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Presynaptic regulatory mechanism in neuronal communication and its postnatal development

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By introducing molecular tools and manipulations to giant presynaptic terminals and glia, visualized in slices and cultures, we investigate dynamic changes of electrical/Ca signals and movements of intracellular organella in association with neuronal activity, thereby clarifying how presynaptic molecules regulate transmitter release, and how they are involved in developmental and activity-dependent changes of synaptic function. Through this study, we aim at providing a novel basic insight into the molecular mechanism underlying neuronal communication, thereby contributing to clinical studies pursuing new treatments for neuronal diseases.

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Professor, Doshisha University
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Elucidation of the Principles of Formation and Function of the Brain Neural Network and Creation of Control Technologies
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