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
This is a growing neuron branches into a dendrite.
Credit: Laura Andreae, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London
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