Molecular mechanisms of neuronal synapse formation
Third-party funded project
Project title Molecular mechanisms of neuronal synapse formation
Principal Investigator(s) Scheiffele, Peter
Organisation / Research unit Departement Biozentrum,
Departement Biozentrum / Cell Biology (Scheiffele)
Project start 01.08.2018
Probable end 31.07.2022
Status Active
Abstract

The assembly and function of neuronal circuits in the central nervous system requires an array of selective cell-cell interactions and the establishment of unique cell type-specific properties. Cell surface interactions and recognition events direct cell migration, targeted growth, recognition of appropriate target cells, and the differentiation of pre- and postsynaptic structures. The specific synaptic connections, the functional synaptic properties of individual connections, and the intrinsic properties of individual classes of neuronal cells are fundamental to neuronal circuit function and – ultimately – animal behavior.  The aim of our studies is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic specificity programs in the central nervous system. In particular, we are focusing on how RNA-regulatory mechanisms contribute to the spatio-temporal control of neuronal gene expression to coordinate choice of synaptic partners and acquisition of the appropriate functional properties of individual synapses and specific neuronal populations.

Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
   

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