10 May 2010, JellyBean @ 3:08 pm

Science has unlocked one of the doors to the human brain, allowing an entirely new insight into how the brain works.

Yeon-Kyun Shin, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at Iowa State University, has discovered that the protein called synaptotagmin1 (Syt1) is the sole trigger for the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.

The job of a neurotransmitter is to basically activate receptors, and essentially equates to brain activity. The responsibilities are limited to the connections that communicate with the neurotransmitter. For example, in the brain there are certain neurotransmitters that are key in dealing with the development of illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy and more.

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