<strong>Peter H. Seeburg</strong><br /><span>21.8.1944 - 22.8.2016</span><br /><br /><span>The MPI for medical Research is sorrowed by the death of Peter H. Seeburg, Director of the Dept. of Molecular Neurobiology since 1996.</span> Zoom Image
Peter H. Seeburg
21.8.1944 - 22.8.2016

The MPI for medical Research is sorrowed by the death of Peter H. Seeburg, Director of the Dept. of Molecular Neurobiology since 1996.

Department of Molecular Neurobiology

Department of Molecular Neurobiology

The Department of Molecular Neurobiology focusses on the generation of mice in which central excitatory synapses exhibit altered plasticity and transmission characteristics. Synapses are elaborated by nerve cells for purposes of communication. Their structure and strength is not static but changes in a development and experience dependent fashion. It is widely believed that learning and memory acquisition are encoded by particular patterns of synaptic efficacies.

Key molecules for excitatory synaptic function are receptor channels located in the postsynaptic membrane and activated by glutamate, the brain's most prevalent excitatory neurotransmitter. Using advanced transgenic technologies, we manipulate properties of glutamate receptor channels expressed in different populations of central neurons, either constitutively or in an inducible manner. Targeted property changes include biophysical characteristics such as gating kinetics and permeability for calcium ions, susceptibility to the posttranscriptional modifications of splicing and RNA editing by site selective adenosine deamination, subunit composition, expression levels, and interactions with components of the postsynaptic density.

We then evaluate with our collaborators the consequences of the genetic manipulations for both synaptic physiology and learning behaviour.

 
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