Scientists learn more about how star-shaped brain cells help us learn

IMAGE: Dr. Lei Li and Dr. Xiang-Dong Sun, Fellows and co-authors and Dr. Lin Mei, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at… view more Credit: Phil Jones AUGUSTA, Ga. (June 22, 2016) – A molecule that enables strong communication between our brain and muscles appears to also aid essential communication between our neurons, scientists report. On the surface of our numerous star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, they have found the molecule LRP4 is important in ensuring healthy levels of a brain chemical that enables learning and memory, said Dr. Lin Mei, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Neuroscience. The brain chemical, or neurotransmitter,…


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