A group of researchers from McGill University found in human brain cells, reducing the degree of the effects of cocaine on the body. Soon may be a new effective method of getting rid of cocaine addiction.
Special brain cells to protect the nervous system from pathological changes associated with cocaine use. In contact with chemicals in the brain, they trigger the mechanism to maintain neural connections. One of the key roles in this process is the tumor necrosis factor.
Scientists talk about the mechanism of action of cocaine. This substance increases the activity of microglia, causing her to distinguish inflammatory compounds. In consequence this response protects neurons from death.
During the experiment, laboratory universities were administered the drug, stimulating the production of tumor necrosis factor. As a result, the effects of cocaine in animals decreased as the consequences of the introduction of the drug.