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    1. Neuroscience

    Synapse maintenance and restoration in the retina by NGL2

    Florentina Soto et al.
    Single cell knockout and overexpression reveal that the synaptic cell adhesion molecule NGL2 maintains synapses and axons, and can restore lost connections in the developing and mature retina.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Clarinet (CLA-1), a novel active zone protein required for synaptic vesicle clustering and release

    Zhao Xuan et al.
    Clarinet, a novel C. elegans active zone protein with homology to vertebrate Piccolo and Rim, uses its different isoforms for diverse functions, including synaptic vesicle clustering, vesicle release and synaptogenesis.
    1. Neuroscience

    Ephrin-B3 controls excitatory synapse density through cell-cell competition for EphBs

    Nathan T Henderson et al.
    Competition between neurons for postsynaptic ephrin-B3 controls distribution of a limited pool of synapses and defines a novel trans-synaptic mechanism enabling neurons to set the number of synapses they receive.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    An alternative splicing switch shapes neurexin repertoires in principal neurons versus interneurons in the mouse hippocampus

    Thi-Minh Nguyen et al.
    Interneuron-specific alternative splice variants of the synaptic receptor neurexin are critical for hippocampal network activity and short-term memory.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Site-directed MT1-MMP trafficking and surface insertion regulate AChR clustering and remodeling at developing NMJs

    Zora Chui-Kuen Chan et al.
    Postsynaptic MT1-MMP serves as a molecular switch to synaptogenesis by clearing the surrounding ECM environment that allows effective deposition of nerve-derived synaptogenic factors to induce postsynaptic differentiation at developing NMJs.
    1. Neuroscience

    A genetic basis for molecular asymmetry at vertebrate electrical synapses

    Adam C Miller et al.
    Electrical synapses are neuronal, gap-junction-based connections found throughout the nervous system that, in the escape circuit of zebrafish, are composed of molecularly distinct pre- and postsynaptic junction forming proteins that are required for behavioral performance.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Identification of a molecular basis for the juvenile sleep state

    Leela Chakravarti Dilley et al.
    Pdm3, a transcription factor, coordinates an early developmental program that prepares the brain to later execute high levels of juvenile adult sleep.
    1. Neuroscience

    Rap2 and TNIK control Plexin-dependent tiled synaptic innervation in C. elegans

    Xi Chen et al.
    Plexin controls the spatial distribution of synapses by locally inhibiting Rap2 small GTPase activity along the axon, and a Rap2 effector, TNIK, which also plays a key role in inhibiting synapse number.
    1. Cell Biology

    A microRNA negative feedback loop downregulates vesicle transport and inhibits fear memory

    Rebecca S Mathew et al.
    A fear conditioning-induced miRNA acts in a negative feedback loop that targets vesicle exocytosis and neurotransmitter receptor trafficking, and inhibits memory formation.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Age-dependent electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns during sevoflurane general anesthesia in infants

    Laura Cornelissen et al.
    Alpha EEG oscillations emerge at 4 months of age during sevoflurane general anesthesia, and unlike in adults, have a widespread spatial distribution that likely reflects differences in brain development.