Brain cells get tweaked ‘on the go’

Interneurons (green) in the superficial layers of the cerebral cortex. New research indicates that these neurons adapt their “personalities” in response to changes on the activity of the network in which they are integrated. Credit: Nathalie Dehorter Researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, have discovered a new molecular ‘switch’ that controls the properties of neurons in response to changes in the activity of their neural network. The findings, published in Science, suggest that the ‘hardware’ in our brain is tuneable and could have implications that go far beyond basic neuroscience – from informing education policy to developing new therapies for neurological disorders such as epilepsy. Computers are often used as a metaphor for the…


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