3 Jun 2017 - 06:30
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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3 Jun 2017 - 06:30
Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurological illness that affects approximately 10 million people worldwide. It is marked by a progressive decline in physical function, the most iconic being...
Type: Press release
8 Apr 2016 - 14:16
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 - 13:58
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 - 13:54
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 - 13:42
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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Calcium Channel Clusters on Presynaptic Membrane
19 Dec 2014 - 02:00
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 - 02:00
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
Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi
19 Dec 2014 - 02:00
Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi leads the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit at OIST.
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Perimeter Release Model
19 Dec 2014 - 02:00
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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31 Jan 2014 - 16:49
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 - 18:56
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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