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February 17, 2023

Pure lipid membrane increases strength of nerve impulses

A pure lipid membrane formed using lipid-coated water droplets exhibits long-term increase in strength of nerve impulses, called potentiation, or LTP. LTP is associated with learning and memory and emulates hippocampal LTP observed in the brains of mammals and birds.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant MCB 2219289.]

Learn more in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory news story Biomembrane research findings could advance understanding of computing and human memory. (Date of image: Dec. 06, 2022; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Feb. 17, 2023)

Credit: Jill Hemman/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

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