How Neurons Find Their Place
Published in Brain/Neurology.
Source: Using an advanced microscopy technique, researchers discovered the role adhesion molecules play in guiding neurons into their correct location.
In a new study, Yale researchers used an advanced microscopy technique that allowed them to follow a single neuron in the embryo of a worm as it found its neurological home.
The research team, led by Titas Sengupta, working in the lab of Daniel Colón-Ramos, the Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, found that adhesion molecules grab onto neurons which then are essentially pulled into a specific layer or neighborhood and are “zippered” into place.