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University of Michigan Health System

Diagram of Synapse Maturation Process

Caption: Two neighboring brain cells "talk" to one another by sending signals across a gap called a synapse. The more active the synapse during development, U-M researchers found, the more a protein called SIRP-alpha is cut loose from one cell, travels to the other, and helps stabilize the synapse for the future.

Credit: Umemori Lab, University of Michigan

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