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Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs), members of the degenerin/epithelial Na+ channel superfamily, are broadly distributed in the mammalian nervous system where they play important roles in a variety of physiological processes, including neurotransmission and memory-related behaviors. In the last few years, we and others have investigated the role of ASIC1a in different forms of synaptic plasticity especially in the CA1 area of the hippocampus. This review summarizes the latest research linking ASIC1a to synaptic function either in physiological or pathological conditions. A better understanding of how these channels are regulated in brain circuitries relevant to synaptic plasticity and memory may offer novel targets for pharmacological intervention in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.


Dalila Mango, Robert Nisticò. Role of ASIC1a in Normal and Pathological Synaptic Plasticity. Reviews of physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. 2020;177:83-100

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