Serotonin boosts neuronal powerplants protecting against stress

Research from the Vaidya and Kolthur-Seetharam groups (TIFR) shows that the neurotransmitter serotonin enhances the production and functions of neuronal mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, and protect against stress. This study (Fanibunda et al., 2019) published in PNAS, identifies a previously unknown role for serotonin in regulating neuronal energetics. This has important implications for the stress buffering effects of serotonin, and identifies novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.
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