A protein in the membrane of our sensory neurons is involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, according to a new study. The finding lays the foundation for the development of powerful new analgesic drugs, researchers report. The research is the first to show that TACAN, a highly conserved protein among vertebrates whose function… Read more

Viruses interact with proteins in the biological fluids of their host which results in a layer of proteins on the viral surface, research from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet shows. This coat of proteins makes the virus more infectious and facilitates the formation of plaques characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. “Imagine a… Read more

Brain temperature is implicated in many common conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and headaches. Changes in brain temperature can indicate there is a disease developing, but researchers have struggled to measure it. The use of conventional thermometers is very invasive, and remote measuring techniques are blunt and often inaccurate. But a… Read more

The protein β-arrestin-2 increases the accumulation of neurotoxic tau tangles, a cause of several forms of dementia, by interfering with removal of excess tau from the brain, a new study from the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine reports. The USF Health researchers discovered that a form of the protein… Read more

A new role for a gene that’s associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment is revealed in a new study led by UCLA. “This discovery really broadens the scope of where we think Foxp1 is important. And this gives us an expanded way of thinking about how its mutation affects patients,” said… Read more