Sunlight Brightens Learning and Memory

Cell. 2018 Jun 14;173(7):1570-1572. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.05.044.


Sunlight can alter mood, behavior, and cognition, but the cellular basis of this phenomenon remains to be fully elucidated. In this issue of Cell, Zhu et al. shed light on a UV-dependent metabolic pathway that leads to increased synaptic release of glutamate and enhanced motor learning and memory in mice.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biosynthetic Pathways
  • Brain
  • Glutamic Acid*
  • Learning
  • Memory*
  • Mice
  • Sunlight


  • Glutamic Acid