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    Researchers locate mechanism underlying plasticity in grownup brains

    Developing brains continuously sprout new neuronal connections called synapses as they understand and remember. Important connections — the ones that are repeatedly introduced, such as how to avoid danger — are nurtured and reinforced, while links deemed unnecessary are pruned away. Adult brains experience similar pruning, but it was unclear why or how synapses in

    Enormous transporter protein dysfunction related with schizophrenia

    Researchers have suspected mutations in a cellular cholesterol transport protein are associated with psychiatric disorders, but have found it hard to show this and to pinpoint how it happens. Currently, Kazumitsu Ueda of Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and colleagues in Japan have provided evidence that mice with disrupted ABCA13 protein demonstrate

    Researcher find a gene mutation connected to schizophrenia

    Researchers at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, in collaboration with Columbia University, have identified a gene mutation that could result in schizophrenia, a chronic brain disease that affects nearly 1 percent of the planet’s inhabitants. The findings, published in today in Neuron, could lead to novel treatment strategies. The research group, headed by Todd

    Basic dietary enhancement enhances schizophrenic traits in mice

    After additional experiments, including visualizing the fluorescently stained dancing advantage of brain cells, researchers concluded that the nutritional supplement likely protects proteins which build neurons’ mobile skeletons. The supplement betaine was initially isolated from sugar beets and is often associated with sweetness or umami flavor. Healthy levels of betaine come from both outside food sources