A new imaging technique allows researchers to illuminate the junctions between neurons in a living person’s brain.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Tag: synaptic plasticity
Scientists have discovered a new way that microglia, the immune cells of the brain, can sculpt brain circuits.
Beth Stevens is unmasking new roles for microglia, the mysterious brain cells that seem to shape brain circuits.
Researchers have discovered an enzyme that lowers brain levels of FMRP, the protein missing in people with fragile X syndrome. Blocking the enzyme may ease fragile X symptoms in people with the disorder who have low levels of FMRP and mild symptoms.
An autism-linked mutation in the SHANK3 gene alters the protein skeleton of mouse neurons. Repairing the scaffold eases the animals’ social deficits.
Inexpensive ‘chips’ imprinted with tiny wells and channels provide a glimpse of neurons communicating in culture.
Drugs designed to treat fragile X syndrome have yet to show substantial benefits in people. But rather than abandon them, child neurologist Elizabeth Berry-Kravis suggests a new way to measure their effectiveness.
Drugs developed to treat fragile X syndrome may also work for autism because both disorders feature defects at neuronal junctions, suggests a paper published 12 January in Nature Neuroscience.