Tag: synapses

July 2018
News

Seizures may damage learning capacity of rodent brains

by  /  12 July 2018

Seizures early in life may render brain circuits incapable of supporting learning during critical developmental periods.

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May 2018
Microscopic image of skin cells
News

Study challenges theory that protein surplus underlies fragile X

by  /  16 May 2018

Many people with fragile X syndrome show average rates of protein production, challenging a long-held assumption about the condition.

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Week of MayMay
7th
2018
News / Spotted

Dividing autism; novel messengers; million-dollar mark and more

by  /  11 May 2018

A researcher proposes splitting autism into subtypes, mitochondria make neurotransmitters, and highly successful grantees may face a funding cap.

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April 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018

Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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four brains sliced to show varying thickness
News

Genes altered in autism may control brain’s thickness

by  /  12 April 2018

Some genes associated with autism may influence the thickness of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer.

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A microglia cell (red), touches the signal-receiving ends of neurons (green) in the brain
News

Microglia may have only small appetite for synapses

by  /  2 April 2018

Microglia come into frequent contact with synapses, the connections between neurons, but they appear to nibble on them rather than engulf and digest them.

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March 2018
Week of MarchMar
26th
2018
News / Spotted

Late-life diagnosis; narrated brain stimulation; microglia movie and more

by  /  30 March 2018

Women describe relief at finally learning they have autism, a man with epilepsy narrates during stimulation of his brain, and the brain’s immune cells are caught on film nibbling at neuronal connections.

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closeup of a mouse eye
News

Gene on chromosome 16 may be valuable player in autism

by  /  29 March 2018

Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.

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Neurons from mice missing OTUD7A (right) have fewer spines than do those from controls (left).
News

Studies pinpoint key gene in region linked to autism

by  /  21 March 2018

A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
26th
2018
News / Spotted

Marketing oils for autism; pruning principle matures; mouse manual and more

by  /  2 March 2018

Autism parents fall for the marketing of essential oils, the pruning hypothesis of brain development matures, and an online manual classifies mouse behavior.

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