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    UIC researchers show protein routes messages in nerve cells

    14 Jul 2005










    Nerve cells relay messages at blink-of-the-eye speeds by squirting chemicals called neurotransmitters across tiny gaps called synapses to awaiting message receptors. But lots of different receptors and neurotransmitters work simultaneously. Which goes where to send the proper message?

    Research reported in the July 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience (released online July 13) by a team led by David Featherstone, a University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor of biology, provides some important preliminary answers.

    Featherstone and UIC post-doctoral associate Kaiyun Chen, along with German researchers Carlos Merino and Stephan Sigrist at the European Neuroscience Institute in Goettingen, chose the common fruit fly as their research animal and the chemical glutamate -- present in fruit flies and humans -- as their neurotransmitter of choice.

    "It's still unknown how glutamate receptors get to precisely where they're supposed to go on a cell in order to mediate the neurotransmission," said Featherstone. "If the receptors are not in the right place, then the message becomes less efficient. Or if receptors are the wrong type, the message could get completely mixed up."

    Such mix-ups can lead to a condition called synaesthesia, where, for example, a sound may have taste, or an image may have a smell. The molecular basis of this condition remains unknown.

    "It all comes down to the receptors being in the right place at the right time," said Featherstone. "So our question was, how do these receptors know where they're supposed to go at the time they're supposed to be there?"

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    Sorry, but as I kept reading this article it was more funny to picture in my head than to read it for it's merit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzskatgillespie
    Sorry, but as I kept reading this article it was more funny to picture in my head than to read it for it's merit.

    is right Max
    Yes my friend
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    Not sure if that was supposed to be some-sorta slight mutt is more like it.

    Don't you like a little mystery? I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzskatgillespie

    Don't you like a little mystery? I do.
    If you mean my edited remark about who is in bed with you in atavar?

    We figured it in private, didn't we?

    There are some very "high intergrity" people here which might jump out of their chairs to teach everyone about "ethical dillemas" & close/move perfect topic
    Let them have mystery what its all about

    Now-

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