Study: Brain diseases connected to protein defects

July 5, 2010 For the first time ever, doctors at Britain's Cambridge University were able to map the protein structure of human synapses or nerve cell connections in the brain.

They found 1,500 proteins in each synapse, each encoded with a gene.

Researchers were able to link defects in the proteins to specific diseases.

The findings are being presented Monday at the forum for European Neuroscience in Amsterdam.

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