unique morphological, physiological, and synaptic properties. Remarkably, LTMRs form synapses on between four and 11 LTMR-RZ interneuron subtypes, while each LTMR-RZ interneuron subtype samples inputs from at least one to three LTMR classes, as well as spinal cord interneurons and corticospinal neurons. Thus, the LTMR-RZ is a somatosensory processing region endowed with a neuronal complexity that rivals the retina and functions to pattern the activity of ascending touch pathways ...
Although synapse formation is an activity-independent event, modification of synapses and synapse elimination requires neural ... CNS synapses[edit]. Agrin appears not to be a central mediator of CNS synapse formation and there is active interest in ... Synapse formation[edit]. Neuromuscular junction[edit]. Main article: Neuromuscular junction. Much of our understanding of ... the generation of synapses between these axons and their postsynaptic partners, and finally the lifelong changes in synapses, ...
Synapse[edit]. Main article: Synapse (comics). Max Mullins[edit]. Main article: Synapse (Max Mullins) ...
Synapses[edit]. Mead's work underlies the development of computer processors whose electronic components are connected in ways ... Diorio, C.; Hasler, P.; Minch, A.; Mead, C.A. (1995). "A single-transistor silicon synapse". IEEE Transactions on Electron ... Hasler, P.; Diorio, C.; Minch, A.; Mead, C.A. (1999). "Single transistor learning synapse with long term storage". Proceedings ... Diorio, Chris; Hasler, Paul; Minch, Bradley A.; Mead, Carver (1998). "Floating-Gate MOS Synapse Transistors". In Lande, Tor ...
Synapse[edit]. At the synaptic cleft, the neurotransmitter normally diffuses across the synapse to eventually contact ... thus releasing acetylcholine into the synapse. Once acetylcholine is present in the synapse it is able to bind to nicotinic ... The neuromuscular junction is a specialized synapse between a neuron and the muscle it innervates. It allows efferent signals ... In the neuromuscular junction, the diseases will either act on the presynaptic membrane of the motor neuron, the synapse ...
... "chemical nerve synapse".[103] The chemical nerve synapse is the synapse most often truncated to the more ambiguous term "nerve ... A gap junction located in neurons is often referred to as an electrical synapse. The electrical synapse was discovered using ... Electrical and chemical nerve synapses[edit]. Because of the widespread occurrence of gap junctions in cell types other than ... Robertson, J. D. (1953). "Ultrastructure of two invertebrate synapses". Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and ...
Synaptogenesis is dependent upon the assembly of new synapses and the disassembly of old synapses by β-adducin.[57] Adducins ... as these are the components of the synapse that will communicate regularly and maintain the synapse structure and function long ... positive regulation of synapse assembly. • positive regulation of collateral sprouting. • nervous system development. • axon ... Synapse stability[edit]. In addition to mediating transient effects on NMDAR activation to promote memory-related molecular ...
Tripartite synapse[edit]. Within the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, activated astrocytes have the ability to respond to almost ... They are also known as astrocytic glial cells. Star-shaped, their many processes envelop synapses made by neurons. Astrocytes ... Parri R, Crunelli V (2003). "An astrocyte bridge from synapse to blood flow". Nature Neuroscience. 6 (1): 5-6. doi:10.1038/ ... One factor at the forefront of recent research is in the pain-potentiating synapse located in the dorsal horn of the spinal ...
Synapses. Musée du Montparnasse, Paris. 2007. Graphology. Palais de Tokyo, Paris. 2009. Collection Gallizia. Grand Palais - ...
Rousseau, Jacques (2011-07-14). "Elevatorgate and the power of words". Synapses. Archived from the original on 2019-12-15. ...
The book discussed neuron theory, the "synapse" (a term he had introduced in 1897, the word itself suggested by classicist A. W ... Cowan, W. Maxwell; Südhof, Thomas C.; Stevens, Charles F. (2003). Synapses. JHU Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780801871184. Retrieved 9 ... Pearce, J. M. (2004). "Sir Charles Scott Sherrington (1857-1952) and the synapse". Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and ...
1988). The Cholinergic Synapse. Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 86. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-387-18613-1. Whittaker, V ... Cowan, W.M.; Südhof, T.C.; Stevens, C. (2001). Synapses. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-8018-6498 ...
"The Press Ombusdman's Huffington Post ruling - #ShelleyGarland and hate speech , Synapses". Synapses. 2017-04-23. Retrieved ...
Rousseau, Jacques (July 14, 2011). "Elevatorgate and the power of words". Synapses. "Company Created Official-Looking 'Class of ...
"Synapses". The Brain from Top to Bottom. McGill University. Professor Heather Ashton (2002). "Benzodiazepines: How They Work ... roughly one-quarter to one-third of synapses use GABA. The use of benzodiazepines has a profound effect on almost every aspect ...
This can help to encode changes in the state of an individual synapse without necessarily affecting the state of other synapses ... Half of the synapsing axons and dendritic spines are physically tethered by calcium-dependent cadherin, which forms cell-to- ... The variable spine shape and volume is thought to be correlated with the strength and maturity of each spine-synapse. Dendritic ... Excitatory axon proximity to dendritic spines is not sufficient to predict the presence of a synapse, as demonstrated by the ...
Rousseau, Jacques (July 14, 2011). "Elevatorgate and the power of words". Synapses. Band, Emily (July 24, 2011). "Richard ...
"Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC)". Euro Synapses. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 29 ...
Synapse. 39 (1): 32-41. doi:10.1002/1098-2396(20010101)39:1,32::AID-SYN5,3.0.CO;2-3. PMID 11071707.. ...
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Ultrastructure of synapses". Journal of Neurocytology. 2 (3): 249-263. doi:10.1007/BF01104029. PMID 9224490. Hutton, Danielle M ...
TNF strengthens synapses. TNF in neurons promotes their survival, whereas TNF in macrophages and microglia results in ...
"Free Astronomy Lesson 7 - The Phases of the Moon". Synapses.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-28. Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English < ...
CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) "The Oblique craftmanship of Sheldon". Auditory Synapses blog. Retrieved 2018-11-12. ...
Neurons and synapsesEdit. PrP is present in both the pre- and post-synaptic compartments, with the greatest concentration in ... Researchers have also proposed roles for PrP in cell signaling or in the formation of synapses.[19] PrPC attaches to the outer ... "Recombinant prion protein induces rapid polarization and development of synapses in embryonic rat hippocampal neurons in vitro ...
SynapsisEdit. Main article: Synapsis. During meiosis, synapsis (the pairing of homologous chromosomes) ordinarily precedes ...
Electrical synapsesEdit. Main articles: Electrical synapse, Gap junction, and Connexin. Some synapses dispense with the " ... Chemical synapsesEdit. Main articles: Chemical synapse, Neurotransmitter, Excitatory postsynaptic potential, and Inhibitory ... 1989). Methods in Neuronal Modeling: From Synapses to Networks. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-11133-1 ... A special case of a chemical synapse is the neuromuscular junction, in which the axon of a motor neuron terminates on a muscle ...
Electrical synapses are faster than chemical synapses.[11] Electrical synapses are found throughout the nervous system, ... Chemical synapses are not the only type of biological synapse: electrical and immunological synapses also exist. Without a ... Relationship to electrical synapsesEdit. An electrical synapse is an electrically conductive link between two abutting neurons ... Synapses may be described as symmetric or asymmetric. When examined under an electron microscope, asymmetric synapses are ...
The concept for People has been attributed to Andrew Heiskell, Time Inc.'s chief executive officer at the time and the former publisher of the weekly Life magazine. The founding managing editor of People was Richard B. "Dick" Stolley, a former assistant managing editor at Life and the journalist who acquired the Zapruder film of the John F. Kennedy assassination for Time Inc. in 1963. People's first publisher was Richard J. "Dick" Durrell, another Time Inc. veteran.[citation needed] Stolley characterized the magazine as "getting back to the people who are causing the news and who are caught up in it, or deserve to be in it. Our focus is on people, not issues."[11] Stolley's almost religious determination to keep the magazine people-focused contributed significantly to its rapid early success. It is said that although Time Inc. pumped an estimated $40 million into the venture, the magazine only broke even 18 months after its debut in March 1974. Initially, the magazine was sold primarily on ...
Learns by modifying weights of synapses - Thousands of synapses on the dendrites - Active dendrites: cell recognizes hundreds ... Co-activation of a set of synapses on a dendritic segment causes an NMDA spike and depolarization at the soma ... Models dendrites and NMDA spikes with each array of coincident detectors having a set of synapses ... Feedforward inputs which form synapses proximal to the soma and directly lead to action potentials ...
a b Why Neurons Have Thousands of Synapses, a Theory of Sequence Memory in Neocortex ... Co-activation of a set of synapses on a dendritic segment causes an NMDA spike and depolarization at the soma ... Models dendrites and NMDA spikes with each array of coincident detectors having a set of synapses ... Feedforward inputs which form synapses proximal to the soma and directly lead to action potentials ...
Synapses (Chinese: 那个我最亲爱的陌生人), also known as The Beloved Stranger, is a 2019 Taiwanese film directed and written by Chang Tso- ...
The vast majority of synapses in the mammalian nervous system are classical axo-dendritic synapses (axon synapsing upon a ... An autapse is a chemical or electrical synapse that forms when the axon of one neuron synapses onto dendrites of the same ... There are two fundamentally different types of synapses: *In a chemical synapse, electrical activity in the presynaptic neuron ... This article is about synapses of the nervous system. For other uses, see Synapse (disambiguation). ...
... and postsynaptic neurons is substantially greater at chemical synapses than at electrical synapses and is called the synaptic ... the transmitter employed at peripheral neuromuscular synapses, in autonomic ganglia, and at some central synapses. ... However, the key feature of all chemical synapses is the presence of small, membrane-bounded organelles called synaptic ... and it is these chemical agents acting as messengers between the communicating neurons that gives this type of synapse its name ...
Hebbian synapses in hippocampus. S R Kelso, A H Ganong, and T H Brown ... Postsynaptic bursting is essential for Hebbian induction of associative long-term potentiation at excitatory synapses in rat ... Hebbian induction of long-term potentiation of Aplysia sensorimotor synapses: partial requirement for activation of an NMDA- ... Evolution of Adaptive Synapses: Robots with Fast Adaptive Behavior in New Environments ...
However, the interest and scope of the whole subject of synapses stimulated me to write a much more comprehensive and extensive ... In 1927 the subject of Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses was chosen for investigation in the course leading to the Oxford D. ... if the author were to make the claim that this book is the fruit of a life-time of enquiry into the physiology of synapses. ...
... synapses have been detected between neurons and oligodendrocytes in CA1 of the hippocampus AND these synapses can undergo a ... Neuron to Glia Synapses on Axons?. I posted a couple months ago about neuron to glia (in this case oligodendrocyte) synapses in ... The structure of the neuron-glia synapses found in NG2 cells differs from that of neuronal synapses by having a less well- ... synapses have been detected between neurons and oligodendrocytes in CA1 of the hippocampus AND these synapses can undergo a ...
synapses. Not Exactly Rocket Science. Tag archives for synapses. Simple sponges provide clues to origin of nervous system. ...
Scientists develop a memristor that can be conditioned just like a real synapse October 5, 2016 at 11:25 am Scientists just ... IBM takes a step towards building artificial semiconductor synapses March 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm Researchers at IBM have ... built a memristor that mimics a synapse so closely, we could do simple classical conditioning on it. ...
The SyNAPSE team for IBM is led by Dharmendra Modha, manager of IBMs cognitive computing initiative. The SyNAPSE team for HRL ... SyNAPSE is a backronym standing for Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics. The name alludes to synapses ... SyNAPSE is a DARPA program that aims to develop electronic neuromorphic machine technology, an attempt to build a new kind of ... New IBM SyNAPSE Chip Could Open Era of Vast Neural Networks IBM, August 7, 2014 "Dharmendra S Modhas Cognitive Computing Blog ...
"When we learn something new, synapses can be added or strengthened, but synapses must be weakened as well - so that the brain ... Building and Breaking Synapses. Researchers find a protein thats involved in helping control the architecture of connections ... Although tiny, synapses are not simple and must be precisely organized to function properly. Indeed, diseases like autism and ... Researchers who study how synapses grow and are lost have long focused on a molecule called PSD-95, which helps create and ...
synapse* A specialized junction where transmission of information takes place between a nerve fibre and another nerve cell, or ... The major types of neural synapses include axodendritic synapses, axosomatic synapses, and axoaxonic synapses-each ... The major types of neural synapses include axodendritic synapses, axosomatic synapses, and axoaxonic synapses-each ... Synapse Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology COPYRIGHT 2001 The Gale Group Inc.. Synapse. The tiny gap through which communication ...
The results implicate many genes in communication at the synapse between neurons and muscle. The identification of proteins ... Figure 1: Signal transmission at the neuromuscular junction (the synapse).. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is stored within ... 1). Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular synapse of C. elegans, as it is in vertebrates. The neuron ... Given that so many of the proteins reside in or near the synapse, and that many had associations with known synaptic components ...
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  • In the nervous system , a synapse [1] is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron or to the target effector cell. (wikipedia.org)
  • At a synapse, the plasma membrane of the signal-passing neuron (the presynaptic neuron) comes into close apposition with the membrane of the target ( postsynaptic ) cell. (wikipedia.org)
  • In a chemical synapse , electrical activity in the presynaptic neuron is converted (via the activation of voltage-gated calcium channels ) into the release of a chemical called a neurotransmitter that binds to receptors located in the plasma membrane of the postsynaptic cell. (wikipedia.org)
  • An autapse is a chemical or electrical synapse that forms when the axon of one neuron synapses onto dendrites of the same neuron. (wikipedia.org)
  • These spherical organelles are filled with one or more neurotransmitters, the chemical signals secreted from the presynaptic neuron , and it is these chemical agents acting as messengers between the communicating neurons that gives this type of synapse its name. (nih.gov)
  • The structure of the neuron-glia synapses found in NG2 cells differs from that of neuronal synapses by having a less well-defined postsynaptic density and smaller presynaptic boutons that contain fewer vesicles. (scienceblogs.com)
  • Thus it is of interest to examine whether the neuron-NG2 cell synapses have adequate expression and localization of components required for both the induction and expression of LTP. (scienceblogs.com)
  • I posted a couple months ago about neuron to glia (in this case oligodendrocyte) synapses in the hippocampus, and how researchers had shown that these synapses were capable of LTP. (scienceblogs.com)
  • The appearance and disappearance of synapses can be fluid in a neuron," says Dr. Dalva. (newswise.com)
  • When the neuron is activated, the neurotransmitter is released into the synapse at active zones by a process called exocytosis. (nature.com)
  • Aren't all facts, at the neuron and synapse level, really the same? (dictionary.com)
  • The contact of the axon of one neuron with the dendrons of another is called a synapse . (dictionary.com)
  • These are transferred from neuron to neuron through the synapse . (dictionary.com)
  • The synapse consists of the synaptic terminal , or presynaptic ending, of a sending neuron, a postsynaptic ending of the receiving cell that contains receptor sites, and the space between them (the synaptic cleft ). (dictionary.com)
  • Most interestingly, there are two types of synapses in the brain - "excitatory" and "inhibitory" - we will discuss how these two opposing signals interact in the receiving ``neuron. (coursera.org)
  • For the reception of these signals, each neuron has finely branched antennae that integrate with thousands of terminals from other neurons to form synapses. (tu-darmstadt.de)
  • Or neuroplasticity can occur at the level of entire cells where the total number of synapses between a neuron and its target cell are changed. (khanacademy.org)
  • Synapse communication neuron. (alamy.com)
  • In the scientific journal Neuron, they report that the neurotransmitter-releasing part of a synapse dramatically remodels itself in response to electrical stimulation. (mail-archive.com)
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  • Frozen Synapse is a multi-award-winning tactical game. (apple.com)
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  • Building artificial synapses may have just become a little easier. (extremetech.com)
  • And, of course, the artificial synapses may be used to boost the artificial intelligence of the sort of robots that get sci-fi fans all hot under the collar. (fastcompany.com)
  • In 1927 the subject of Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses was chosen for investigation in the course leading to the Oxford D. Phil. (springer.com)
  • Whether a synapse is excitatory or inhibitory depends on what type(s) of ion channel conduct the postsynaptic current display(s), which in turn is a function of the type of receptors and neurotransmitter employed at the synapse. (mcgill.ca)
  • The postsynaptic density of excitatory synapses is thicker (more pronounced) than the postsynaptic density of inhibitory synapses. (els.net)
  • With a five-year, $500,000 grant from the Rita Allen Foundation, Tian will develop imaging tools to obtain a comprehensive view of both excitatory and inhibitory synapses in action at the cellular, tissue and whole-animal levels. (ucdavis.edu)
  • Perhaps the cells form new synapses to inhibitory nerve cells, which would reduce the transmission of synaptic information even more', Nadine Becker speculates on her results. (mail-archive.com)
  • Work from other laboratories has shown that these synapses, with less PSD-95, are likely to be weakened or lost. (newswise.com)
  • A new paper, publishing in Nature Neuroscience October 19th, reveals that a second protein interacts with PSD-95 and enables adaptive changes, such as changes in sensation, to be translated into changes in the synaptic scaffold, changing the amount of PSD-95 at the synapse. (newswise.com)
  • We can't see or learn or talk without synapses working properly," says senior author Matthew Dalva, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the Farber Institute of Neuroscience at Jefferson and leader of the Theme Team for Synapse Biology. (newswise.com)
  • If you missed the first Synapse meeting and would like to be added to the Neuroscience Journal Club mailing list, please email me at [email protected] with your name and preferred email address. (google.com)
  • The Neuroscience Department and Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 SYNAPSES seminar series. (yale.edu)
  • SYNAPSES (Seminars at Yale Neuroscience: Advanced PoStdoc Extramural Series) brings to Yale postdocs from around the world to share their latest work. (yale.edu)
  • Trettenbrein acknowledges that "the idea that learning is essentially the modification of synapses in an ever-changing plastic brain has become one of the dogmas of modern neuroscience" . (discovermagazine.com)
  • immunological synapses exist as well. (mcgill.ca)
  • The discovery of phosphatase micro-exclusion from signaling elements in immunological synapses and innate phagocytic synapses define a common functional unit at a common sub-micron scale across synapse types. (jci.org)
  • Herein we refer to data from phagocytic, T cell, B cell, and NK cell synapses as specific subtypes of immunological synapses. (jci.org)
  • [2] The word "synapse" - from the Greek synapsis ( συνάψις ), meaning "conjunction", in turn from συνάπτεὶν ( συν ("together") and ἅπτειν ("to fasten")) - was introduced in 1897 by the English neurophysiologist Charles Sherrington in Michael Foster 's Textbook of Physiology . (wikipedia.org)
  • There would be some justification if the author were to make the claim that this book is the fruit of a life-time of enquiry into the physiology of synapses. (springer.com)
  • One of the most fundamental issues in synaptic physiology is whether receptors at a single synapse are saturated by a quantum of neurotransmitter. (pnas.org)
  • Synapses are little nanoscale machines that transmit information," said senior author Vitaly A. Klyachko, PhD, an associate professor of cell biology and physiology at the School of Medicine. (eurekalert.org)
  • Because this process is very similar to how calcium ions behave in biological synapses, the device can mimic short-term plasticity in neurons, the researchers said. (livescience.com)
  • More restrained signaling may promote a longer-lived junction than can then be used to process action potentials into chemical synapse and compute one output from many inputs. (jci.org)
  • Graded signaling requires a synapse to sustain high rates of exocytosis for relatively long periods, and this capacity is the special virtue of ribbon synapses. (nih.gov)
  • In an electrical synapse , the presynaptic and postsynaptic cell membranes are connected by special channels called gap junctions or synaptic cleft that are capable of passing an electric current, causing voltage changes in the presynaptic cell to induce voltage changes in the postsynaptic cell. (wikipedia.org)
  • With the exception of developing neuromuscular junctions, long-term potentiation (LTP) has been observed only at synapses between neurons. (scienceblogs.com)
  • Chemical synapses are among the most elaborate junctions existing between two cells, enabling communication between neurons through chemical neurotransmission within milliseconds. (els.net)
  • The name alludes to synapses, the junctions between biological neurons. (wikipedia.org)
  • The cytoplasm of the presynaptic nerve terminal (in a chemical synapse) is packed full of small vesicles, each containing a few thousand molecules of neurotransmitter. (encyclopedia.com)
  • Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular synapse of C. elegans , as it is in vertebrates. (nature.com)
  • The neurotransmitter binds to receptors on the target cell to pass the signal across the synapse, and any excess neurotransmitter is broken down by enzymes called acetylcholinesterases, so that the synapse is primed for the next signal. (nature.com)
  • One change that can occur is that for each action potential reaching the axon terminal, more neurotransmitter may be released into the synapse so that a bigger response is going to be seen in the target cell because more neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal with each action potential coming down the axon. (khanacademy.org)
  • C ) T cell synapses are larger interfaces in which TCR microclusters that exclude CD45 are formed. (jci.org)
  • Axons typically form synapses en passant (in passage) with dendritic segments from many neurons. (els.net)
  • The general structure of a chemical synapse is shown schematically in Figure 5.1B . The space between the pre- and postsynaptic neurons is substantially greater at chemical synapses than at electrical synapses and is called the synaptic cleft . (nih.gov)
  • At electrical synapses , which are relatively rare in vertebrates, the membranes of the two cells are in tight contact, producing electrical coupling, which enables a nerve impulse (or action potential ) arriving at the presynaptic nerve ending to pass swiftly and reliably to the next cell. (encyclopedia.com)
  • When sending signals, the transmitting side of the synapse releases little packages of neurotransmitters, which traverse the gap and bind to receptors on the receiving side, completing the information relay. (eurekalert.org)
  • On the transmitting side of the synapse the neurotransmitters at the active zone are packaged into synaptic vesicles. (eurekalert.org)
  • By comparison, the other side of the synapse, the transmitter unit, also known as bouton, was believed to play only a passive role in the formation of synapses. (mail-archive.com)
  • synapses have been detected between neurons and oligodendrocytes in CA1 of the hippocampus AND these synapses can undergo a kind of LTP. (scienceblogs.com)
  • Synapses in the hippocampus are larger and stronger after sleep deprivation, according to new research in mice published in JNeurosci . (eurekalert.org)
  • Chiara Cirelli and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison examined how synapses in the hippocampus, a structure involved in learning, changed following sleep and sleep deprivation in mice. (eurekalert.org)
  • In the postsynaptic density of neuronal excitatory synapses, PDZ proteins such as PSD-95 organize glutamate receptors and their associated signalling proteins and determine the size and strength of synapses. (nih.gov)
  • synapse A specialized junction where transmission of information takes place between a nerve fibre and another nerve cell, or between a nerve fibre and a muscle or gland cell. (encyclopedia.com)
  • At nerve-muscle synapses, and in many nerve-nerve synapses, the receptors have a double function, since they also serve as ion channels . (encyclopedia.com)
  • Acetylcholine is the excitatory transmitter at nerve-muscle synapses, and glutamate is the main excitatory transmitter in the central nervous system . (encyclopedia.com)
  • junction between two nerve cells," 1899, from Greek synapsis "conjunction," from synaptein "to clasp," from syn- "together" (see syn- ) + haptein "to fasten. (dictionary.com)
  • In biological systems, when a nerve impulse reaches a synapse , it causes channels to open, allowing calcium ions to flood into the synapse. (livescience.com)
  • Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report they have been able to achieve -- with a custom-built microscope -- the closest view yet of living nerve synapses. (eurekalert.org)
  • A synapse consists of a tiny gap between two nerves, with one nerve serving as the transmitter and the other as the receiver. (eurekalert.org)
  • Thanks to the flexibility of the nerve cell's communication units, called synapses, we are good at both. (mail-archive.com)
  • The brain can deal with its complicated tasks only when the nerve cells manage to exchange information at the right time and place via their synapses. (mail-archive.com)
  • An example of chemical synapse by the release of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine or glutamic acid . (wikipedia.org)
  • There are many kinds of neurotransmitters (see Chapter 6), the best studied example being acetylcholine , the transmitter employed at peripheral neuromuscular synapses, in autonomic ganglia, and at some central synapses. (nih.gov)
  • b) Schematic diagram of a synapse, showing the three main components: the presynaptic bouton containing synaptic vesicles (SVs), the synaptic cleft containing neurotransmitters released from SVs and the postsynaptic junction where receptors are localised. (els.net)
  • Specifically, we would like to understand how synaptic vesicles fuse to release neurotransmitters and how vesicles are regenerated at the synapse to maintain synaptic transmission. (hhmi.org)
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  • In many synapses, the presynaptic part is located on an axon and the postsynaptic part is located on a dendrite or soma . (wikipedia.org)
  • The vast majority of synapses in the mammalian nervous system are classical axo-dendritic synapses (axon synapsing upon a dendrite), however, a variety of other arrangements exist. (wikipedia.org)
  • The axon can synapse onto a dendrite, onto a cell body, or onto another axon or axon terminal, as well as into the bloodstream or diffusely into the adjacent nervous tissue. (wikipedia.org)
  • Here in light blue will be the target cell membrane seeing a corresponding amount of activity from the axon terminal that it's synapsing with. (khanacademy.org)
  • Chemical synapses are more complex, because the presynaptic and postsynaptic cells are physically separated by a minute gap (the synaptic cleft ), which prevents simple electrical transmission of the action potential to the postsynaptic cell. (encyclopedia.com)
  • Figure 1: Signal transmission at the neuromuscular junction (the synapse). (nature.com)
  • There are three major structural components that define the synapse: the presynaptic bouton (also known as presynaptic terminal), postsynaptic junction (also known as postsynaptic terminal) and the synaptic cleft. (els.net)
  • The synapse , then, is not a thing, but simply a junction between two neurones. (dictionary.com)
  • That junction is known as a synapse. (livescience.com)
  • Understanding the detailed workings of a synapse -- the junction between neurons that govern how these cells communicate with each other -- is vital for modeling brain networks and understanding how diseases as diverse as depression, Alzheimer's or schizophrenia may affect brain function, according to the researchers. (eurekalert.org)
  • The conversion of CaPARs [Ca-permeable AMPA receptors] into Ca2+-impermeable receptors at Bergmann glial cells, by transfection with the GluR2 subunit, results in the retraction of glial processes that ensheath synapses and multiple innervations of Purkinje cells by climbing fibers. (scienceblogs.com)
  • In this study, Bear's team also used the phosphorylation of hippocampal glutamate receptors to show that LTP had occurred, but not its counterpart, long-term depression - another learning-induced process that involves the weakening, rather than strengthening of synapses. (the-scientist.com)
  • Thus, glutamate receptors at hippocampal synapses are not generally saturated by quantal release. (pnas.org)
  • We find that this variability must arise presynaptically and conclude that glutamate receptors at hippocampal synapses are, therefore, not saturated. (pnas.org)
  • The diffusion memristor is helping the drift-type memristor behave similarly to a real synapse," Yang said. (livescience.com)
  • F ) Microgaph of a neural synapse. (jci.org)
  • The student reviews information on the neural synapse. (merlot.org)
  • The presentation of Physiological Events at the Neural Synapse by Barbara Lang was a brief and clear presentation of material that may be useful for nursing students. (merlot.org)
  • However, the key feature of all chemical synapses is the presence of small, membrane-bounded organelles called synaptic vesicles within the presynaptic terminal . (nih.gov)
  • however, loss of two proteins nearly abolished synapsis entirely. (nature.com)
  • These proteins are also required during synaptogenesis to ensure that the synapse forms properly. (els.net)
  • These include but are not limited to axo-axonic, dendro-dendritic , axo-secretory, somato-dendritic, dendro-somatic, and somato-somatic synapses. (wikipedia.org)
  • Using loose-patch recording of synaptic terminals ( 10 ), local stimulation of glutamate release ( 11 ), and calcium imaging of individual dendritic spines ( 13 ), responses of AMPARs at single synapses to a single quantum of glutamate in hippocampal cultures were shown to be highly variable. (pnas.org)
  • Estimates for adults vary from 10 15 to 5 × 10 15 (1-5 quadrillion) synapses. (mcgill.ca)
  • Previous research has suggested that the human brain has about 100 billion neurons and approximately 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) synapses. (livescience.com)
  • Maybe, the founders of Annexon Biosciences think, you can fight Alzheimer's by stopping the immune system from removing synapses that we need for normal neuronal functioning. (forbes.com)
  • Overall, this study supports the idea that sleep may universally weaken synapses that are strengthened from learning, allowing for new learning to occur after waking. (eurekalert.org)
  • Study reveals how, when a synapse strengthens, its neighbors weaken. (constantcontact.com)
  • In a new study in Science, researchers at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT demonstrate for the first time how this balance is struck: when one connection, called a synapse, strengthens, immediately neighboring synapses weaken based on the action of a crucial protein called Arc. (constantcontact.com)
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  • 2 have implicated the products of 185 genes in various synaptic functions, including exocytosis, endocytosis, formation of the active and peri-active zones, vesicle transport and neuropeptide modulation at the synapse. (nature.com)
  • Because of the complexity of receptor signal transduction , chemical synapses can have complex effects on the postsynaptic cell. (wikipedia.org)
  • Transmission at chemical synapses is based on the elaborate sequence of events depicted in Figure 5.3 . (nih.gov)
  • Sequence of events involved in transmission at a typical chemical synapse. (nih.gov)
  • Without a qualifier, however, 'synapse' commonly refers to a chemical synapse. (mcgill.ca)
  • Chemical synapses pass information directionally from a presynaptic cell to a postsynaptic cell and are therefore asymmetric in structure and function. (mcgill.ca)
  • The functioning brain receives thousands of chemical and electrical signals at the synapse, the area of connection between neurons," Tian said. (ucdavis.edu)
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  • Synapses are essential to neuronal function: neurons are cells that are specialized to pass signals to individual target cells, and synapses are the means by which they do so. (wikipedia.org)
  • As we age, the problem is that C1q accumulates on synapses and removes ones we need for normal neuronal function, says Annexon CEO Doug Love . (forbes.com)
  • The initial phase of the SyNAPSE program developed nanometer scale electronic synaptic components capable of adapting the connection strength between two neurons in a manner analogous to that seen in biological systems (Hebbian learning), and simulated the utility of these synaptic components in core microcircuits that support the overall system architecture. (wikipedia.org)
  • Recently, using various techniques to monitor synaptic responses at single synapses, several laboratories have confirmed that mEPSC amplitudes mediated by both AMPA and NMDARs are, indeed, highly variable, even at single synapses ( 9 - 13 ). (pnas.org)
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  • Such artificial brains would be used in robots whose intelligence would scale with the size of the neural system in terms of total number of neurons and synapses and their connectivity. (wikipedia.org)
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  • Now researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have found a new way in which synapses organization is controlled, which could eventually lead to better treatments for neurological diseases. (newswise.com)
  • Researchers who study how synapses grow and are lost have long focused on a molecule called PSD-95, which helps create and maintain the scaffolding around which a synapse is built. (newswise.com)
  • Through high-powered microscopy and biochemical analyses, the researchers discovered that a protein called ephrin-B3, which sits at membrane of neuronal synapses near clusters of PSD-95. (newswise.com)
  • Consistent with previous studies in the cortex, the researchers observed that synapses were larger, and therefore stronger, after the mice were awake for six to seven hours compared to after they were asleep for the same amount of time. (eurekalert.org)
  • Additionally, the researchers found that the synapses were strongest when the mice were forced to stay awake and interact with new stimuli, compared to mice that stayed awake on their own. (eurekalert.org)
  • This article is about synapses of the nervous system. (wikipedia.org)
  • Cell-cell communication systems in the immune and nervous systems share several features, which has led to the adoption of the common term "synapse" to describe the close cell-cell contacts in each. (jci.org)
  • One way to define this term is that it refers to changes in synapses and/or other parts of neurons that affect how information is processed and transmitted in the nervous system. (khanacademy.org)
  • The main advantage of an electrical synapse is the rapid transfer of signals from one cell to the next. (wikipedia.org)
  • The upshot of this memory effect is that the NOMFET behaves in a similar way to the manner of an organic synapse as it transmits a signal between neurons-it can modify its reaction to incoming signals based on events that happened before, or on the nature of the signal it's dealing with at that moment. (fastcompany.com)
  • The exciting thing is that the signals that a cell receives from, say, ten simultaneously active synapses can be greater than the sum of the signals from the ten individual synapses," says Volker Scheuss, summarizing the basis of his recently published study. (innovations-report.com)
  • This is the first anatomical explanation for the disproportionate strength of clustered synapse signals in comparison to the individual signals - a finding known from activity measurements. (innovations-report.com)
  • Maybe his secretary's two neurones would fail to synapse this morning, and she'd lose them altogether. (dictionary.com)
  • But these memristors are based on physical processes very different from those in biological synapses, which limits their fidelity and the variety of possible synaptic functions, Yang said. (livescience.com)