In exciting research news, a recent study by a group of doctors including Dr. Ya-Ping Tang, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSUHSC, has linked the transgene CCKR-2 to adult-onset post-traumatic stress disorder.
This discovery provides a link between genetics and environment and opens the possibility for prevention of the disorder through “manipulation of a certain neurotransmitter system in the brain during the stage of traumatic exposure” according to articles in EurekAlert! and WWL. View the full text of the research piece, “Temporal association of the elevated cholecystokininergic tone and adolescent trauma is critical for posttraumatic stress disorder-like behavior in adult mice,” here in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the United States of America.
Link to the pdf of the article is available to LSUHSC faculty, staff & students. It can be accessed off-campus with a valid LSUHSC library barcode & PIN. You can find more information at our remote access webpage.