TIFR researchers discover a novel function of serotonin

In a surprising discovery, TIFR researchers have found a novel function for serotonin — generation of new mitochondria in neurons, increased cellular respiration and ATP production. The team found that serotonin reduces reactive oxygen species, thus providing neuroprotection against cellular stress. In a surprising discovery, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai … Continue reading TIFR researchers discover a novel function of serotonin

Neural mechanism behind stinging by honeybees unravelled

Part of an international team, a researcher from IISc has unravelled the neuro-molecular mechanism of social defence by honeybees when exposed to isoamyl acetate, the main component in the alarm pheromone. The level of serotonin and dopamine in the honeybee brain increases in response to isoamyl acetate, thereby increasing the stinging behaviour in bees. Bees are … Continue reading Neural mechanism behind stinging by honeybees unravelled