Scientists have been able to identify a structural protein that will help diagnose and treat depressive conditions. It is called tubulin. Its peculiarity lies in the possibility of detecting signalling molecules, which leads to a decrease in messaging in the brain. Studying the causes and characteristics of depressive states, scientists drew attention to tubulin, believing that it may be a new point in the diagnosis and treatment of depression.
Tubulin plays an important role in many cellular processes. But it is also directly related to depression. Tubulin has a modified form, it attaches the protein to lipid rafts, and fatty structures appear in the cell membrane. If a person suffers from a depressive disorder, the protein lingers in lipid rafts and cannot cause the production of an important molecule necessary for quick messaging in the brain.
They created a computer model, which helps scientists understand the causes of depression, suggested that patients with a disorder of such molecules are much smaller than those whose molecules do not change.
But this situation can be corrected with the help of competent treatment. A study showed that a person with depression has a small amount of modified protein in the brain. The less this protein, the worse you feel.
They analyzed the facts of causing harm to their health by people who were depressed. It turned out that their protein level was extremely low. Almost absent this protein in those people who committed suicide.