Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found out how a protein crucial to learning works: 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.
Researchers studied the movement of the protein SynGAP (green) within brain cells.
Credit:Yoichi Araki/Johns Hopkins Medicine
Other authors on the paper are Menglong Zeng and Mingjie Zhang, both of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.