Min-Xu Li

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We have studied developmental activity-dependent synapse diminution in both an in vitro tissue culture chamber system and at the intact rodent neuromuscular junction (nmj). In both types of preparations, pre- and postsynaptic alterations in synapse structure and function are produced by manipulations of thrombin (Thr) and protein kinase C (PKC) activity. An(More)
We have used a three compartment tissue culture system that involved two separate populations of cholinergic neurons in the side compartments that converged on a common target population of myotubes in the center compartment. Activation of the axons from one population of neurons produced selective down-regulation of the synaptic inputs from the other(More)
Electrical activity during early development affects the development and maintenance of synapses (Spitzer [2006]: Nature 4447:707-712), but the intercellular signals regulating maintenance of synapses are not well identified. At the neuromuscular junction, adenosine 5-triphosphate (ATP) is coreleased with acetylcholine at activated nerve terminals to(More)
The Hebb synapse, in which the strength of synapses is affected by activity in presynaptic and postsynaptic nerve cells, is a widely used model for developmental and learning-related neuroplasticity. Presynaptic and postsynaptic firing that is correlated in time is postulated to increase synaptic strength while activity in presynaptic and postsynaptic(More)
PKC plays a critical role in competitive activity-dependent synapse modification at the neuromuscular synapse in vitro and in vivo. This action involves a reduction of the strength of inactive inputs to muscle cells that are activated by other inputs. A decrease of postsynaptic responsiveness and a loss of postsynaptic acetyl choline receptors account for(More)
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