Trace amine-associated receptor 5 (TAAR5) to rewire your brain naturally: a new neurotransmitter system in adult neurogenesis

St Petersburg University researchers, led by Professor Raul R. Gainetdinov, Director of the Institute of Translational Biomedicine and Academic Supervisor of the St Petersburg University Hospital, have found a new role for recently discovered neurotransmitter system that uses the trace amine-associated receptor 5 (TAAR5) for neurotransmission. It has been observed that lack of TAAR5 in mice leads to a higher number of dopamine neurons and an increase in adult neurogenesis, i.e. the process by which new neurons are formed in the brain. The research findings are published in Neuropharmacology.  This may provide a new treatment opportunity for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Read more>>