Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry
MicroRNAs – small but remarkable!
Abteilung für Stress Neurobiologie und Neurogenetik
SummaryMicroRNAs regulate the activity of genes in our cells. Thus, in nerve cells of the brain, they influence our behavior or our reaction to the environment – two processes that are disturbed in psychiatric diseases. Now microRNAs have been discovered, which for instance act as our body’s own antidepressant or allow an adequate reaction to stressful situations. Better understanding of the role of microRNAs in psychiatric disorders will help to develop new diagnostics or treatment approaches.