Skip to comments.Neuroscientists Create Most Detailed Map Ever of Hippocampus
Posted on 10/12/2018 7:49:46 AM PDT by ETL
The human hippocampus sits at the base of the brain. It stores memories, helps regulate emotions and guides navigation by spatial processing.
Its the first part of the brain impaired by Alzheimers; hippocampus degeneration also can cause epilepsy and other diseases.
Like a new atlas, weve constructed the most detailed diagram of the hippocampus to date. With a better map, we can see each region and how it functions, said Dr. Michael Bienkowski, co-lead author of the study.
A better map is a resource scientists can use to better understand the hippocampus and how its degeneration leads to diseases.
Researchers can use the new map of the hippocampus to deliver genetically targeted drugs to specific neurons with fewer side effect, said Dr. Hong-Wei Dong, co-lead author of the study.
Dr. Bienkowski, Dr. Dong and co-authors worked on a mouse brain because its organized similar to a human brain.
The work is part of the Mouse Connectome Project, an effort that collects data about neural connections in the brain, sharing it publicly with researchers in more than 100 countries.
Scientists have known the basic four-part architecture of the hippocampus for a long time, they said.
Whats different now is we can show its sub-regions and how nerve cells interact across the structure.
Its a night-and-day difference, akin to seeing transmission lines and power poles slung across a city by day compared to fully illuminated at night.
This new visualization traces neural pathways and connections in remarkable detail using fluorescent dyes as tracers that reveal cells, neuron junctions and connections to the rest of the brain.
It totally changes our understanding by combining a wiring diagram with gene expression of the mouse hippocampus, Dr. Bienkowski noted.
We see it doing different things, and this gives us a new way to understand how the whole thing works together.
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Contact Dr. Ford!
I don’t see Brett Kavanaugh’s face seared into that hippocampus.
Yes, Dr. Ford was part of the research?
Let me know when they’ve mapped out my Medulla Oblongata...
"The same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now," Ford replied. "It's just basic memory functions, and also just the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that sort of as you know, that neurotransmitter encodes memories into the hippocampus so the trauma-related experience then is kind of locked there, whereas other details kind of drift."
And I thought it is a college for hippos.
When the removed my hippocampus the voices immediately stopped.
Well, I still hear them but I immediately forget what they said - or what I had for breakfast.
What was I talking about?
That was funny! Still laughing!!
Useful map if you want to know where they are camping.
Did they find indellible laughter?
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