Published: 08-Aug-2020 | Published By: Market Research Store
New research has shown researchers to test the effect of oxytocin on the brain tissue in the laboratory. This hormone was found to reverse the effect of a toxic protein linked with Alzheimer’s disease on brain cells. Oxytocin was found to restore the cells’ plasticity which is a process necessary for memory and learning. Hypothalamus is where the hormone oxytocin originates and it is found to play an important role in breastfeeding, childbirth, and social bonding. Furthermore, this hormone is found to trigger romantic attachment and it is generally released during sexual activity. Thus, this is how it has earned its name the “love hormone.”
Additionally, this hormone has shown to prove effective in treating autism and social anxiety. However, its effect on memory has not yet been discovered, thereby making way for this new study to provide some evidence against the hormone’s effect on long-term spatial learning and memory. Recently, the Tokyo University of Science and Kitasato University researchers are testing the effects of chemical in protecting nerve cells during the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
There are around 5.5 Million people affected with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. alone. The memory and cognitive decline in the Alzheimer’s patients progresses due to the accumulation of beta-amyloid, which is a toxic protein in the brain. Moreover, studies have shown the injecting synthetic beta-amyloid to have a negative impact on memory and learning. The memory is usually formed in the hippocampus which is damaged by the toxic protein in the Alzheimer’s patients. But, the scientists have shown perfusion of the brain cells from the hippocampi with beta-amyloid to stop long-term potentiation (LTP) and thereby, reducing cells’ plasticity. Likewise, oxytocin was found to be effective in restoring the nerve cells’ plasticity. The love hormone’s potential to treat memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease seems promising as there are no therapies to treat dementia till date.
Market Research Store has published a report on global oxytocin market. This report offers all the details associated with the market dynamics and future scope after thorough qualitative and quantitative market analysis.
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