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2010-05-09 07:53:12

The protein that has long been suspected by scientists of being the master switch allowing brains to function has now been verified by an Iowa State University researcher. Yeon-Kyun Shin, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at ISU, has shown that the protein called synaptotagmin1 (Syt1) is the sole trigger for the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. Prior to this research, Syt1 was thought to be a part of the protein structure (not the sole protein) that...

2009-08-20 11:55:00

Success in soccer sometimes comes with "bending it like Beckham." Success in cellular fusion "” as occurs at the moment of conception and when nerve cells exchange neurotransmitters "” requires that a membrane be bent before the merging process can begin, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have shown.The scientists offer the first concrete evidence that a protein called synaptotagmin plays a critical role in initiating fusion by bending a section of a target membrane. The...

2009-01-12 09:24:54

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have solved the mystery surrounding a "rogue protein" that plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain. The scientists found abundant amounts of the puzzling protein "” whose main location and function were unknown until now "” in a specific area of the pituitary gland. Like someone at a control knob, the protein may adjust the release of the two hormones that come almost exclusively from the posterior...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.