A perspective paper has been published by Marco Capogna in the last issue of the Journal of Physiology (591.19). This article comments a paper published by Lujan, Shigemoto (ex Unit members), Ito and collaborators published in the same issue of the Journal of Physiology (http://jp.physoc.org./content/591/19/4777.long). The paper by Ito & coll. is the first to dissect out the cellular process that generates molecular asymmetries in the brain. Specifically, it identifies the major histocompatibility complex class I as key molecules involved in regulation of the asymmetry of NMDA receptors at hippocampal synapses.
We welcome the return of Professor Limei Zhang from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico for a short visit to Peter Somogyi. She will evalutate peptidergic subcortical innervation of the rodent hippocampus. Prof. Zhang has spent several years in the Unit previously and published papers from collaborative studies.
The group of Marco Capogna in collaboration with previous Unit members (Francesco Ferraguti, Yannis Dalezios) publishes on distinct functions of intercalated cell masses of the amygdala in the Journal of Neuroscience, 31 (13): 5131-5144, 2011.