Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
So-called mossy fiber synapses in the hippocampus can meter the amount of neurotransmitter they receive by sending glutamate against the usual direction of synaptic flow.
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons

So-called mossy fiber synapses in the hippocampus can meter the amount of neurotransmitter they receive by sending glutamate against the usual direction of synaptic flow.

So-called mossy fiber synapses in the hippocampus can meter the amount of neurotransmitter they receive by sending glutamate against the usual direction of synaptic flow.

neuronal plasticity
Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
In an unexpected twist in neuroscience dogma, the cells on the receiving end of neurotransmission appear to be able to release glutamate to regulate the transmitting cell’s activity.
Mouse Moms’ Behavior Affects Pups’ Genome Structures
Mouse Moms’ Behavior Affects Pups’ Genome Structures
Abby Olena | Mar 22, 2018
Mice who get less attention from their mothers have more copies of a common retrotransposon in the genomes of their hippocampal neurons.
Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity
Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity
Sara B. Linker, Fred H. Gage, Tracy A. Bedrosian | Nov 1, 2017
No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?
Infographic: Understanding Our Diverse Brain
Infographic: Understanding Our Diverse Brain
Fred H. Gage, Tracy A. Bedrosian, Sara B. Linker | Oct 31, 2017
Recent advances in single-cell omics and other techniques are revealing variation at genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and posttranscriptomic levels.
Neuron Populations Involved in Mouse Olfaction Change Over Time
Neuron Populations Involved in Mouse Olfaction Change Over Time
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2016
Male mice exposed to females, their urine, or a chemical in their urine lost sensory neurons in their vomeronasal organs that respond to that chemical.
Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain
Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 6, 2016
Young cells make their way to the frontal lobe to create new circuits in the brains of infants, researchers report. 
Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?
Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2016
Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.
Golden Goose Awards for Unusual Research
Golden Goose Awards for Unusual Research
Karen Zusi | Sep 16, 2015
This year’s honors go to researchers who mapped human populations, showed spots to cats, and offered children marshmallows to examine the kids’ patience and self-control.
Epigenetic Mechanism Tunes Brain Cells
Epigenetic Mechanism Tunes Brain Cells
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 2, 2015
Regular replacement of histones in human and murine neurons is required for neuronal plasticity, a study shows.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Jenny Rood | Apr 16, 2015
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Turning Back the Brain’s Clock
Turning Back the Brain’s Clock
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 15, 2014
The brain’s ability to make new neural connections can be restored in mice by blocking a protein that normally acts as a natural brake on neuroplasticity. 
Seeing with Sound
Seeing with Sound
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2014
Converting sights to sounds reveals that the brains of congenitally blind people respond similarly to various objects as those of subjects who can see.
Branching Out
Branching Out
Dan Cossins | Apr 1, 2013
Satellites of the Golgi apparatus generate the microtubules used to grow outer dendrite branches in Drosophila neurons.
Prions Involved in Learning
Prions Involved in Learning
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 15, 2013
Properly folded prions aid in normal brain development.
Rita Levi-Montalcini Dies
Rita Levi-Montalcini Dies
Kelly Rae Chi | Jan 1, 2013
The neurophysiologist who earned a Nobel Prize for discovering nerve growth factor has passed away at age 103.
The Pliable Brain
Christina Karns | Sep 1, 2012
Altered touch perception in deaf people may reveal individual differences in brain plasticity.
Active Brains Help Heal Paralysis
Sabrina Richards | May 31, 2012
Engaging the brain with cognitive tasks helps paralyzed rats walk again.