Author(s): Fukazawa Y, Shigemoto R
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Abstract To gain insights into structure-function relationship of excitatory synapses, we revisit our quantitative analysis of synaptic AMPAR by highly sensitive freeze-fracture replica labeling in eight different connections. All of these connections showed linear correlation between synapse size and AMPAR number indicating a common intra-synapse-type relationship in CNS synapses. On the contrary, inter-synapse-type relationship is unexpected indicating no correlation between averages of synapse size and AMPAR number. Interestingly, connections with large average synapse size and low AMPAR density showed high variability of AMPAR number and mosaic distribution within the postsynaptic membrane. We propose an idea that these connections may quickly exhibit synaptic plasticity by modifying AMPAR density/number whereas those with high AMPAR density change their efficacy by modifying synapse size. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Curr Opin Neurobiol
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology