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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2018 Feb;48:97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2017.11.005. Epub 2017 Dec 1.

Building stereotypic connectivity: mechanistic insights into structural plasticity from C. elegans.

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1
Section of Neurobiology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA. Electronic address: yijin@ucsd.edu.
2
Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Organ Development and Regeneration, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036, China. Electronic address: ybq@hznu.edu.cn.

Abstract

The ability of neurons to modify or remodel their synaptic connectivity is critical for the function of neural circuitry throughout the life of an animal. Understanding the mechanisms underlying neuronal structural changes is central to our knowledge of how the nervous system is shaped for complex behaviors and how it further adapts to developmental and environmental demands. Caenorhabditis elegans provides a powerful model for examining developmental processes and for discovering mechanisms controlling neural plasticity. Recent findings have identified conserved themes underlying neural plasticity in development and under environmental stress.

PMID:
29182952
PMCID:
PMC5825255
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2017.11.005
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