Sep 4, 2022

New discovery: Synapse hiding in the mice brain may advance our understanding of neuronal communication

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The latest study focused on serotonin receptors in the brain, crucial for memory, fear, and attentiveness.

Scientists have discovered a new type of synapse hiding in the brains of mice. Researchers at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus.

“This special synapse represents a way to change what is being transcribed or made in the nucleus, and that changes whole programs,” said David Clapham, Janelia’s senior group leader.

“The effects in the cell are not just short-term — some can be long-term,” added the study’s lead author.


Researchers at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, have found this new kind of synapse in the tiny hairs on the surface of mice neurons, according to a press release published by the institute on Thursday.

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