Subthreshold synaptic ca2+signalling in fine dendrites and spines of cerebellar Purkinje neurons

Jens Eilers, George J. Augustine, Arthur Konnerth

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Abstract

THE conventional view of synaptic integration is that it results from the simple summation of electrical signals produced by each active synapse innervating a given neuron1. However, because synaptic action can go beyond the production of postsynaptic electrical signals, to include intracellular biochemical events such as the generation of second messengers, it is possible that synaptic inte-gration could occur at another level2. We have considered this possibility by examining changes in the dendritic concentration of the second messenger, calcium, resulting from subthreshold excitatory synaptic activity in cerebellar Purkinje neurons. We report here clear evidence that such non-electrical synaptic integration occurs and that it takes place in restricted dendritic compartments consisting of spines and adjacent fine dendrites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalNature
Volume373
Issue number6510
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

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