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  • Hideru Togashi, Kentaro Abe, Akira Mizoguchi, Kanna Takaoka, Osamu Chisaka, Masatoshi Takeichi
  • 2002
Synaptic remodeling has been postulated as a mechanism underlying synaptic plasticity, and cadherin adhesion molecules are thought to be a regulator of such a process. We examined the effects of cadherin blockage on synaptogenesis in cultured hippocampal neurons. This blockade resulted in alterations of dendritic spine morphology, such as filopodia-like(More)
Whether the computational systems in language perception involve specific abilities in humans is debated. The vocalizations of songbirds share many features with human speech, but whether songbirds possess a similar computational ability to process auditory information as humans is unknown. We analyzed their spontaneous discrimination of auditory stimuli(More)
Morphological plasticity of dendritic spines and synapses is thought to be crucial for their physiological functions. Here we show that alpha N-catenin, a linker between cadherin adhesion receptors and the actin cytoskeleton, is essential for stabilizing dendritic spines in rodent hippocampal neurons in culture. In the absence of alpha N-catenin, spine(More)
The mobility of restriction-modification (RM) gene complexes and their association with genome rearrangements is a subject of active investigation. Here we conducted systematic genome comparisons and genome context analysis on fully sequenced prokaryotic genomes to detect RM-linked genome rearrangements. RM genes were frequently found to be linked to(More)
A synapse is the connection between neurons that joins an axon of one neuron to the dendrite of another. One class of synapses is formed at the contact point between an axon and a small protrusion from a dendrite, called a dendritic spine. These spines are motile and deformable, which indicates that synaptic functions are controlled, at least in part, by(More)
The canonical Wnt-beta-catenin signaling pathway is important for a variety of developmental phenomena as well as for carcinogenesis. Here, we show that, in hippocampal neurons, NMDA-receptor-dependent activation of calpain induced the cleavage of beta-catenin at the N terminus, generating stable, truncated forms. These beta-catenin fragments accumulated in(More)
Keratan sulfate proteoglycans (KSPGs) and chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) consist of a protein core with covalently attached glycosaminoglycan side chain. Although CSPGs are known to regulate the end of the critical period, the role of KSPGs in brain development remains unclear. Young male zebra finches memorise song templates during development.(More)
Songbirds postnatally develop their skill to utter and to perceive a vocal signal for communication. How genetic and environmental influences act in concert to regulate the development of such skill is not fully understood. Here, we report the phenotype of transgenic songbirds with altered intrinsic activity of cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB)(More)
Neurons can change their gene expression patterns according to the inputs they have received. This activity-dependent gene regulation mechanism plays an important role in the formation of neural circuits during development. Further, by regulating the synaptic plasticity, this mechanism may function as an essential one for each organism to adapt flexibly to(More)