Gut hormone blocks brain cell formation and is linked to Parkinson’s dementia, Swansea Research reveals – Swansea University

Brain scans: the research team focused on the gut hormone acyl-ghrelin (AG), which is known to promote brain cell formation

 
A gut hormone, ghrelin, is a key regulator of new nerve cells in the adult brain, a Swansea-led research team has discovered. It could help pave the way for new drugs to treat dementia in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

Blood-borne factors such as hormones regulate the process of brain cell formation – known as neurogenesis – and cognition in adult mammals.

The research team focused on the gut hormone acyl-ghrelin (AG), which is known to promote brain cell formation. A structure change to the hormone results in two distinct forms: AG and unacylated-ghrelin (UAG).

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