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Researchers visualize formation of a new synapse

A protein called neuroligin that is implicated in some forms of autism is critical to the construction of a working synapse, locking neurons together like "molecular Velcro," a study lead by a team of UC Davis researchers ...

dateJun 18, 2009 in Genetics
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Capturing the birth of a synapse

Researchers have identified the locking mechanism that allows some neurons to form synapses to pass along essential information. Mutations of genes that produce a critical cell-adhesion molecule involved in the work were ...

dateMay 27, 2009 in Neuroscience
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Turn back, wayward axon

To a growing axon, the protein RGMa is a "Wrong Way" sign, alerting it to head in another direction. As Hata et al. demonstrate in the March 9, 2009 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology, translating that signal into cellular ...

dateMar 09, 2009 in Cell & Microbiology
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