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MIT Sees Molecules at Work in Living Brain Cells

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Researchers at MIT found a way of observing molecules at work inside living brain cells, which also explains the molecular mechanisms of synapse formation.

The studies carried out by researchers Amar Thyagarajan and Alice Y. Ting, affiliated with MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the MIT Department of Chemistry, could also help clear the mystery of synapses malfunction in diseases like autism or Fragile X syndrome.

In order to observe molecules inside the brain cells, the researchers studied the interaction between neurexin and neuroligin proteins from the neuron’s surface, which are two of the many adhesion molecules in the brain that control synapse formation, growth, function and plasticity.

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