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Prions can be notoriously destructive, spurring proteins to misfold and interfere with cellular function as they spread without control. New research, published in the open access journal PLOS Biology, from scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research reveals that certain prion-like proteins, however, can be precisely controlled so that they are generated only in a specific time and place. These prion-like proteins are not involved in disease processes; rather, they are essential for creating and maintaining long-term memories.
To Create Long-Term Memories, Our Brains Must Properly Synchronize Prion-Like Proteins
Scientists have identified the proteins essential for creating and maintaining long-term memories. Moreover, they have discovered some act in a manner similar to prions while others function as regulators.
Researchers identify protein that initiates the formation of stable, long-term memories
…"This protein is not toxic; it's important for memory to persist," says Stowers researcher Kausik Si, who led the study. To ensure that long-lasting memories are created only in the appropriate neural circuits, Si explains, the protein must be tightly regulated so that it adopts its prion-like form only in response to specific stimuli. He and his colleagues report on the biochemical changes that make that precision possible.
Maybe there is a link to Alzheimers and these memory proteins?
Could this indicate that damaged memory could be 'restored' at a later date ...?
Have you ever heard Bruce Lipton Ph.D. ? He's been talking about protein formation and memory for a long time, He feels that consciousness resides in the interconnectivity between organisms, and that the way the proteins form is what carries much of our heritage, the interaction with the environment changes the protein formation, so to find a prion doing it doesn't surprise me. Once I found that we have more bacteria in our body than we do our own human cells my appreciation for the symbiosis of our existence increased dramatically.
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You may be interested in James DeMeo Ph. D. He has a grand theory about pagan religions, in line with your thread "Deciphering the Pagan Stones".
He's also the guy fighting to carry on the work of Wilhelm Reich. Reich claims to have discovered Orgone, which is an energy that envelops all life. He believed that emotional traumas that are suppressed are stored in the muscle. I think, I'm not an expert, but it sounds like what you were saying.
Also since this is in conspiracies, the case of Wilhelm Reich, it is well documented that the FDA banned and burned all his books.
And stupid question number 2, if you don't mind: are they only found in the brain? I'm thinking about therapists like Babette Rothschild who postulate that memories are held in the body, and can be triggered when we assume certain specific physical positions - like praying perhaps, or maybe the victim of assault, crouching. With new research indicating that we have a 'heart' brain and a 'gut' brain (similar cells found in each), I'm starting to re-read her work more intently. I'm wondering if these proteins are found elsewhere?
Prions Are Key to Preserving Long Term Memories
February 19, 2014 Prions can be notoriously destructive, spurring proteins to misfold and interfere with cellular function as they spread without control. New research, published in the open access journal PLOS Biology on February 11 2014, from scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research reveals that certain prion-like proteins, however, can be precisely controlled so that they are generated only in a specific time and place. These prion-like proteins are not involved in disease processes; rather, they are essential for creating and maintaining long-term memories.
Prions Important for Memories
The formation of long term memories employs the chain-forming habits of prions.
Most often associated with mad cow and other infectious diseases, prions have a bright side to them, too. A role for prions as memory-forming helpers is emerging, most recently supported by a study this month (February 11) in PLOS Biology revealing the proteins involved in regulating chain-forming prions in neurons.