A new study published in the journal Neuron may offer insight into why some people are more predisposed to depression than others. The research reveals a complex molecular mechanism that is associated with chronic stress, which may help further depression treatment in the long term.
“Many individuals exposed to stressful events do not show signs or symptoms of depression,” says Dr. Yoshifumi Watanabe, a senior study author. “However, some individuals exposed to psychological stress are predisposed to major depression. Thus far, the molecular mechanisms underlying the susceptibility and adaptation to chronic stress within the brain are poorly understood.”
Research was conducted by manipulating the genes of laboratory mice so that one group would resist stress better than the other. Scientists found that the stress-vulnerable mice showed a lower expression of a particular neural function that is often linked with depression. They were effectively treated through the use of antidepressants.
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