Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 326, Issue 2, pp 273–285

The genetics of synapse formation and function in Caenorhabditis elegans

Authors

  • Mark Seifert
    • Bio 3, Bioinformatics and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Freiburg
  • Enrico Schmidt
    • Bio 3, Bioinformatics and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Freiburg
    • Bio 3, Bioinformatics and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Freiburg
    • ZBSA-Freiburg Centre for Systems BiologyUniversity of Freiburg
Review

DOI: 10.1007/s00441-006-0277-2

Cite this article as:
Seifert, M., Schmidt, E. & Baumeister, R. Cell Tissue Res (2006) 326: 273. doi:10.1007/s00441-006-0277-2

Abstract

The aim of this review is to introduce the reader to Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system, especially with respect to studies of synapse formation and function. We begin by giving a short description of the structure of the nervous system of C. elegans. As most of the findings that are reviewed here have emerged from studies of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), two prominent NMJs of C. elegans will be outlined briefly. In addition, we summarize new findings that have added to our understanding of NMJs during the last few years.

Keywords

Synaptic functionNervous systemNeuromuscular junctionAxonal guidanceCaenorhabditis elegans

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