Discovered a previously unknown mechanism of action of antidepressants

A German scientist was suddenly able to explore new mechanism of action of these drugs, which opens up new possibilities for medicine.

Several decades, scientists and doctors believed that the mechanism of action of antidepressants known completely. However, scientists from the University hospital of Freiburg (Germany) in experiments with laboratory animals managed to discover a previously unknown but crucial new mechanism. Reported by the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Previously it was assumed that antidepressants only slow down the destruction of the neurotransmitter serotonin, deficiency of which is a frequent cause of depression. However, it turned out that these drugs also block transport of calcium in nerve cells in the brain. Due to this, the neurons can more easily form connections with other nerve cells. The involvement in neural networks helps to better adapt to new pathogens and stresses. Recent studies have shown that this ability is reduced in people suffering from depression.