August 11, 2020

Brain’s Ability to Rewire Itself is Connected to Gene Expression

Cell Reports

From birth, the normal human brain rewires itself in response to sensory stimulation from the outside world. To put it simply, it does this by strengthening the connections between certain brain cells through a junction called a synapse. The brain’s ability to change in this way is known as synaptic plasticity.

In a new paper published in Cell Reports, the University of Michigan team describes how they developed a new experimental approach for monitoring gene expression across the genome in neurons while they are in the process of rewiring. Michael A. Sutton (Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology) is one of the leading authors of this study.  You can learn more on M Health Lab.