S. Ritzenthaler

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Precise synaptogenesis is crucial to brain development, and depends on the ability of specific partner cells to locate and communicate with one another. Dynamic properties of axonal filopodia during synaptic targeting are well documented, but the cytomorphological dynamics of postsynaptic cells have received less attention. In Drosophila embryos, muscle(More)
Synaptic partner cells recognize one another by utilizing a variety of molecular cues. Prior to neuromuscular synapse formation, Drosophila embryonic muscles extend dynamic actin-based filopodia called "myopodia." In wild-type animals, myopodia are initially extended randomly from the muscle surface but become gradually restricted to the site of motoneuron(More)
The intricate process of wiring a neuronetwork requires a high degree of accuracy in the communication between pre- and post-synaptic cells. While presynaptic cells have been widely recognized for their dynamic role in synaptic matchmaking, post-synaptic cells have historically been overlooked as passive targets. Recent studies in the Drosophila embryonic(More)
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