Scientists Find Cure for Alcoholism?

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    • Apr 2023
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    Scientists Find Cure for Alcoholism?

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    July 31, 2023 – his is largely to do with what’s known as mesolimbic dopamine (DA) signalling – meaning how the central nervous system circuit communicates the feelgood neurotransmitter dopamine.
    A protein called glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is key to keeping these neurons in this reward circuitry functioning.
    However, experts have found that levels of GDNF are reduced in people with AUD during periods of alcohol abstinence, most notably in a region of the brain called the ventral tegmental area (VTA), as IFLScience notes.
    Therefore, the researchers decided to test whether using gene therapy to deliver more GDNF to the VTA could help reinforce this crucial dopaminergic signalling and prevent patients from suffering an alcoholic relapse. 
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