Rapid and modifiable neurotransmitter receptor dynamics at a neuronal synapse in vivo

McCann, Corey M.; Tapia, Juan Carlos; Kim, Han; Coggan, Jay S.; Lichtman, Jeff W.


Synaptic plasticity underlies the adaptability of the mammalian brain, but has been difficult to study in living animals. Here we imaged the synapses between pre- and postganglionic neurons in the mouse submandibular ganglion in vivo, focusing on the mechanisms that maintain and regulate neurotransmitter receptor density at postsynaptic sites. Normally, synaptic receptor densities were maintained by rapid exchange of receptors with nonsynaptic regions (over minutes) and by continual turnover of cell surface receptors (over hours). However, after ganglion cell axons were crushed, synaptic receptors showed greater lateral mobility and there was a precipitous decline in insertion. These changes led to near-complete loss of synaptic receptors and synaptic depression. Disappearance of postsynaptic spines and presynaptic terminals followed this acute synaptic depression. Therefore, neurotransmitter receptor dynamism associated with rapid changes in synaptic efficacy precedes long-lasting structural changes in synaptic connectivity.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000257089400018 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: NATURE NEUROSCIENCE
Volumen: 11
Número: 7
Fecha de publicación: 2008
Página de inicio: 807
Página final: 815


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