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GABA reduziert die Stammzellenproduktion im Gehirn [Allgemein]
02 Sep 05

Langfristige Einschränkung der Neurogenese durch GABA-verstärkende Medikamente denkbar

GABA spielt offenkundig eine entscheidende Rolle, um ein unkontrolliertes Wachstum von Stammzellen im Gehirn zu verhindern bzw. die neuronale Erneuerung zu kontrollieren. Bei unkontrolliertem Wachstum könnten sonst Krebswucherungen entstehen.

Forschungsergebnisse lassen es jetzt aber als möglich erscheinen, dass eine Verstärkung der GABA-Funktion zu einer Einschränkung der Neurogenese (z. B. Bildung neuer Neuronen) führen kann.

Abstract:
GABA halts stem cell production in the brain.

New Haven, Conn.--Release of the neurotransmitter GABA by adult neuronal precursor cells that develop into neurons limits stem cell proliferation, according to a study at Yale School of Medicine in the September issue of Nature Neuroscience.
Tight regulation of new cell growth in the adult brain is critical since uncontrolled proliferation can lead to devastating diseases, such as cancer.

"The GABAergic signaling described in our paper allows a proper balance between stem cells and daughter cells, and prevents out-of-control proliferation of stem cells," said Angelique Bordey, assistant professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Cellular & Molecular Physiology, and senior author of the study. "The next question we would like to answer is what would happen if this signaling was disrupted in a living being."

Neural stem cells in the subventricular zone of the brain are thought to give rise to glioma, or brain tumors, when their proliferation is out of control, she said. "One of the goals of this line of research is to find ways to promote neurogenesis in a controlled manner, so identifying signaling pathways, factors and receptors that block or promote neurogenesis is very important," Bordey said. "These factors and receptors provide additional sites for pharmaceutical targets to promote neurogenesis and self-renewal of dying cells."

Alternatively, identifying negative GABAergic signaling on stem cell proliferation, as the researchers did in this study, suggests that any drugs that would enhance GABA's function may limit neurogenesis, she said.

"GABAergic drugs such as alcohol and benzodiazepines (some sleeping pills) have been used by a large number of individuals in our society and these drugs are expected to block stem cell proliferation," Bordey said. "Such an impact of these drugs on neurogenesis and brain function would be the next step to investigate."


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Anmerkung von migraeneinformation.de:
Fast alle modernen Antiepileptikas, die in der Migräneprophylaxe eingesetzt werden, verstärken die GABA-Funktion.

Siehe z. B. hier.

Die langfristigen Folgen einer dauerhaften Einnahme solcher Mittel sind auf Grund der obigen Resultate kaum vorhersehbar. Im Prinzip ist vorstellbar, dass das Gehirn dabei einen Teil seiner Regenerationsfähigkeit verliert.




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