New study discovers powerful function of single protein that controls neurotransmission

New study discovers powerful function of single protein that controls neurotransmission - Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have discovered that the single protein -- alpha 2 delta -- exerts a spigot-like function, controlling the volume of neurotransmitters and other chemicals that flow between the synapses of brain neurons. The study shows how brain cells talk to each other through these signals, relaying thoughts, feelings and action, and this powerful molecule plays a crucial role in regulating effective communication. Reference: T. A. Ryan et al, Nature online: May 2012