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Preventing "Traffic Jams" in Brain Cells
May 28, 2013
Each brain cell has an internal highway system for transporting essential materials between different parts of the cell. Understanding blockages on these highways and how traffic should flow normally in healthy cells could offer hope to people with neurodegenerative diseases. Toward that end, a research team has shown that the protein presenilin plays an important role in controlling neuronal traffic on microtubule highways, a novel function that previously was unknown.
University at Buffalo
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