Korean researchers find key cause of bipolar disorderArticles . Blog
A team of Korean researchers has found a key
element for bipolar disorder, which is known to cause severe shifts in mood and behavior.
The finding is expected to open new doors for both diagnosis and treatment.
Park Se-young has the details. Last September, a young man in Korea suffering
from bipolar disorder killed his grandmother and injured his father at home.
This is one of the more serious expressions of the mental illness, which is more often
associated with manic episodes. There was once a limit to both diagnosis and
treatment, but now, a team of Korean researchers has found a key cause behind bipolar disorder.
Without a specific protein, a problem occurs in nerve transmission, which leads to uncontrollable
excitement or depression. “In order to transmit signals, nerve cells
need to form dendritic spines. The absence of the key protein results in a dramatic change
in spinal formation, causing an imbalance in signal transmission.” When the researchers removed the protein in
mice, they showed manic behaviors resembling those exhibited by people with bipolar disorder. “By making the connection between the protein
and bipolar disorder, we were able to create animal models. With the models, we can test
various drugs and eventually create effective mood stabilizing drugs.” The researchers added that the protein not
only causes bipolar disorder, but also contributes to autism and obsessive compulsive disorder.
They expect their finding to open doors to new treatments for a variety of mental illnesses.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.
Written by Valentin Lakin
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