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How to increase (or decrease) brain activity and memory

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2014 04:28 PM by AlexMuller

Is it possible to rapidly increase (or decrease) the amount of information the brain can store? A new international study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) suggests is may be.Their research has identified a molecule that improves brain function and memory recall is improved.


Published in the latest issue of Cell Reports, the study has implications for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, such as autism spectral disorders and Alzheimer’s disease. “Our findings show that the brain has a key protein called FXR1P (Fragile X Related Protein 1) that limits the production of molecules necessary for memory formation,” says RI-MUHC neuroscientist Keith Murai, the study’s senior author and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. “When this brake-protein is suppressed, the brain is able to store more information.”

Murai and his colleagues used a mouse model to study how changes in brain cell connections produce new memories. When FXR1P was selectively removed from certain parts of the brain, new molecules were produced. They strengthened connections between brain cells, which correlated with improved memory and recall in the mice.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-19
Efforts in understanding molecular basis of memories are finally giving some very interesting insights and new avenues to continue this type of research - I hope we will learn much more about FXR1P Reply


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