Latest Cellular neuroscience Stories
The ability to learn and to establish new memories is essential to our daily existence and identity; enabling us to navigate through the world.
A protein called neuroligin that is implicated in some forms of autism is critical to the construction of a working synapse, locking neurons together like "molecular Velcro," a study lead by a team of UC Davis researchers has found.
Brain cells, or neurons, transmit electrical signals efficiently only when they recycle tiny cellular sacs that store signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters.
Proteins go everywhere in the cell and do all sorts of work, but a fundamental question has eluded biologists: How do the proteins know where to go?
Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: When Abraham Lincoln was asked how long a manâ€™s legs should be, he absurdly replied, â€œLong enough to reach the ground.â€
Using ion-selective micro-electrodes electrical signals in plants moving from leaf to leaf could be measured.
To a growing axon, the protein RGMa is a "Wrong Way" sign, alerting it to head in another direction. As Hata et al. demonstrate in the March 9, 2009 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology, translating that signal into cellular action requires teamwork from two receptors.
In research published this week in Neuron, researchers describe for the first time how cellular changes in the sleeping brain promote the formation of memories.
Scientists say the identification of a specific molecule could be key to understanding the cause of motor neuron disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative disorders.
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