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Heparin stimulates food intake and body weight gain in mice
Research shows that heparin, which is well known for its role as an anticoagulant, can also promote food intake and body weight increase in animal models. (2017-09-05)
Superfly flight simulator helps unravel navigation in the brain
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have identified two independent pathways in the fly brain that are integrated to allow successful navigation during flight. (2017-09-04)
Epileptic brain activity in widely used lab mice
Multiple laboratories have observed unusual neural activity resembling epilepsy in some lines of genetically modified mice widely used in neuroscience research. (2017-09-04)
Virus hijacks cell's transportation system
A deadly tick-borne virus uses the host neuron's transportation system to move their RNA, resulting in the local reproduction of the virus and severe neurological symptoms. (2017-09-01)
Songbird study shows how estrogen may stop infection-induced brain inflammation
New research by American University neuroscience Professor Colin Saldanha shows that estrogen synthesis, a process naturally occurring in the brains of zebra finches, may also fight off neuroinflammation caused by infection that occurs elsewhere in the body. (2017-08-31)
Biologists find new source for brain's development
A team of biologists has found an unexpected source for the brain's development, a finding that offers new insights into the building of the nervous system. (2017-08-31)
Hidden deep in the brain, a map that guides animals' movements
New research has revealed that deep in the brain, in a structure called striatum, all possible movements that an animal can do are represented in a map of neural activity. (2017-08-30)
'Seeing' robot learns tricky technique for studying brain cells in mammals
Imperial scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans. (2017-08-30)
Robotic system monitors specific neurons
MIT engineers have devised a way to automate the process of patch-clamping, using a computer algorithm that analyzes microscope images and guides a robotic arm to the target cell to record its electrical activity. (2017-08-30)
Monkeys with Parkinson's disease benefit from human stem cells
A team of Japanese neurosurgeons at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, Japan, report two new strategies to improve outcomes of iPS cell-based therapies for Parkinson's disease in monkey brains. (2017-08-30)
Unraveling Alzheimer's: New study documents how brain cells go bad
Scientists have known that abnormal protein deposits and swarms of activated immune cells accumulate in brains of people with Alzheimer's. (2017-08-29)
Faulty DNA repair depresses neural development
Osaka University researchers discover DNA polymerase β (Polβ) deficiency in neural stem cells affects neuronal survival and neural network in the developing brain. (2017-08-29)
Researchers unlock regenerative potential of cells in the mouse retina
Cells within an injured mouse eye can be coaxed into regenerating neurons and those new neurons appear to integrate themselves into the eye's circuitry, new research shows. (2017-08-28)
Single-nucleus RNA sequencing, droplet by droplet
Researchers describe a new single-cell expression profiling technique. Called DroNc-Seq, it merges an earlier platform with microfluidics, allowing massively parallel measurement of gene expression in structurally-complicated tissues. (2017-08-28)
How people discern changes in pitch to extract meaning from language
The ability for humans to discern changes in pitch as they listen to a speaker is essential for extracting meaning from words, and now researchers have identified a set of neurons responsible for detecting such relative changes in pitch. (2017-08-24)
How the human brain detects the 'music' of speech
Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified neurons in the human brain that respond to pitch changes in spoken language, which are essential to clearly conveying both meaning and emotion. (2017-08-24)
Study suggests serotonin may worsen tinnitus
Millions of people suffer from the constant sensation of ringing or buzzing in the ears known as tinnitus, creating constant irritation for some and severe anxiety for others. (2017-08-22)
Firing of neurons changes the cells that insulate them
Through their pattern of firing, neurons influence the behavior of the cells that upon maturation will provide insulation of neuronal axons, according to a new study publishing Aug. (2017-08-22)
Research reveals 'exquisite selectivity' of neuronal wiring in the cerebral cortex
In a study appearing today in Nature Neuroscience, a team from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory uses advanced technologies to illuminate the connectivity pattern of chandelier cells, a distinctive kind of inhibitory cell type in the mammalian brain. (2017-08-21)
Key protein to regulate synapse formation
Korean researchers have identified the control mechanism of synapse formation using a protein crystallography method. (2017-08-20)
Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain
A WSU research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks -- a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry. (2017-08-17)
Mind flex
The human brain has a region of cells responsible for linking sensory cues to actions and behaviors and cataloging the link as a memory. (2017-08-17)
Researchers show how particular fear memories can be erased
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories by weakening the connections between neurons involved in forming these memories. (2017-08-17)
How we recall the past
Neuroscientists who study memory have long believed that when we recall an event, our brains turn on the same hippocampal circuit that was activated when the memory was originally formed. (2017-08-17)
Researchers make surprising discovery about how neurons talk to each other
New findings challenge existing dogma that neurons release fixed amounts of chemical signal at any one time and could have implications for brain disorders including Parkinson's and schizhophrenia. (2017-08-17)
Scientists identify central neural circuit for itch sensation
A recent study carried out by Dr. Sun Yangang's lab at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered a central neural circuit that is critical for transmitting the itch signal. (2017-08-17)
Navigation and spatial memory: New brain region identified to be involved
Researchers at NERF (VIB-imec-KU Leuven) have now uncovered striking neural activity patterns in a brain area called the retrosplenial cortex that may assist with spatial memory and navigation. (2017-08-16)
Researchers discover fundamental pathology behind ALS
Identifying the basic cellular malfunction underlying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and a form of dementia opens the pathway to developing treatments to prevent the disease by preserving neurons. (2017-08-16)
Scientists use magnetic fields to remotely stimulate brain -- and control body movements
Scientists have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in the brain, inducing bodily movements that include running, rotating and losing control of the extremities -- an achievement that could lead to advances in studying and treating neurological disease. (2017-08-16)
Adult brains produce new cells in previously undiscovered area
A University of Queensland discovery may lead to new treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (2017-08-15)
Running rats remember better
Young rats with access to a running wheel show improved memory later in life and increased activity of neurons generated in adulthood, finds a study published in eNeuro. (2017-08-14)
Mapping the brain, neuron by neuron
A mathematician and computer scientist joined an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain, an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work. (2017-08-10)
New kinds of brain cells revealed
Salk and UC San Diego scientists analyzed methylation patterns of neurons to find new subtypes. (2017-08-10)
Scientists find new way to map differences in the brain
A team from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego has, for the first time, profiled chemical modifications in the DNA of individual neurons, giving the most detailed information yet on what makes one brain cell different from its neighbor. (2017-08-10)
Rewired taste system reveals how flavors move from tongue to brain
By creating mice with mixed-up taste sensors, HHMI Investigator Charles Zuker and colleagues show how the taste system continually remakes itself. (2017-08-09)
Dopaminergic neurons derived from iPSCs in non-human primate model
Researchers have demonstrated the ability to generate dopaminergic neurons in the laboratory from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from fibroblast cells of adult marmoset monkeys. (2017-08-08)
A new view for protein turnover in the brain
Scientists at UC San Diego have provided the first evidence that lysosomes, specialized structures found in nearly every cell in your body, can travel to distant parts of neurons to branch-like areas known as dendrites. (2017-08-07)
How an unlikely cellular 'antenna' can impair brain development
An antenna-like structure on cells, once considered a useless vestige, can cause defects in the brain's wiring similar to what's seen in autism, schizophrenia, and other disorders. (2017-08-07)
Scientists reveal role for lysosome transport in Alzheimer's disease progression
Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine have discovered that defects in the transport of lysosomes within neurons promote the buildup of protein aggregates in the brains of mice with Alzheimer's disease. (2017-08-07)
Tracing the path of Parkinson's disease proteins
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a set of tools to observe, monitor and quantify how misfolded proteins associated with Parkinson's disease enter neurons in laboratory cultures and what happens to them once they're inside. (2017-08-04)
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