Neurexins — versatile molecular platforms in the synaptic cleft

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Neurexins constitute a large family of synaptic organizers. Their extracellular domains protrude into the synaptic cleft where they can form transsynaptic bridges with different partners. A unique constellation of structural elements within their ectodomains enables neurexins to create molecular platforms within the synaptic cleft that permit a large portfolio of partners to be recruited, assembled and their interactions to be dynamically regulated. Neurexins and their partners are implicated in neuropsychiatric diseases including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Detailed understanding of the mechanisms that underlie neurexin interactions may in future guide the design of tools to manipulate synaptic connections and their function, in particular those involved in the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-121
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
Volume54
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StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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Neurexins — versatile molecular platforms in the synaptic cleft. / Rudenko, Gabrielle.

In: Current Opinion in Structural Biology, Vol. 54, 01.02.2019, p. 112-121.

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