MARCKS for maintenance in dendritic spines

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Synapses in the brain must maintain a balance between learning-related plasticity and the stability necessary for reliable function. In this issue of Neuron, Calabrese and Halpain describe cell-transfection experiments implicating MARCKS, a protein that binds to both the cell surface and actin cytoskeleton, in the maintenance of dendritic spines.

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