Novel model for the mechanisms of glutamate-dependent excitotoxicity: role of neuronal gap junctions.

@article{Belousov2012NovelMF,
  title={Novel model for the mechanisms of glutamate-dependent excitotoxicity: role of neuronal gap junctions.},
  author={Andrei B. Belousov},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2012},
  volume={1487},
  pages={123-30}
}
In the mammalian central nervous system (CNS), coupling of neurons by gap junctions (electrical synapses) increases during early post-natal development, then decreases, but increases in the mature CNS following neuronal injury, such as ischemia, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. Glutamate-dependent neuronal death also occurs in the CNS during development and neuronal injury, i.e., at the time when neuronal gap junction coupling is increased. Here, we review our recent studies on the… CONTINUE READING