Venue: Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Date: Thursday 2 February 2012
Time: 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Summary: The neuronal polarity plays a critical role in the development of the brain. The cytoskeleton and vesicular trafficking play both a structural and dynamic role in synaptic function. The actin microfilaments are critical for neurite growth and neurotransmitter release. The microtubules have a more structural role but also serve as track for the traffic of anterograde and retrograde cargoes. Both actin and microtubules therefore underpin neuronal survival, polarity and neurotransmitter release throughout life.
This satellite explores the latest advances in our understanding of neuronal polarity and in particular how cytoskeletal elements and trafficking fulfils these critical functions and how age-related defects in their regulation have dramatic consequences that lead to synapse elimination and/or neuronal degeneration.
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