Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Molecular Neuroscience

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_718


Molecular Neuroscience (MN) is the systematic and scientific study of specific molecules and their effects or significance within regulating functional circuitry in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) or central nervous system (CNS)(Kandel, 2000). Methodologically, MN aims at identifying the physiological role of one variable, one molecule, in a particular assay, most commonly by expressing or silencing a particular gene or protein. MN is different from (general) neuroscience by focusing on molecular aspects of scientific questions even though the general goals of analyzing complex phenotypes are the same. Although the term “molecular” is not specifically limited to one class of molecules, most frequently, recombinant DNA technology is used to specifically probe the effects of regulating its expression and monitoring a specific readout.



Molecular Neuroscience identifies itself as a science by strictly relating to empirical methods for generating...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeuropathologyHeinrich Heine University of DüssseldorfDüssseldorfGermany