How do dendrites take their shape?

Nat Neurosci. 2001 Apr;4(4):359-65. doi: 10.1038/86006.


Recent technical advances have made possible the visualization and genetic manipulation of individual dendritic trees. These studies have led to the identification and characterization of molecules that are important for different aspects of dendritic development. Although much remains to be learned, the existing knowledge has allowed us to take initial steps toward a comprehensive understanding of how complex dendritic trees are built. In this review, we describe recent advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying dendritic morphogenesis, and discuss their cell-biological implications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism
  • Dendrites / chemistry
  • Dendrites / physiology*
  • Dendrites / ultrastructure*
  • Growth Substances / metabolism*
  • Morphogenesis
  • Signal Transduction / genetics
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Growth Substances