Neurobiologists identify ‘Switch’ for long term memory

An image dispalying the ‘Switch’ for long term memory

Neurobiologists from Heidelberg College identified calcium supplement inside cellular nucleus to be a mobile “switch” liable for the actual long-term ram. While using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to be the study model, Prof. Christoph Schuster and Prof. Dr. Hilmar Bading investigated how the brain learns. The scientists were actually looking for the signals in the brain that were responsible for building up long-term memory and forming the special proteins involved. Research team from Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences (IZN) measured nuclear calcium supplement levels by tagging fluorescent proteins that were involved in the association and learning centers of the insect’s brain to investigate the changes occurring during the learning process.

Approximately 600 million years ago the evolutionary similarities have been taken among insects and humans like memory in spite of this considerable gap. These commonalities indicate that the formation of long-term memory is an ancient phenomenon already present in the shared ancestors of insects and vertebrates.

Science Daily, July 8, 2013

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