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Cortical Oscillations in Health and Disease$
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Roger Traub, MD and Miles Whittington, PhD

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195342796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342796.001.0001

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Gap Junctions and the Notion of Electrical Coupling Between Axons

Gap Junctions and the Notion of Electrical Coupling Between Axons

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(p.212) 9 Gap Junctions and the Notion of Electrical Coupling Between Axons
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Cortical Oscillations in Health and Disease
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Roger D. Roger

Miles A. Whittington

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342796.003.0009

Gap junctions are an evolutionarily ancient form of intercellular communication, present in a variety of tissues, and essential to life. A variety of types of experimental evidence indicates that gap junctions can occur on axons, and can (at least in some circumstances) permit the spread of action potentials from cell to cell. Very fast oscillations at ~200 Hz occur in hippocampal slices in conditions where chemical synapses are blocked, but requiring gap junctions.

Keywords:   gap junction, ultrastructure, FRIL (freeze fracture immunogold replica labeling), spikelet, VFO

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