3 Jun 2017
From left to right, Dr. Kohgaku Eguchi, Dr. Zacharie Taoufiq, and Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi.
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3 Jun 2017
The vesicles are represented by blue and white circles at the top left. The white circles are empty and the blue ones contain a neurotransmitter. “Full” vesicles move toward the membrane of the nerve...
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8 Apr 2016
How does memory occur? And what about movement, or thinking? One key element to understand all these brain functions are the synapses. A synapse is the contact point between two neurons, where a...
Type: News Article
The OIST authors of the scientific paper
8 Apr 2016
Members of the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit. From the left: Dr Hiroshi Takagi, Dr Kohgaku Eguchi, Dr Dimitar Dimitrov, Prof...
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Dr Dimitar Dimitrov making a giant synapse preparation
8 Apr 2016
A culture preparation starts with the collection of specific parts of mice brain. The tissues are broken down into in single cells. These cells are put in a dish with the appropriate culture medium....
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Synaptic transmission
8 Apr 2016
On the left, a neuronal synapse at rest: synaptic vesicles are ready to release chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. On the right: An electrical signal arrives at a terminal of one neuron...
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Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi
19 Dec 2014
Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi leads the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit at OIST.
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Perimeter Release Model
19 Dec 2014
This diagram shows the new model that Professor Takahashi and his collaborators have proposed. Circles are vesicles filled with blue neurotransmitters, and the smaller grey circles are voltage-gated...
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Calcium Channel Clusters on Presynaptic Membrane
19 Dec 2014
This is a freeze fracture replica image showing the voltage-gated calcium channels clusters on presynaptic membrane in rats. The green circles represent channel clusters, and inside each green circle...
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19 Dec 2014
Behind all motor, sensory and memory functions, calcium ions are in the brain, making those functions possible. Yet neuroscientists do not entirely understand how fast calcium ions reach their...
Type: Press release
31 Jan 2014
The first OIST Café in Okinawa kicked off on Friday, January 24, featuring a lecture on English academic presentations by OIST English Teacher, Kevin Hunt, and a talk on science careers by Dr....
Type: News Article
29 Aug 2013
When an electrical impulse is transmitted between neurons in the brain to transfer information, a variety of molecules are involved in maintaining the signal transmission. Zacharie Taoufiq and...
Type: News Article
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