Regulatory mechanisms that govern nicotinic synapse formation in neurons.


Journal Article (Review)

Individual cholinoceptive neurons express high levels of different neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtypes, and target them to the appropriate synaptic regions for proper function. This review focuses on the intercellular and intracellular processes that regulate nAChR expression in vertebrate peripheral nervous system (PNS) and central nervous system (CNS) neurons. Specifically, we discuss the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the induction and maintenance of nAChR expression-innervation, target tissue interactions, soluble factors, and activity. We define the regulatory principles of interneuronal nicotinic synapse differentiation that have emerged from these studies. We also discuss the molecular players that target nAChRs to the surface membrane and the interneuronal synapse.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenberg, MM; Blitzblau, RC; Olsen, DP; Jacob, MH

Published Date

  • December 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 542 - 555

PubMed ID

  • 12436419

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12436419

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3034

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/neu.10112


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States