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Curr Biol. 2009 Jan 27;19(2):R64-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.11.042.

Neuronal homeostasis: does form follow function or vice versa?

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The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida, St. Augustine, FL 32080, USA. bucher@whitney.ufl.edu

Abstract

Nerve cells adjust their electrical excitability and the overall strength of synaptic connections to maintain their functional identity. A recent study suggests that they may also regulate dendritic branch patterns to compensate for the variability of synaptic contacts and help ensure appropriate connectivity in the brain.

PMID:
19174140
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2008.11.042
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