Duke researchers discover bossy neuron

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Researchers at Duke University found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that can tell stem cells to make new neurons. The experiments, still in their early stages, show the brain may be able to repair itself from within.

In a study with mice, Chay Kuo, assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and pediatrics, worked with a team to learn about neurons that expressed the choline acetyltransferase enzyme, which makes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

The findings appeared June 1 online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.