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Neuromuscular Junction as an Entity of Nerve-Muscle Communication

Laboratory affiliated to Istituto Pasteur Italia–Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti, DAHFMO-Unit of Histology and Medical Embryology, Sapienza University of Rome, Via A. Scarpa, 14, 00161 Rome, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this paper.
Cells 2019, 8(8), 906;
Received: 5 July 2019 / Revised: 13 August 2019 / Accepted: 14 August 2019 / Published: 16 August 2019
One of the crucial systems severely affected in several neuromuscular diseases is the loss of effective connection between muscle and nerve, leading to a pathological non-communication between the two tissues. The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) represents the critical region at the level of which muscle and nerve communicate. Defects in signal transmission between terminal nerve endings and muscle membrane is a common feature of several physio-pathologic conditions including aging and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Nevertheless, controversy exists on whether pathological events beginning at the NMJ precede or follow loss of motor units. In this review, the role of NMJ in the physio-pathologic interplay between muscle and nerve is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: NMJ; muscle-nerve interaction; ALS; aging; PKC NMJ; muscle-nerve interaction; ALS; aging; PKC
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Lepore, E.; Casola, I.; Dobrowolny, G.; Musarò, A. Neuromuscular Junction as an Entity of Nerve-Muscle Communication. Cells 2019, 8, 906.

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