BSA Distinguished Lecture

"Molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release"

Presented by Axel T. Brunger, HHMI & Stanford University

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium

The central nervous system relies on electrical signals traveling along neurons at high speeds. Signals are also transmitted between two neurons, or from a neuron to a muscle fiber through synaptic junctions. Synaptic transmission relies on the release of neurotransmitter molecules into the synaptic cleft. This release in turn depends on a process called membrane fusion to ensure that the neurotransmitter molecules that are contained in synaptic vesicles are released into the synaptic cleft as quickly as possible. Membrane fusion is an important process in many areas of biology, including intracellular transport and hormone release, but it occurs much faster (< 1 millisecond) for synaptic vesicle fusion than for these other processes. Moreover, it is precisely calcium regulated. Recent structural and biophysical studies of the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release will be presented.

Hosted by: Peter Wanderer

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