Navigation Links
Science Finds Way to Block Booze's Effect -- in Worms
Date:7/16/2014

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who created worms that can't get drunk say their research could lead to new ways to treat people with drinking problems.

The research team inserted a modified human alcohol target into the worms. An alcohol target is a nervous system molecule that binds alcohol. There are many types of these molecules.

"This is the first example of altering a human alcohol target to prevent intoxication in an animal," corresponding author Jon Pierce-Shimomura, an assistant professor in the College of Natural Sciences and Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a university news release.

Pierce-Shimomura even suggested that this target could be used to develop a "James Bond"-type spy drug that could allow someone to outdrink an opponent without feeling the effects of alcohol.

An important feature of the modified alcohol target -- called the BK channel -- used in this study is that the mutation only changes the response to alcohol. It doesn't affect other important functions such as regulating the activity of nervous system cells, blood vessels, the bladder and the respiratory tract.

"We got pretty lucky and found a way to make the channel insensitive to alcohol without affecting its normal function," Pierce-Shimomura said.

The research could lead to the development of drugs to treat alcoholism.

"Our findings provide exciting evidence that future pharmaceuticals might aim at this portion of the alcohol target to prevent problems in alcohol abuse disorders," he said. "However, it remains to be seen which aspects of these disorders would benefit."

The study was published online July 15 in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Scientists note that research involving animals often fails to produce similar effects on humans.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

SOURCE: University of Texas at Austin, news release, July 15, 2014

--


'/>"/>
Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Miraca Life Sciences’ PathConnect System Achieves ONC HIT 2014 Edition Modular EHR Certification from ICSA Labs
2. Interactive Solar Exhibit at LEGOLAND Teaches Children Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Skills
3. Seven Healthcare Startups Selected to Participate in University City Science Center’s First Digital Health Accelerator
4. Americas Transcatheter Heart Valves Market 2020 Forecasts in New Research Report at LifeScienceIndustryResearch.com
5. Retired Ann Arbor Physician and Professor Wields New Media to Teach Health Science
6. Global Cognitive Assessment & Training Market: 27.3% CAGR to 2018 Says a New Research Report Available at LifeScienceIndustryResearch.com
7. Study of dermatology on YouTube shows new ways science reaches public
8. UMMS scientist named 2014 Pew Latin American Fellow in the biomedical sciences
9. Science and engineering stars shine
10. Crescendo Bioscience to present multiple studies at 2014 EULAR Meeting
11. New from Garland Science -- now available: Genetics and Genomics in Medicine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Science Finds Way to Block Booze's Effect -- in Worms
(Date:6/26/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The ... centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for Research ... June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR experts ... planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will be ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over ... Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... A recent article published June 14 on E Online ... on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not only ... calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... has announced the addition of the " Global ... This report ... provides an updated review, including its applications in various ... total market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June ... -based mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to ... devices developed by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. ... done in hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ... , can get any needed testing done in the comfort of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher to ... Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was also ... and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member of ... expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in connection ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: