Minding the Gap: International Team Defines the Spaces Through Which Nerve Cells Communicate

Previous Article Next Article NIH-funded research leads to visualization of the synaptic cleft, the space between neuronal contacts, at high resolution and finds cloud-like formations Add to Favorites Contact Information <!– –>Available for logged-in reporters only<!– –> Citations P30NS047243; F31MH105105; R01MH080046; R01 DA018928 Newswise — BOSTON (Dec. 16, 2015, noon ET)— In a report published in the journal Neuron, an international team of researchers defined the makeup of the cellular structures through which nerve cells communicate with each other. These “synaptic clefts” are the small gaps between nerve cells (neurons) that relay information in the brain. Synapses, including the synaptic clefts, are formed rapidly shortly before and after birth. Mutations in the proteins that make up the cleft increase vulnerability to developmental disorders, notably autism spectrum disorders.The research team set…


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