News tagged with receptors

Seeking the causes of hyperactivity

The 60 trillion cells that comprise our bodies communicate constantly. Information travels when chemical compounds released by some cells are received by receptors in the membrane of another cell. In a paper ...

Apr 25, 2014
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Wiring for smell sets up early, then persists

To accommodate a lifetime of scents and aromas, mammals have hundreds of genes that each produce a different odorant receptor. The complex and diverse olfactory system they build remains adaptable, but a ...

Apr 10, 2014
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Switching off anxiety with light

Receptors for the messenger molecule serotonin can be modified in such a way that they can be activated by light. Together with colleagues, neuroscientists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) report on ...

Apr 07, 2014
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