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When the Brain's Got Rhythm

Immune Molecules Promote Memory Formation: Study

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, December 12, 2011
Researchers have discovered that two proteins best known for their roles in fighting infection play a role in cognitive processes, in particular in memory formation. The double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase, or PKR, and interferon gamma "are controlling, in the brain, the kind of processes that lead to memory formation," Mauro Costa-Mattioli told BioWorld Today.

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