SnapShot: receptor dynamics at plastic synapses

Cell. 2014 Jun 19;157(7):1738-1738.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.002.


The dynamic synapse is represented by the constant mobility and exchange of components at both the cell surface and at intracellular sites. This includes thermally powered Brownian diffusion movement, followed by reversible trapping through receptor-scaffold interactions and active transport of cargo vesicles through cytoskeletal motors.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Neuronal Plasticity*
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / metabolism
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter / metabolism
  • Synapses / physiology*


  • Neurotransmitter Agents
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter