New Nicotine Vaccine to Help Smokers Overcome Their Addiction

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 13, 2015 at 4:07 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

A promising nicotine vaccine to help smokers overcome their addiction has been developed by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Researcher Kim Janda said, "This study provides new hope that one could make a nicotine vaccine that succeeds in clinical trials."
 New Nicotine Vaccine to Help Smokers Overcome Their Addiction
New Nicotine Vaccine to Help Smokers Overcome Their Addiction

Nicotine vaccines train the body to look at nicotine as a foreign invader. To prompt an immune response, scientists tried attaching nicotine derivatives called 'haptens' to a larger carrier protein used in other approved vaccines. The body reacts to the vaccine by creating antibodies that bind specifically to nicotine molecules. When a vaccinated person later consumes tobacco, the anti-nicotine antibodies stop the nicotine molecules from entering the central nervous system and reaching the brain. During this study, the researchers elicited a more robust antibody response by creating a vaccine from only left-handed nicotine haptens.

With the vaccine there would still be withdrawal symptoms. But, a person may be less motivated to relapse because the brain's reward system could no longer react to nicotine.

The study appears in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Source: Medindia

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Smoking And Cancer Smoking And Tobacco Cannabis Drug Abuse Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Drug Detox Cigarette Smoking - A Silent Killer Vaccination for Children Antioxidants to Help You When You Quit Smoking Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive