Scripps Florida scientists shed new light on the role of calcium in learning and memory

JUPITER, FL – August 25, 2016 – While calcium’s importance for our bones and teeth is well known, its role in neurons–in particular, its effects on processes such as learning and memory–has been less well defined.In a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) offer new insights how calcium in mitochondria–the powerhouse of all cells–can impact the development of the brain and adult cognition. In particular, the team showed in fruit flies, a widely used model system, that blocking a channel that brings calcium to the mitochondria, called “mitochondrial calcium uniporter,” causes memory impairment but does not alter learning capacity. Ron Davis is chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Scripps Florida. Credit: Photo courtesy of The Scripps…


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