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Dendritic Spines

Rafael Yuste


Most neurons in the brain are covered by dendritic spines, small protrusions that arise from dendrites, covering them like leaves on a tree. But a hundred and twenty years after spines were first described by Ramón y Cajal, their function is still unclear. Dozens of different functions have been proposed, from Cajal's idea that they enhance neuronal interconnectivity to hypotheses that spines serve as plasticity machines, neuroprotective devices, or even digital logic elements. This book attempts to solve the “spine problem,” searching for the fundamental function of spines. The text does this ... More

Keywords: neurons, brain, dendritic spines, small protrusions, dendrites, Ramón y Cajal, neuronal interconnectivity, plasticity machines, neuroprotective devices, digital logic elements

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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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Rafael Yuste, author

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