A research has brought a new hope for the sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease. According to Mr. David Glanzmen, the professor of integrative biology and physiology, and his team, memories are not stored in synapses as it was thought earlier.
The researchers of this study said that nervous systems are able to generate lost connection of synapses and so it is possible to cure for memory loss if the connections of synapses are restored. Mr. David also thinks that it may be in the neuron of nucleus. Adding to this point, he said that though it is a quite tough job, but it is possible.
In this new study, the researchers had tested on a type of marine snails ‘Aplysia’ to analyze animal’s learning and memory. They observed a defensive response on the snails to protect from the potential harm.
To enhance the withdrawal reflexes, they had given several electrical shocks. After giving some series of shocks on its tail, they observed the enhanced withdrawal reflexes which indicate that the long-term memory.
According to them, the shocks lead to the release of serotonin hormone in the CNS (central nervous system). Mr. Glanzmen said that the release of serotonin hormone causes the growth of new synaptic connection, which in turn helps form the long-term memory. As the long-term memories are formed, the brain synthesizes proteins which is needed to make synapse.
Hopefully this study would find a proper solution to help the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease with further studies.