Unusual Specializations at Synapses with Comments on Functional Aspects

  • Victoria Chan-Palay


The present chapter will consider a number of cytological observations on certain unusual features which occur with some regularity at synapses in the dentate nucleus of the rhesus monkey and the rat. The fine structural features of these unusual specializations will be examined in detail, and wherever possible correlations will be made regarding their possible function. The reason for pursuing these topics is that which underlies the writing of this comprehensive volume—the desire to provide thorough treatment of significant subjects whether they be of a cytological, experimental, pharmacological, or physiological nature. Thus, this chapter is conveniently placed after the chapters on cytomorphometry, Golgi studies, electron microscopy, and before those on experiments with tracing of afferents and efferents, and experiments on biogenic amine and nonamine transmitters.


Synaptic Vesicle Axon Terminal Dentate Nucleus Postsynaptic Membrane Presynaptic Membrane 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria Chan-Palay
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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