UCLA researchers have compiled a comprehensive picture of cell diversity within the amygdala, a region of the brain involved in regulating emotion and heavily implicated as a brain region involved in depression. Weizhe Hong, senior study author and assistant professor of biological chemistry and neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, uncovered the diversity in cell types in the amygdala and studied the role of the different kinds of cells. This research revealed a higher level of cell diversity in the amygdala than anticipated. Hong and his team have developed a novel method of linking brain-cell types to specific behavioral functions. The researchers utilized this method to identify 16 specific cell types involved in stress-related behavior. In the future, the researchers hope to investigate how cell types in the brain influence behaviors that are linked with mental disorders.
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