A team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, had already discovered that these plants contain a substance that affects the mechanisms at work in the brain for depression. Now they come to see that this compound may also cross the blood-brain barrier, one of the main challenges in developing new drugs.
“The blood vessels of the brain often remain impermeable to most substances. It is therefore very important to discover that they can cross this line of defense, “said the lead author of the study, Birger Brodin.
However, requires several years of additional research before this new compound could lead to a drug. “This is the beginning of a long process, and it will take time before reaching determine which particular substance could be used to develop a new treatment,” said Professor Brodin.
The results of this work were published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.