New research from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine indicates that morphine and cocaine addictions have the opposite effect in the brain regarding the release of a particular protein. This protein, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), is increased in cocaine addiction and inhibited in morphine addiction. BDNF is key to several functions in the brain and related nervous system. It makes new nerve cells and helps continue the survival of existing ones. It also activates reward centers in the brain. Although further research is needed, scientists hope that by identifying the genes responsible for stimulating the brain’s reward centers, they may be able to understand how to prevent addiction.
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