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Experimental Anticancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia

by Sheela Philomena on  April 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
In mice, experimental cancer drug reverses behaviors associated with schizophrenia, reveals study.

According to Johns Hopkins researchers, the drug was able to restore some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental illness.
 Experimental Anticancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia
Experimental Anticancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia
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The drug, which is of a class of compounds known as PAK inhibitors, was able to partially restore disabled neurons so they could connect to other nerve cells.

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The scientists found that compound, called FRAX486, appears to halt an out-of-control biological "pruning" process in the schizophrenic brain during which important neural connections are unnecessarily destroyed.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: ANI
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