Spine motility

Definition

Spine motility is the biological process by which a neuron’s dendritic spines – the specialized protrusions that are the sites of excitatory synaptic input – alter their morphology, appear or disappear. Spine motility is regulated by numerous factors and is thought to require remodelling of the actin cytoskeleton.

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    • Bill Cannon
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