Synapses

Nerve Cells Let Others “Listen In”

Bonn, Germany — How many “listeners” a nerve cell has in the brain is strictly regulated. This is shown by an international study led by the University College London and the universities...

Insight into Synapses

Würzburg, Germany — When people think of glutamate, the first thing they remember is the flavour enhancer that is often used in Asian cuisine. Glutamate is also an important messenger substance in...

Sleep Readies Synapses for Learning

Madison, WI — Synapses in the hippocampus are larger and stronger after sleep deprivation, according to new research in mice published in JNeurosci. Overall, this study supports the idea that sleep...

Thorny Life of New-Born Neurons

Frankfurt, Germany — Even in adult brains, new neurons are generated throughout a lifetime. A research group describes plastic changes of adult-born neurons in the hippocampus, a critical region for...

Deciphering the ‘Mosaic’ of the Brain

Leicester, UK — Researchers have shed new light on how neurons in the brain communicate with one another. This could potentially help in our understanding of how and why a range of neurodegenerative...

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