Yoshiaki Kidokoro, Gunma University School of Medicine, Maebashi, Japan
Published online: December 2001
The synapse is a special device in the brain for transmitting signals from one neuron to another or to a muscle cell, and
is the major site for signal modification. Its elaborate structure is formed in multiple steps during development. Some of
these steps may be repeated during plastic changes in the brain, such as memory and learning.
Keywords: growth cone; transmitter receptor; acetylcholine receptor channel; agrin; plasticity
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