Scientists at the Novosibirsk Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine for the first time managed to identify biological markers in blood tests that make it possible to identify patients prone to severe mental disorders.
We are talking, first of all, about manic-depressive psychosis, which leads to the destruction of personal relationships and even to suicide. According to statistics, the disease affects about 1, 4% of the world's inhabitants. Now, according to the research fellow of the institute Irina Alekseeva, one analysis is enough to determine the correct diagnosis and, accordingly, to select a treatment method.
The experiment was carried out on 10 patients with mental disorders and 10 healthy people. As a result, a direct relationship was established between the expression level of several proteins and the presence of neuropsychiatric diseases. In particular, people with bipolar disorder have lowered levels of 2 proteins. The former is responsible for fighting off infections, while the latter is responsible for transporting triiodothyronine, a hormone that causes thyroid disorders.