Journal article

Neurobiology of BDNF in fear memory, sensitivity to stress, and stress-related disorders

Michael Notaras, Maarten van den Buuse

Molecular Psychiatry | SPRINGERNATURE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is widely accepted for its involvement in resilience and antidepressant drug action, is a common genetic locus of risk for mental illnesses, and remains one of the most prominently studied molecules within psychiatry. Stress, which arguably remains the "lowest common denominator" risk factor for several mental illnesses, targets BDNF in disease-implicated brain regions and circuits. Altered stress-related responses have also been observed in animal models of BDNF deficiency in vivo, and BDNF is a common downstream intermediary for environmental factors that potentiate anxiety- and depressive-like behavior. However, BDNF's broad functionality has manif..

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