Neuroscientists believe that the connectome, a map of each and every connection between the millions of neurons in the brain, will provide a blueprint that will allow them to link brain anatomy to brain function. But a new study from Carnegie Mellon University has found that a specific type of neuron might be thwarting their efforts at mapping the connectome by temporarily cloaking the synapses that link a wide field of neurons.
Researchers with Carnegie Mellon’s BrainHub have discovered a mechanism for synaptic cloaking in the brain’s neo-cortex.
Credit: Carnegie Mellon University
Erika E. Fanselow, a research biologist formerly with Carnegie Mellon and the CNBC, also contributed to this paper.
The research was funded by the McKnight Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (DA017188).