New research sheds light on the role of proteins and how synapses work

Synapses are the power junctions that allow living creatures to function. Popularly associated with learning and memory, they play a more fundamental role in our existence by regulating everything from breathing, sleeping and waking and other bodily functions. Loss of synapses and synapse function sit at the heart of a number of diseases, not just neurodegenerative examples such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease but also conditions such as diabetes. We do not fully understand how synapses work, but new research published on Nature Neuroscience’s website has shed new light on the role of proteins in the way in which synapses maintain their signalling. The research has been carried out by an international team of scientists from: the Institute for Biology/Genetics and the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemisty/Structural Biochemistry, Freie Universität…


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