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OHSU Researchers Discover New Synapses In Brain

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May 17, 2000
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Oregon Health Sciences University
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For decades, scientists have known that nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other through high-speed contacts called synapses. Now, researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University's Vollum Institute and the University of Oxford have discovered that synapses also are used to communicate with other specialized brain cells called oligodendrocytes.

Portland, Ore. -- For decades, scientists have known that nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other through high-speed contacts called synapses. Now, researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University's Vollum Institute and the University of Oxford have discovered that synapses also are used to communicate with other specialized brain cells called oligodendrocytes. Studying these previously unknown synapses may provide a key for understanding brain function in health and disease. These results appear in the May 11 edition of the journal Nature.


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