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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2014 Nov;15(11):703-18.

Neuromuscular synaptogenesis: coordinating partners with multiple functions.


The formation of highly efficient and reliable synapses at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) relies on dynamic molecular interactions. Studies of the development and maturation of the NMJ have focused on events that are dependent on synaptic activity and that require the coordinated actions of nerve- and muscle-derived molecules with different targets and effects. More recently, perisynaptic Schwann cells--the glial cells at NMJs--have become an important focus of research. These glia concomitantly contribute to pre- and postsynaptic maturation while undergoing maturation themselves. Thus, an intricate 'danse à trois’'regulates the maturation of the NMJ to form a highly efficient communication unit, in which fine glial processes lie in close proximity to a highly concentrated population of postsynaptic receptors and perfectly aligned presynaptic release sites.

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