"Presynaptic silence" may be golden.

@article{Voronin2003PresynapticSM,
  title={"Presynaptic silence" may be golden.},
  author={Leon L. Voronin and Enrico Cherubini},
  journal={Neuropharmacology},
  year={2003},
  volume={45 4},
  pages={439-49}
}
Conversion of "silent" synapses into active ones is a likely mechanism for long-term potentiation (LTP), an experimental paradigm for studying information storage. A widely accepted mechanism that has been suggested for synaptic silence is that functional AMPA glutamate receptors (AMPARs) are absent on the subsynaptic membrane. Evidence is presented here that in many cases the cause of apparent "silence" is presynaptic and due to a low level of glutamate release. Increased transmitter release… CONTINUE READING