Neural Plasticity

Dendritic Spine Plasticity and Cognition


Publishing date
01 May 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Nov 2011

1Department of Neuroscience, Western Biomedical Research Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Sierra Mojada 800 Col. Independencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44340, Mexico

2Department of Neuroscience, Geneva University Medical Center, Rue Michel-Servet 1, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland

3Institute of Biology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Leipziger Straße 44, Building 91, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany


Dendritic Spine Plasticity and Cognition

Description

Growing evidence shows that dendritic spines in the brain are implicated in the transmission and storage of cognition-related information through their functional plasticity as well as through the variety of structural modifications ranging from spine size and shape changes to spine turnover, distribution, and density. Multiple molecular and cellular events coordinate to facilitate plastic changes in dendritic spines, leading in turn to variations in the processing of learning- and memory-related information, which finally impacts the behavioral performance. The complexity of the underlying mechanisms linking spine morphophysiology and cognition-related behavioral performance still leaves more questions than answers and requires additional intensive research in this domain essential not only for understanding neurobiological bases of cognition, but also for the diverse clinical applications.

This special issue will focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie spine plasticity and relate to the cognitive performance, with an emphasis on correlative studies. Reviews that summarize the state of knowledge in the field are also welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Dendritic spines: morphology and function
  • Molecular basis of spine plasticity
  • Plasticity-related changes in spines and synapses
  • Synaptogenesis and formation of neuronal circuits
  • Hormones and dendritic spine plasticity
  • Dendritic spines, attention, learning, and memory
  • Dendritic spines and cognition: physiology and pathology
  • Synaptic plasticity and functional rehabilitation

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 875156
  • - Editorial

Dendritic Spine Plasticity and Cognition

Ignacio González Burgos | Irina Nikonenko | Volker Korz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 670821
  • - Review Article

Synaptic Functions of Invertebrate Varicosities: What Molecular Mechanisms Lie Beneath

Carlo Natale Giuseppe Giachello | Pier Giorgio Montarolo | Mirella Ghirardi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 704103
  • - Review Article

Examining Form and Function of Dendritic Spines

Kevin F. H. Lee | Cary Soares | Jean-Claude Béïque
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 728161
  • - Review Article

Kalirin, a Key Player in Synapse Formation, Is Implicated in Human Diseases

Prashant Mandela | Xin-Ming Ma
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 348642
  • - Review Article

Immune System in the Brain: A Modulatory Role on Dendritic Spine Morphophysiology?

Oscar Kurt Bitzer-Quintero | Ignacio González-Burgos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 578057
  • - Research Article

Divergent Roles of p75NTR and Trk Receptors in BDNF's Effects on Dendritic Spine Density and Morphology

Christopher A. Chapleau | Lucas Pozzo-Miller
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 309494
  • - Research Article

Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators Regulate Dendritic Spine Plasticity in the Hippocampus of Male Rats

Ignacio González-Burgos | Martha C. Rivera-Cervantes | ... | Luis Miguel Garcia-Segura
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