Depression gene identified

Dhaka,  Fri,  28 July 2017
Published : 09 Jul 2017, 13:33:52
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Depression gene identified

A new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, shows that a particular gene may be responsible for amplifying or reducing stress, depending on its level of activity and thus, triggering the risk of depression. This particular gene is known as Slc6a15 and its link with depression has been found in both animals and humans.

The study throws light on how the levels of this gene can affect one’s mood. For the study, the team conducted experiments using a mice model and also looked at the brains of humans who had a history of major depression and those who had committed suicide. Their findings suggest that people with altered levels of this gene in certain brain regions may have a much higher risk for depression and other emotional disorders related to stress.

However, it is not clear exactly how Slc6a15 works in the brain. Researchers speculate that it alters the levels of neurotransmitters levels in the brain which had been proved by other studies too.

Brain health not only depends on environmental factors such as these but lifestyle and diet also play an important role in it. Brain works in mysterious ways and how body feels is actually decided by the master-mind, according to a media report.

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