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Sci. STKE, 21 October 2003
Vol. 2003, Issue 205, p. pe45
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2003.205.pe45]


Is Reelin the Answer to Synapse Elimination at the Neuromuscular Junction?

Ben Chih and Peter Scheiffele*

Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, and Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract: The formation of mature neuronal circuits during development involves elimination of a large number of synapses by activity-dependent processes. A recent study suggests that synapse elimination at the neuromuscular junction is impaired in reeler mutant mice, which are lacking the extracellular matrix protein Reelin. In this process, Reelin acts through an unexpected, proteolytic mechanism that is independent of Disabled 1, a cytoplasmic factor that mediates Reelin signaling in the central nervous system. This Perspective discusses possible models for Reelin function in the framework of activity-dependent synapse elimination at the neuromuscular junction.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: ps2018{at}

Citation: B. Chih, P. Scheiffele, Is Reelin the Answer to Synapse Elimination at the Neuromuscular Junction? Sci. STKE 2003, pe45 (2003).

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Comment on "Reelin Promotes Peripheral Synapse Elimination and Maturation".
C. Bidoia, T. Misgeld, E. Weinzierl, M. Buffelli, G. Feng, A. Cangiano, J. W. Lichtman, and J. R. Sanes (2004)
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