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Lonely brains make less myelin

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The brains of socially isolated animals make less myelin, the critical material that wraps the axons of neurons.

“This research reveals for the first time a role for myelin in adult psychiatric disorders,” says Karen Dietz of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“It demonstrates that plasticity in the brain is not restricted to neurons, but actively occurs in glial cells, such as the oligodendrocytes, which produce myelin.”

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