Study finds protein in blood believed to be linked to depression

The process of aging is often related to the onset of neurological symptoms such as cognitive decline, memory loss or mood disorders such as depression. Previous studies have shown that the growth factor GDF11, a protein found in blood, has a beneficial effect on olfactory perception and on the generation of new cells in the brains of aged mice. However, the mechanism of action of GDF11 in the brain has remained unknown.

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