Psychological Disorders can be Treated, Chilled-Out Mice Give a Solution
Who knew that treatment for human mental disorders could be found in chilled-out mice? But to some scientists this idea did strike. The researchers have been able to identify a brain receptor that malfunctions in hostile mice. This receptor can also be found in humans. The scientists have been able to basically shut down this receptor. The research was conducted at the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy.
The researchers found that reduction in the congenital deficiency of the enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO A) resulted in mice and humans responding aggressively. The researchers found that rodents lacking this enzyme make them less angry. The pathological aggression has been found to be the common component of many psychological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Now the researchers are focusing on the studying drugs that can reduce the activity of aggressive receptors and thus help people in their treatment of psychological disorders.
It is commonly a held belief that when a person is angry, he or she is out of their reasoning ability. Another interesting thing to note would be the triggering of such aggressive receptors from external stimuli. The researchers are further studying pharmacological tools and therapeutic regiments which can help to administer and stabilize the deficits of this receptor. If people could be made less angry through this, a lot of the problems that arise will be reduced. Also, those who suffer from mental illnesses can also get a better cure.