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Synapses, Muscular Dystrophy and Schizophrenia

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Air date: Monday, January 8, 2018, 12:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 288, (39 Live, 249 On-demand)
Category: Neuroscience
Runtime: 00:59:03
Description: NIH Neuroscience Series Seminar

The brain contains billions of nerve cells, or neurons, which receive and integrate signals from the environment, and which govern the body's responses. Nervous system activity is made possible by synapses, contacts formed either between neurons or between a neuron and a target cell. Synapses are asymmetric structures in which neurotransmitter molecules are released from the presynaptic membrane and activate receptors on the postsynaptic membrane, thus establishing neuronal communication. As such, synapses are fundamental units of neural circuitry and enable complex behaviors. Research in Dr. Mei’s lab has focused on mechanisms of synapse formation, neurotransmission, and synaptic plasticity. Their studies contribute to a better understanding of these processes and development of potential therapeutic strategies for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and depression and neurological disorders such as muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, and epilepsy

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NLM Title: Synapses, muscular dystrophy and schizophrenia / Lin Mei.
Author: Mei, Lin.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.),
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Abstract: (CIT): NIH Neuroscience Series Seminar. The brain contains billions of nerve cells, or neurons, which receive and integrate signals from the environment, and which govern the body's responses. Nervous system activity is made possible by synapses, contacts formed either between neurons or between a neuron and a target cell. Synapses are asymmetric structures in which neurotransmitter molecules are released from the presynaptic membrane and activate receptors on the postsynaptic membrane, thus establishing neuronal communication. As such, synapses are fundamental units of neural circuitry and enable complex behaviors. Research in Dr. Mei's lab has focused on mechanisms of synapse formation, neurotransmission, and synaptic plasticity. Their studies contribute to a better understanding of these processes and development of potential therapeutic strategies for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and depression and neurological disorders such as muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, and epilepsy
Subjects: Muscular Dystrophies--physiopathology
Schizophrenia--physiopathology
Synapses--physiology
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NLM Classification: WL 102.8
NLM ID: 101720645
CIT Live ID: 24869
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