Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

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Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby Julie G » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:12 am

Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration? That’s what British scientists are suggesting based upon some impressive mice studies. Trazadone (already FDA approved as a depression, anxiety, sleeping aid) seems to protect neurons from assault, such as viruses, which would normally cause the neurons to die. BBC medical journalists do a great of breaking down the science in this FaceBook live event. You can see the press release here and the paper below:

Repurposed drugs targeting eIF2α-P-mediated translational repression prevent neurodegeneration in mice
https://academic.oup.com/brain/article/ ... P-mediated

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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby ru442 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:15 am

You beat me to this LOL! Was gonna post but you did a much better job researching than I..... and this is just fascinating if it plays out.
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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby Julie G » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:34 am

You're too kind, RU. I actually count on YOU for breaking news :D.

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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby circular » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:47 pm

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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby ajc » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:59 pm

Sounds promising in some way but a quick look at the side effects is a touch worrying to say the least.

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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby circular » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:16 pm

Juliegee wrote:Trazadone ... seems to protect neurons from assault, such as viruses, which would normally cause the neurons to die.

I was looking for the part where they talk about viruses but didn't find it, so unless I'm missing it, this is just to say that the article and Facebook coverage don't mention protection from viruses specifically, but hopefully viruses will be among the types of assault Trazadone protects from if it works in people. Do I have that right?
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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby Julie G » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:44 pm

Hey, Circ- I got the virus angle from the FaceBook live event. At the 2 minute mark they start talking about viruses setting off the cascade that causes the neuron to die. From the PR:
The novel approach is focused on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain cells.
When a virus hijacks a brain cell it leads to a build-up of viral proteins.
Cells respond by shutting down nearly all protein production in order to halt the virus's spread.

This is potentially huge (if it translates to humans) given Rudy Tanzi's recent work finding that viruses and biotoxins are triggers for abeta.

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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby circular » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:06 pm

Thanks! That 2 min mark was when I sneezed! ;-) Amazing stuff this viruses/AD axis. Started my BEG spray yesterday...
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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby SusanJ » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:51 am

Just wanted to note that trazadone is not recommended for anyone with bipolar disorder. It's antidepressant effects will worsen bipolar symptoms.

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Re: Could Trazadone protect the brain from neurodegeneration?

Postby aphorist » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:31 am

Seems like some kind of a solution but downstream from the actual problem. Trazodone didn't change prion load in the animals. The mis-folded proteins are there. I wonder if prazosin or another a1-blocker would be as effective at shutting down the hyper active PERK/elf2a response.

Something to watch.


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