Synaptic exocytosis and endocytosis: capacitance measurements

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Jun;6(3):358-64. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(96)80120-6.


Exo- and endocytosis are accompanied by changes in membrane capacitance. Capacitance measurements in synaptic terminals have proven recently to be a useful adjunct to other techniques in examining presynaptic mechanisms. New information has emerged from these studies about the size and dynamics of synaptic vesicle pools, about the Ca2+ dependence of the rate of exocytosis, and about the kinetics of endocytosis in synaptic terminals.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electric Conductivity
  • Endocytosis*
  • Exocytosis*
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • Synapses / physiology*