Latest Metabotropic glutamate receptor Stories

2009-10-19 17:53:22

Glutamate is to the brain like coffee is to our bodies. A cup of Joe in the morning can wake us, but overloading on caffeine causes the stimulant to work against us. Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in a mammal's central nervous system. It is an important component for neuroplasticity, the synaptic communication between neurons. It's also key to learning and memory. But in high concentrations, glutamate becomes toxic-- over-exciting the neurons. Glutamate-induced...

2009-09-30 06:00:00

New molecules may be an alternative therapy for Parkinson's NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael J. Fox Foundation-funded researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have reached a milestone in the development of potential new drugs for Parkinson's disease that may avoid the limitations of current therapy. The team, which received an MJFF award of up to $4.4 million under the Foundation's 2007 LEAPS (Linked Efforts to Accelerate Parkinson's Solutions)...

2009-07-08 12:02:52

The latest work to 'turn off the taps' in the brain and stop a chemical being released in excess amounts "“ which can lead to Parkinson's Disease "“ will be presented at The British Pharmacological Society's Summer Meeting in Edinburgh today (Wednesday, 8 July 2009).Dr Susan Duty from King's College London will present her latest work, aimed at stimulating 'trigger points' to stop the release of a chemical that can kill brain cells, at a special symposium that focuses on research...

2009-01-27 14:48:38

U.S. scientists say they've discovered individual nerve cells in the front part of the brain can hold memories for about one minute. Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center said their study of mice is the first to identify the specific signal that establishes non-permanent cellular memory and reveals how the brain holds temporary information. Assistant Professor Don Cooper, senior author, said the research has implications for addiction, attention disorders and stress-related memory...

2008-12-09 10:24:05

Rice University researchers have found a potential clue to the roots of epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia and other neurological disorders. While studying the peripheral nerves of the Drosophila, aka the fruit fly, Rice doctoral student Eric Howlett discovered an unanticipated connection between glutamate "“ an amino acid and neurotransmitter in much of the food we eat "“ and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), an enzyme that, Howlett found, regulates the activity of neurons. Howlett...

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