According to a PNAS study, the RNAs of tick borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) are transported from the cell body to dendrites. The viral RNAs then reproduce the viruses within the dendrites, disturbing neural activity.
A new study reports researchers have discovered the mechanism which may cause learning disorders and memory problems as a result of the immune system's reaction to viral infections like HIV and flu.
Researchers report neurons in areas of the brain associated with memory formation can form networks in the absence of synaptic activity.
Researchers believe their findings could change the way scientists understand how the brain works.