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The medicine "Hormone of Love"

Scientists have investigated a promising drug in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Author: Vishnevskaya Karina

Translator: Turarova Aiym

Editor: Kigbaeva Kamila


      Alzheimer's disease is characterized by an accumulation of beta-amyloid protein. These clusters interfere with the activity of neurons and cause their degeneration.


      The University of Tokyo has found that the "love hormone" oxytocin (which induces feelings of trust, love) can reverse the disturbances in the hippocampus (the brain's memory center) caused by exposure to beta-amyloid protein.


      The researchers tested oxytocin in the hippocampus of mice. It turned out that the hormone facilitated the course of certain chemical processes in cells, which are important for enhancing neuronal signaling potential and the formation of memory, thereby neutralizing the harmful effect of amyloid beta on the synaptic activity of the hippocampus. According to scientists, oxytocin may form the basis of new drugs for Alzheimer's disease.