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Memory-making molecules now better understood

Through better understanding of where and how the brain gets, or "traffics," fresh supplies of particular receptors needed to carry chemical signals between nerve cells, researchers hope to better understand how we learn, remember, and possibly forget. Studies of the receptor known as AMPA are being led by Pamela England, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy assistant professor, and UCSF colleagues. Results of their collaborative research appeared in the December 22, 2005 issue of Neuron.

• Full story: Research Clarifies How Brain Replenishes Memory-Making Molecules. More information: Photoinactivation of Native AMPA Receptors Reveals Their Real-Time Trafficking.

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