Cocaine can cause your brain to EAT itself, shocking new research has revealed

48.65% credibility
 
Related

Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio wins best actor for The Revenant

P45
280 points

Facebook rolls out expanded Like button reactions around the world

P45
304 points



Most recent

Guys, if your CV is in Times New Roman you're doing it all wrong

Stuff
544 points

In Successful Cancer Trial, Therapy "Dissolves" Stage IV Tumor in 3 Weeks

Good News
1338 points

Good-looking men are less likely to succeed in job interviews because they re seen as a threat

Lots of things
246 points

The 'Paralyzed Bride' Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate

Sam Sam
346 points

I Was So Confused When I Saw Him Cutting A Pint Of Ice Cream. Now I Want To Try It Myself!

Viral things
516 points
SHARE
TWEET
Cocaine can cause the brain to eat itself, new research reveals.

Cocaine can cause your brain to EAT itself, shocking new research has revealed

Experts found the drug can trigger out-of-control “autophagy” – a process by which cells literally digest themselves.

Almost one in 10 of all 16-to 59-year-olds have used cocaine in their lifetime. It is the second most widely used illegal drug in the UK behind cannabis.

Dr Prasun Guha, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US – who led the research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said: “A cell is like a household that is constantly generating trash.

“Autophagy is the housekeeper that takes out the trash – it’s usually a good thing.

"But cocaine makes the housekeeper throw away really important things, like mitochondria, which produce energy for the cell.”

Scientists carried out post-mortems which showed clear signs of autophagy-induced cell death in the brains of mice given high doses of cocaine.

They also found evidence of autophagy in the brain cells of mice whose mums received the drug while pregnant.

Fuente: www.mirror.co.uk
SHARE
TWEET
To comment you must log in with your account or sign up!
Featured content