Scientists have identified the molecule that is believed to be responsible for feelings of depression.
One of the world's most powerful x-ray machines has been used to discover the CRF1 protein receptor which is thought to be responsible for feelings of anxiety and depression over long periods of time. It works in relation to the hypothalamus, releasing hormones as and when it detects stress molecules. The research should help in the development of new and more effective anti-depressants.
"Now we know its shape, we can design a molecule that will lock into this crevice and block it so that CRF1 becomes inactive - ending the biochemical cascade that ends in stress," said scientist Dr Fiona Marshall.
"Scientists have used one of the world’s most powerful X-ray machines to identify the molecule responsible for feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression."
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