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Special Issue "Ribbon Synapses: Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Signaling and Involvement in Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Neurobiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Frank Schmitz
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Guest Editor
Department of Neuroanatomy, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Saarland University, 66421 Homburg, Germany
Interests: retina; ribbon synapses; synaptic ribbon; active zone; synaptic signaling in photoreceptor ribbon synapses.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on ribbon synapses welcomes studies on ribbon synapses in the retina, inner ear, and pineal gland. These include papers on the molecular anatomy and physiology of ribbon synapses. Studies on translational aspects/synaptic dysfunctions/diseases in which ribbon synapses play an important role are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Frank Schmitz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • ribbon synapses
  • molecular anatomy and physiology of ribbon synapses
  • retina, inner ear ribbon synapses
  • pineal gland
  • synaptic ribbon
  • exocytosis
  • endocytosis
  • neuronal networks
  • circadian rhythms and circadian signaling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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