Synaptic plasticity

Synaptic plasticity is the biological process by which specific patterns of synaptic activity result in changes in synaptic strength and is thought to contribute to learning and memory. Both pre-synaptic and post-synaptic mechanisms can contribute to the expression of synaptic plasticity.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Repetitive sensory input induces long-term potentiation of pyramidal cell synapses in mouse somatosensory cortex by activation of higher-order thalamic projections and disinhibition of local interneurons.

    • Sian Lewis
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    Mice receiving autoantibodies against the GluA2 AMPA receptor subunit from individuals with autoimmune encephalitis exhibit changes in AMPA receptor subunit composition and impaired synaptic plasticity and memory.

    • Darran Yates
  • News and Views |

    Protein kinases are key regulators of excitatory synapse plasticity. In this issue, using novel optical reporters of protein kinase C (PKC) activity, Colgan et al. identify PKCα as critical for integrating NMDA receptor and neurotrophin signaling to control dendritic spine structural plasticity, synaptic potentiation, and learning and memory.

    • Mark L. Dell’Acqua
    •  & Kevin M. Woolfrey
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 1021-1022