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Princeton Gene Discovery Offers Hope for Preserving Memory

By    |   Monday, 26 January 2015 03:59 PM

Researchers have identified new genes that govern long-term memory, offering hope for new treatments that will preserve brain function.
 
Princeton University scientists have identified 750 genes involved in long-term memory which could serve as targets for future aging research, they said.
 
The newly pinpointed genes are "turned on" by a molecule known as CREB (cAMP-response element-binding protein), a factor known to be required for long-term memory in many organisms, including worms and mice.
 
"There is a pretty direct relationship between CREB and long-term memory, and many organisms lose CREB as they age,” said Coleen Murphy, an associate professor of molecular biology at Princeton.
 
To identify the genes, the researchers first instilled long-term memories in worms by training them to associate meal-time with a butterscotch smell.
 
By scanning the genomes of both trained worms and non-trained worms, they found the genes that were activated by CREB.
 
Further research is planned, said Murphy, nothing, "We want to know, are there ways to extend memory, and eventually, we would like to ask, are there compounds that could maintain memory with age?”
 
 

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