About this Research Topic
Synapses mediate the transfer of information between neurons and their function is critical for normal brain activity. Given this central role, it is unsurprising that synaptic dysfunction is common in diseases of the brain. However, studying synaptic structure, composition and function can be difficult due to their size and number. Advances in elctrophysiological techniques allow neurons to be analysed at a network level, providing insight into their synaptic connectivity and synchronous activity. New high-resolution imaging approaches have enabled researchers to study individual synapses at nanometre resolution, providing important detail at an anatomical and molecular level. Furthermore, large omics approaches are revealing synaptic composition in ever more detail. Taking advantage of these new tools and techniques in the field of ALS/FTD will begin to unlock the early mechanisms of synaptic pathology.
This Research Topic aims to summarise the current knowledge of synaptic change in ALS/FTD and highlight new discoveries and technologies for studying synaptic pathology.
We would welcome original research, reviews, and technical articles on any aspect of synapse biology in ALS/FTD, focusing on the following three key themes:
1 – Synaptic dysfunction in ALS/FTD
2 – Molecular or anatomical changes in ALS/FTD synapses
3 – New techniques for studying synaptic form or function
Synaptic pathology can result from autonomous or non-autonomous influences and we would also welcome submissions that address this point.
Keywords: Communication Breakdown: Synaptic pathology in ALS/FTD
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