Mar. 03, 2016
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Scanning Electron and He-Ion Microscopical Investigations of Synapses

  • Fig.1: Scheme of a chemical synapse (by kind permission of Thomas Splettstößer, (www.scistyle.com)Fig.1: Scheme of a chemical synapse (by kind permission of Thomas Splettstößer, (www.scistyle.com)

Chemical synapses are specialized junctions of a width of some ten nm through which neurons transmit signals to each other. In most cases, the information is passed unidirectionally from a presynaptic to a postsynaptic cell (mostly axons to dendrites).

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References:
[1] Gray EG.: Axo-somatic and axo-dendritic synapses of the cerebral cortex: an electron microscope study, J Anat. 93, 420–433 (1959)
[2] John Notte et.al.: An Introduction to the Helium Ion Microscope, AIP Conf. Proc. 931, 489-496 (2007)
[3] H Schulz, U Zeile, JP Stodolka and D Kraft: Advantages of a Local Charge Compensation System for FIB/SEM Applications on Insulating Materials, Microscopy and Microanalysis 15 (Suppl. 2), 332-333 (2009)

Authors
Dr. Georg Koschek

Magdalena Eder
Anna Schneemann

Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
Oberkochen, Germany
 

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07740 Jena
Germany
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