Synaptic glue

Research report (imported) 2010 - Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology

Authors
Stein, Valentin
Departments
Forschungsgruppe Synaptische Rezeptoren (Stein)
Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie, Martinsried
Summary
Synapses are the contact points between nerve cells. The word synapse originates from the Greek words syn (together) and haptein (touch). It is easy to imagine that special molecules exist not only to keep these contacts in place but also for the development of synapses. In the recent years various proteins, also called adhesion molecules, have been identified. SynCAM1, one of these proteins, has now been studied in more detail.

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