Breakthrough – Anxiety and Depression.

In Brain Disorders, Brain General Structure and Function, Brain Science by Brainy Days Ahead

Scientists in Finland and the U.S. have identified a new molecule that alleviates anxiety and depressive behavior in rodents. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that controls emotions and learning. A protein called JNK, when active, represses the generation of new neurons in the hippocampus. So by inhibiting JNK in newly generated hippocampus nerve cells, the researchers were able to alleviate anxiety and depressive behavior in mice.