On the molecular track of memory – how to visualize learning

Research report (imported) 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

tom Dieck, Susanne; Schuman, Erin
Synaptische Plastizität

The change of single communication sites between nerve cells, independent of neighboring sites, is believed to be a cellular basis of learning and memory. An elegant explanation how neurons accomplish this arose from the detection that specific proteins might be synthesized close to contact points. With a combination of sensitive methods MPIH investigators now showed that the diversity of protein building plans in neuronal processes is much higher than anticipated – a drastic change in the picture of the neuronal world.

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