Molecule repairs brain

Discovery could lead to better recovery after stroke
Monday, October 26, 2015

UCLA researchers identify molecule that signals brain tissue to form new connections

Carmichael

Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael, co-director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, and a team of researchers have identified a molecule that signals brain tissue to form new connections after a stroke.

The molecule previously had no known role in the adult brain.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience on October 26, could one day lead to a new treatment to promote brain repair in people who have suffered a stroke, which is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in adults.

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neurons

Neurons (in green) producing growth differentiation factor 10 (red), a molecule discovered by UCLA scientists that previously had no known role in the adult brain.