Ephrins may influence learning
A Burnham Institute study has found that one of the cells largest families of signaling molecules, called ephrins, which are known to regulate the development of nerve cells, also controls nerve cells ability to engulf critical chemicals and proteins for learning and memory. These findings, the first to link these molecular semaphores to this important nerve cell function, appear in the May issue of Nature Cell Biology, published in advance at the journals website on April 10th.
While the studys results are not immediately applicable to treating disease, they pave the way for future experiments on the roles played by ephrins in memory, learning, and other nerve cell functions, and potentially even in certain cancers.
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