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Hebb's rule (1949) states that learning and memory are based on modifications of synaptic strength among neurons that are simultaneously active. This implies that enhanced synaptic coincidence detection would lead to better learning and memory. If the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor, a synaptic coincidence detector, acts as a graded switch for memory(More)
Postsynaptic differentiation during glutamatergic synapse formation is poorly understood. Using a novel biophysical approach, we have investigated the distribution and density of functional glutamate receptors and characterized their clustering during synaptogenesis in cultured hippocampal neurons. We found that functional(More)
Metabotropic glutamate receptors have been implicated in modulation of synaptic transmission in many different systems. This study reports the effects of selective activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors on synaptic transmission in intracellularly recorded locus coeruleus neurons in brain slice preparations. Perfusion of either(More)
Synaptic activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) in the locus coeruleus (LC) was investigated in adult rat brain slice preparations. Evoked excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) resulting from stimulation of LC afferents were measured with current clamp from intracellularly recorded LC neurons. In this preparation, mGluR agonists(More)
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