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Improved Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders

January 04, 2019 / Purdue University

Helping people with addictions have become a research passion for Purdue University's Richard van Rijn, who is leading a team to make drug discoveries to support millions around the world dealing with alcohol use disorders, chronic pain, and mood disorders. "These disorders are currently not adequately managed," said van Rijn, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. "Better medications that take a more holistic approach and produce fewer side effects will be beneficial. We have discovered that two peptides - which are naturally metabolic products of Rubisco, a large protein found in many plants like spinach - may aid in the development of these new medications." This discovery by the Purdue team provides a new avenue for the development of medications that provide therapeutic relief for a patient without causing unwanted side effects. The discovery is published in Dec. 24 edition of European Neuropsychopharmacology.
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