Navigation Links
Brain Protein Tied to Retardation
Date:10/21/2009

Growth factor could help cells communicate with each other, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've gained new insight into how a growth factor -- a kind of protein that tells a cell what to do -- could lead to mental retardation.

The scientists hope their findings could lead to a new treatment.

Previous research has shown that there are unusual numbers of so-called dendritic spines in the brain cells of people with mental retardation. The shape of the spines is abnormal, too.

The spines help brain cells communicate with each other.

Baoji Xu, an associate professor in the pharmacology department at Georgetown University Medical Center, found in earlier research that a kind of growth factor known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor controls the number and shape of dendritic spines used in spatial learning and memory.

In a new study, Xu and fellow researchers showed that they were able to stop the growth factor from being transported to the dendritic spines in mice. Their finding was scheduled to be presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Oct. 17-21 in Chicago.

The researchers speculate that they may be on track toward developing a treatment for mental retardation based upon boosting the growth factors.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on developmental disabilities.



SOURCE: Georgetown University Medical Center, news release, Oct. 20, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
2. If Hearing Loss is Not Treated, Brain Can Forget How to Hear and Understand Speech
3. More research needed on blast induced traumatic brain injury and vestibular pathology
4. Brain Yields Up Clues to Language
5. VCU Medical Center Surgeons Use Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Movement Disorder Caused by Rare Pediatric Condition
6. Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
7. New Brain Stimulation Treatment May Offer Hope For Those With Treatment Resistant Depression
8. New brain stimulation treatment may offer hope for those with treatment resistant depression
9. Researchers report benefits of new standard treatment study for rare pediatric brain cancer
10. Physical activity in adolescence associated with decreased risk of brain cancer in adulthood
11. Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... met this week to review more than eighty-nine grant submissions all vying ... emerging young scientists in the Parkinson’s field.     , The American Parkinson Disease Association ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... , ... Amir Qureshi, MD is the first physician in Arkansas to implant ... The Nuvectra™ Algovita SCS System has been FDA approved as a treatment option for ... to introduce the most powerful SCS system and the only stretchable lead on the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... premium delicatessen foods, is sharing bold recipes for Memorial Day entertaining that are ... menus. , “Boar’s Head fresh sliced meats and cheeses featured in these ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After raising ... Antzy Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price on ... with stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy to ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Lowe acts as host and helps educate and inform the public using the “Informed” ... reconnect with America as it explores some of the best places to hike and ... inventive new place for a family vacation, and have discovered hiking. Many will agree ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2017)... , May 4, 2017  Fortuna Fix Inc. (" ... to be the first to eliminate the need for embryonic ... cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Fortuna ... with Professor Michael Fehlings , MD, PhD; Father ... , MD, MPH; and Professor James Giordano , PhD. ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... Israel , May 4, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. ... mobile health and big data solutions, today announced that ... A&D Company, and STI Technologies Limited to lower diabetes ... immediately. Through STI,s innoviCares card, which is available throughout ... , DarioHealth customers will be eligible for additional savings ...
(Date:5/3/2017)...  Kalorama Information notes that transplant diagnostics is ... and this is projected to continue to 2021. ... or bone marrow transplants require histocompatibility between the ... this task. This according to a new report ... various PCR-based methodologies, Sanger sequencing and NGS used ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: