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Dendritic Spines$
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Rafael Yuste

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013505

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013505.001.0001

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Dendritic Spines

Rafael Yuste

The MIT Press

This chapter attempted to summarize the common morphological features of spines. Data for this chapter were derived from the literature on pyramidal and Purkinje cells. It shows that spines are morphologically heterogeneous, although at the same time, they are also conspicuously small. The findings imply a functional interpretation of the spine structure, as if they were made to optimize input integration.

Keywords:   spines, pyramidal, Purkinje cells, spine structure

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