Bad Mood Gene Found

The gene, the deletion of which improves mood, has been found by the researchers from the University of Maryland (USA).

During the experiment, they blocked the PKCI/HINT1 gene in laboratory mice and then examined their behavior. It turned out that the rodents deprived of the “sad” gene had a much better mood. Scientists suppose that the gene is responsible for the production of a yet unidentified protein having the effect opposite to endorphins and worsening the mood.

If the assumptions are true, in the nearest future the protein will become a target for the new-generation antidepressants. In the future, scientists will fight depression with gene therapy.