Ecstasy may trigger gene-linked depression

 作者:真铜     |      日期:2019-03-02 07:18:02
IF YOU have a family history of depression, you should probably think twice about taking ecstasy. The drug appears to trigger depression in people with a genetic susceptibility to the condition. Ecstasy tricks neurons into dumping large quantities of the mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin into the brain. It is thought to work by causing serotonin transporters to reverse direction, pumping serotonin out of neurons instead of sucking it back in. There are two versions of the serotonin transporter gene,