Neurons Can Be Controlled Using Substance Found In Anti-Smoking Drugs

Neurons can be affected in humans due to many different causes. Diseases, genetics, substances used and other lifestyles can definitely affect your neurons. The neurons are the particles responsible to the transport of data through your neurological system.

A new study conducted on neurons has showed that it can be regulated and controlled using an anti-smoking drug. This is due to the fact that the substances found in the drug connects with proteins which controls the messages sent by neuron. Scientists are trying to control these ion channels; making it similar to an on and off switch controlling neurons movement.

Led by Scott Sternson, a team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus were the discoverers of the phenomena. The results and study were published in the Science journal.

Dr. Sternson explains the process of chemogenetics saying, “often use molecules that would not be appropriate for human therapy. It’s still many steps to the clinic, but we’re trying to shorten that route. These are the most potent chemogenetic receptors described so far. Even low doses of varenicline – well below the level used for smoking cessation can have a big effect on neural activity.”

Chemogenetics is already a common method used for a long time. This was used by the team to help control neurons. It was successful when used on rats in the labs. It has already been tried with humans and is deemed safe and approved for human.