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The gut-brain axis communication and its relationship with the neurological disorders

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“We are what we eat”. These well-known words, widely used by nutritionists, date back to Ludwig Feuerbach, a German philosopher of XIX century that focused on the needs of the human body to be properly fed, in contrast with the dominant way of thinking of his age that gave priority to feed the souls. May […]

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MR imaging detects metabolic alterations in brain of ADHD subjects

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The attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neuropsychiatric disorder in children and adolescents. It may persist until the adult age in 30-50% of cases. Among the characteristic traits of the ADHD, there can be found the propensity for risk-taking and the inclination to the abuse of substances and to the gambling. The subjects […]

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Microtubule transport system: a highway between neuronal cell body and synapses

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Neuronal cells have developed a characteristic shape, which causes that the distance between the cell body and the synapses is often very long. Therefore, they have a complex and efficient system to transport many proteins from the center to the periphery, and vice versa. The process of transport of proteins from the cell body to […]

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Brain lactate levels increase in adolescents with depression

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The Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is an important issue for public health. It often appears during the adolescence, and, among the related consequences, suicide is the second cause of death in this age group. Despite its social relevance, however, MDD is far to be understood, and there is some lack of information about its early […]

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Disruption of active zone affects synaptic vesicles only partially

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The active zones are specific sites of presynaptic terminals where the docking and the release of synaptic vesicles occur. They are complex, organized protein structures that anchor synaptic vesicles to the plasma membrane. Once bound to the active zone and docked to the plasma membrane, synaptic vesicles can properly respond to the changes of action […]

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