The Duke study is the first to identify where the cln3 protein resides in human brain cells and to link the protein's location to its function. The researchers discovered that cln3 transports a vital lipid, or complex fat molecule, within a cell.
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Brain & Nervous System
Neurobiologists have pinpointed the molecular storehouse that supplies the neurotransmitter receptor proteins used for learning related changes in the brain.
Researchers have found a slightly elevated risk of "ischemic" stroke due to a blood clot in the brain in patients treated with tamoxifen.
Neurobiologists believe that their new analytical technique will enable unprecedented insights into function of both the healthy brain and those afflicted with neurological disease.
The protein is known as mBDNF, which stands for mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor. mBDNF is essential for the formation of long-term memory, the ability to remember things for longer than a day.