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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What do exercise and electroconvulsive therapy have in common?

Both increase the exercise regulated gene for producing VGF a neuropeptide precursor. The administration of synthetic VGF-derived peptide produces a robust antidepressant effect in mice. Blocking the gene for VGF inhibited the effect of exercise and induced depressive-like behavior in the mice.

This information further supports the benefit of exercise and provides a novel target for the development of new antidepressants with a different mode of action than the ones now being used.

From Science Daily

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