Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 21 January 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 3, p. nf10
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.3.nf10]

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Getting Connected

Protein unexpectedly spurs brain cells to branch

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/3/nf10

Abstract: After enough beers, even the shyest bar patrons will tell their life stories to complete strangers. Brain cells also need chemical help to make connections. A new study reveals that an unlikely protein prompts brain cells to sprout extensions, a key step in making memories. The work could help researchers understand how neurons network and why these branches shrivel in some diseases.

Citation: M. Leslie, Getting Connected. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (3), nf10 (2004).

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