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MGH/MIT study identifies neurons important for induction of natural REM sleep

Better understanding of mechanisms behind natural could improve disorder treatment

Cholinergic Neurons in Brain Stem Can Induce REM Sleep
Confocal images of cells in an area of the brain stem called the PPT show expression of the (red) and of a light responsive protein (green). The merged image on the right shows neurons expressing both.
Credit:Christa Van Dort, PhD, and


Massachusetts General Hospital