Neurbiological mechanism behind anorexia/self starvation found in mouse
October 25, 2011
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have found inborn traits in mice, which might explain why some individuals are more prone to develop anorexia/self starvation than others. A study showing that genetic defects in the cells power plant, the mitochondria, might cause the neurons in the feeding center of the brain to die, when they are exposed to starvation, is published today in the scientific journal PNAS.
A study from Karolinska Institutet, performed in mice, shows that anorexia/self starvation could be associated with genetic defects causing malfunction of the cells power plants, the mitochondria. The study shows that this mitochondrial defect might make the neurons in the feeding center of the brain extra sensitive to oxidative stress, a biochemical reaction caused by free radicals. The researchers observed that these nerve cells are shut down and might even die.
Another green bottle falls off the wall for the psykes.
Seriously though my ex-wife developed bulemia and I wonder sometimes if there was connection between it and ME. It is interesting that they are saying dysfunctioning mtochondria could be to blame.