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Greg Stuart, Nelson Spruston, and Michael Häusser


Dendrites form the major receiving part of neurons. It is within these highly complex, branching structures that the real work of the nervous system takes place. The dendrites of neurons receive thousands of synaptic inputs from other neurons. However, dendrites do more than simply collect and funnel these signals to the soma and axon; they shape and integrate the inputs in complex ways. Despite being discovered over a century ago, dendrites received little research attention until the early 1950s. Over the past few years there has been a dramatic explosion of interest in the function of these ... More

Keywords: dendrites, neurons, nervous system, synaptic inputs, soma, axon, neuronal function, morphology, chemical properties, computational properties

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Stuart, editor
Associate Professor and Head, Division of Neuroscience, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Nelson Spruston, editor
Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Physiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Michael Häusser, editor
Professor of Neuroscience, University College London, UK

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Chapter 1 Dendrite structure

John C. Fiala, Josef Spacek, and Kristen M. Harris

Chapter 2 Evolution and scaling of dendrites

Gayle M Wittenberg, and Samuel S.-H Wang

Chapter 3 Dendrite development

Jennifer Bestman, Jorge Santos Da Silva, and Hollis T. Cline

Chapter 11 Spine calcium signaling

Adam Carter, and Bernardo Sabatini

Chapter 13 A theoretical view of the neuron as a plastic input-output device

Ithai Rabinowitch, Michael London, and Idan Segev

Chapter 14 Dendritic integration

Nelson Spruston, Greg Stuart, and Michael Häusser

Chapter 15 Dendrites as transmitters

Troy W. Margrie, and Nathaniel Urban

Chapter 17 Short stories about small brains

Gilles Laurent, and Alexander Borst

Chapter 18 Functional plasticity at dendritic synapses

Zachary F. Mainen, and Larry F. Abbott

Chapter 19 Structural plasticity of dendrites

Anna Dunaevsky, and Catherine S. Woolley

Chapter 20 Dendrites and disease

Christophe Bernard, Mala Shah, and Daniel Johnston

Chapter 21 Conclusion

Michael Häusser, Nelson Spruston, and Greg Stuart

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