How the brain stays receptive
How the brain stays receptive: researchers examine the role of channel protein in learning.
The channel protein Pannexin1 keeps nerve cells flexible and thus the brain receptive for new knowledge.
Pannexins are abundant in the central nervous system of vertebrates Pannexins traverse the cell membrane of vertebrate animals and form large pored channels.
They are permeable for certain signalling molecules, such as the energy storage molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate).