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Transcellular Nanoalignment of Synaptic Function

Transcellular Nanoalignment of Synaptic Function
Pascal S. Kaeser, Thomas A. Blanpied, Thomas Biederer

At each of the brain's vast number of synapses, the presynaptic nerve terminal, synaptic cleft, and postsynaptic specialization form a transcellular unit to enable efficient transmission of information between neurons. While we know much about the molecular machinery within each compartment, we are only beginning to understand how these compartments are structurally registered and functionally integrated with one another. This review will describe the organization of each compartment and then discuss their alignment across pre- and postsynaptic cells at a nanometer scale. We propose that this architecture may allow for precise synaptic information exchange and may be modulated to contribute to the remarkable plasticity of brain function.

Publisher URL: http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(17)30935-2

DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.10.006

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