16 February 2018
Research on protein synthesis in the brain

A new brain in a month

Brain tissue, which consists primarily of proteins, completely regenerates in four to five weeks, according to researchers at the departments of Human Biology and Neurosurgery at Maastricht UMC+. The speed of protein synthesis in the brain was measured in six patients who underwent surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy. That speed was considerably higher in brain tissue than in muscle tissue, a finding that sheds new light on the capacity and flexibility of the brain and the role of protein synthesis in information processing.