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4:31 PM  December 12, 2019

Tomsk scientists look for marker proteins indicating depression

© РИА Томск. Яков АндреевTomsk scientists look for marker proteins indicating depression

TOMSK, Dec 12 – RIA Tomsk. Scientists of Tomsk Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI) are looking for marker proteins that will help doctors diagnose bipolar affective disorder and depression by blood tests, the website of innovative organizations of the Tomsk region reported on Thursday.

"Now the diagnosis to patients is made on the basis of a survey: a psychiatrist talks with a patient, describes the appearance, pace of speech, mood, facial expressions and other signs. If we can find marker protein, we can take a person’s blood and help the doctor make a diagnosis. <...> An erroneous diagnosis can worsen the patient’s quality of life", – an employee of Tomsk Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI) Alexander Seregin is quoted.

It is specified that the human body has a certain protein composition, which reflects its current state and is constantly changing depending on various factors. For example, when a cell breaks down, the protein enters the bloodstream and can be detected by analysis. The idea of ​​Tomsk scientists is to find a protein that can serve as a diagnostic marker for bipolar affective disorder.

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It is also added that right now there are approximately 50 patients with bipolar disorder and the same number with depression remain under care of MHRI. Scientists examine their blood serum and make a table of the proteins that are found in it. They have to collect and process a large amount of data: science knows about fifty thousand proteins. The study is carried out together with specialists of Orekhovich Research Institute of Biomedical Chemistry.

It was previously reported that according to World Health Organization (WHO) 4-7% of the world's population suffers from depression. Repeated episodes of depression occur in approximately 60% of patients, and up to 15% of patients are taken their own lives. Worldwide, 350 million people suffer from depression. According to forecasts, by 2020, depression will take the second place in the ranking of socially significant diseases, and by the middle of the XXI century – the first.

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