Synaptic Bridges Discovered Between Neurons

[Biology Behind Brain Cell Communications]

For years now, we have known that the neurons in the human brain are responsible for almost everything that happens to the human body.

The reason being that these neurons are responsible for sending, receiving and responding to all the stimulus that the body receives from the senses.

This information is carried onward by chemicals called neurotransmitters, which are released by the neurons themselves in response to an electrical impulse called the action potential.

Therefore it is also understandable that as long as this process of information exchange to and from the neurons keeps going on in a natural manner, the body will also keep functioning properly.

The important thing to note about all these seemingly self evident truths that we just mentioned, is the fact that up until now, we hadn’t gotten around to proving this theory at all.

The reason behind the delay was the fact that this entire process happens on such a small level, that even the World’s Most Detailed Brain Map isn’t able to capture the actual design that makes all this happen.

Here is where researchers from the University of Maryland come in, who have just used Single Molecule Imaging to observe and identify the actual architecture of synapses, the junctions that are responsible for keeping the connection between neurons alive.

Through this method, they were able to study the structure of synapses between the neurons of a mouse, which leads them to believe that the same could easily be present in humans as well.

While they haven’t actually tested the brain of humans yet, the general consensus is that they will find similar structures responsible for helping the brain function the way it does.

Whether this assumption is true or not, only time will tell. For now, we can just enjoy the fact that we finally were able to see exactly what makes the brain tick.

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Category : Medical |
Posted on : 29 Aug 2016 @ 04:23

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