January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1772
Reference Entry
A definition of the term "presynaptic" is presented. It refers to the point of contact located before the nerve synapse.


Related Articles

  • postsynaptic.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1742 

    A definition of the term "postsynaptic" is presented. It refers to the point of contact of nerves and is located distal to a synapse.

  • Distribution of plasma membrane-associated syntaxins 1 through 4 indicates distinct trafficking functions in the synaptic layers of the mouse retina. Sherry, David M.; Mitchell, Robert; Standifer, Kelly M.; du Plessis, Brad // BMC Neuroscience;2006, Vol. 7, p54 

    Background: Syntaxins 1 through 4 are SNAP receptor (SNARE) proteins that mediate vesicular trafficking to the plasma membrane. In retina, syntaxins 1 and 3 are expressed at conventional and ribbon synapses, respectively, suggesting that synaptic trafficking functions differ among syntaxin...

  • A Phenomenological Theory of Spatially Structured Local Synaptic Connectivity. Amirikian, Bagrat; Friston, Karl J. // PLoS Computational Biology;Jun2005, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p74 

    The structure of local synaptic circuits is the key to understanding cortical function and how neuronal functional modules such as cortical columns are formed. The central problem in deciphering cortical microcircuits is the quantification of synaptic connectivity between neuron pairs. I present...

  • Your Synapse or Mine? Promiscuous Protein Exchanges between Neighboring Synapses. Chanut, Françoise // PLoS Biology;Sep2006, Vol. 4 Issue 9, p1478 

    The article focuses on the protein exchanges between neighboring synapses. Synapses are specialized devices that transfer electrical impulses between neurons. The authors have tagged the Synaptic I and ProSAP2 synaptic proteins with fluorescent dyes and photoactivated these proteins over small...

  • Glutamate receptor dynamics organizing synapse formation in vivo. Rasse, Tobias M.; Fouquet, Wernher; Schmid, Andreas; Kittel, Robert J.; Mertel, Sara; Sigrist, Carola B.; Schmidt, Manuela; Guzman, Asja; Merino, Carlos; Gang Qin; Quentin, Christine; Madeo, Frank F.; Heckmann, Manfred; Sigrist, Stephan J. // Nature Neuroscience;Jul2005, Vol. 8 Issue 7, p898 

    Insight into how glutamatergic synapses form in vivo is important for understanding developmental and experience-triggered changes of excitatory circuits. Here, we imaged postsynaptic densities (PSDs) expressing a functional, GFP-tagged glutamate receptor subunit (GluR-IIAGFP) at neuromuscular...

  • Dynamic mobility of functional GABAA receptors at inhibitory synapses. Thomas, Philip; Mortensen, Martin; Hosie, Alastair M.; Smart, Trevor G. // Nature Neuroscience;Jul2005, Vol. 8 Issue 7, p889 

    Importing functional GABAA receptors into synapses is fundamental for establishing and maintaining inhibitory transmission and for controlling neuronal excitability. By introducing a binding site for an irreversible inhibitor into the GABAA receptor a1 subunit channel lining region that can be...

  • Postsynaptic depolarization requirements for LTP and LTD: a critique of spike timing-dependent plasticity. Lisman, John; Spruston, Nelson // Nature Neuroscience;Jul2005, Vol. 8 Issue 7, p839 

    The article discusses issues related to requirement of postsynaptic depolarization in long-term potentiation and long-term depression. The discovery that fast sodium ion-medicated action potentials are initiated in the axon and propagate into the dendrites of hippocampal and cortical pyramidal...

  • Binary Willshaw learning yields high synaptic capacity for long-term familiarity memory. Sacramento, Jo�o; Wichert, Andreas // Biological Cybernetics;Feb2012, Vol. 106 Issue 2, p123 

    In this study, we investigate from a computational perspective the efficiency of the Willshaw synaptic update rule in the context of familiarity discrimination, a binary-answer, memory-related task that has been linked through psychophysical experiments with modified neural activity patterns in...

  • syn·apse.  // American Heritage Student Science Dictionary;2009, p334 

    A definition of the term "synapse" is presented. It refers to the gap across which a nerve impulse passes from one nerve cell to another nerve cell, a muscle cell, or a gland cell.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics