MDC Scientists discover a second gene for serotonin synthesis
What makes sure that we are in a good mood, regulates our sleep, appetite, blood pressure and our gut motility ? It’s the hormone serotonin. But what happens if the body is no longer able to make any more serotonin? This is the question that has been investigated by scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch in collaboration with researchers at the Free University (FU) of Berlin und the Humboldt University of Berlin (HUB). Their research has led to the discovery of a new gene, the product of which is responsible for serotonin synthesis in the brain.