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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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(p.160) (p.161) 8 Plasticity
Dendritic Spines

Rafael Yuste

The MIT Press

The connection between spine plasticity and hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) is explored in this chapter. Data were gathered using ultrastructural and imaging studies. Findings revealed that there are changes in the spines after LTP, such as the enlargements of the spine head and the shortening of the spine neck. The chapter points out that these changes in spines can help in explaining the increased synaptic strength.

Keywords:   spines, plasticity, hippocampal long-term potentiation

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