Neuronal Differentiation: From Axons to Synapses

C. David Mintz, Iddil H. Bekirov, Tonya R. Anderson, Deanna L. Benson

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A newly born neuron generates a single axon and a somatodendritic domain. As it matures, it engages, by way of synapses, a select population of the 20 billion other differentiating neurons in the human central nervous system. The connections that ultimately form are stereotyped and, for the most part, faithfully recapitulated across individuals. This chapter outlines major events in differentiation, highlighting the key cellular events and molecular mechanisms governing the process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrain Development
Subtitle of host publicationNormal Processes and the Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865147
ISBN (Print)0195183134, 9780195183139
StatePublished - May 25 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Central nervous system
  • Differentiation
  • Neurons
  • Synapses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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