Potential role of mitochondria in stress responses revealed

Written by Alice Weatherston

A recent study exploring the role of mitochondria in the response to mild stress has highlighted potentially broad implications for psychological and neurological conditions. The research carried out in mice indicated that changes in mitochondrial function could lead to psychological alterations in hormonal, metabolic and behavioral systems in response to mild stress. The findings were published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was carried out by Douglas Wallace (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), who has over 40 years of experience investigating genetics of mitochondria and their role in health and disease. During the investigation,...

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