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How a protein crucial to learning and memory works

Researchers at have found out how a crucial to : by removing a biochemical “clamp” that prevents connections between nerve cells in the brain from growing stronger. The finding moves neuroscientists a step closer to figuring out how learning and memory work, and how problems with them can arise. A report on the discovery appears in the journal Neuron.

Syngap in a Hippocampal Neuron
Researchers studied the movement of the protein SynGAP (green) within .
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Other authors on the paper are and Mingjie Zhang, both of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Johns Hopkins Medicine