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Spontaneous activity shapes neuron development

A process previously thought to be mere background noise in the brain has been found to shape the growth of neurons as the brain develops

Dendrite Tree
This is a growing branches into a dendrite.
Credit: , , King’s College London


Source

Andreae, L. and Burrone, J. ‘Spontaneous Neurotransmitter Release Shapes Dendritic Arbors via Long-Range Activation of NMDA Receptors‘ is published in Cell Reports. DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.01.032

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