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What does it mean to "spare dopamine"? As mentioned in the above COMT discussion. Not use it? Not create it?  ..more

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To learn more about COMT Gene:
Dr. Richard Deth PhD

Dr. Jill James PhD
1) http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.ed... (2006 lectures, please scroll down for oxidative Stress Lecture as well).

2) http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.ed... (2010 Lecture Methylation/Oxidative stress).

#MTHFR #Lithium
Lithium has been known for years to be useful for #bipolar disorder. Despite all that is known about lithium and its impact on biochemical pathways, no one has defined the mechanism by which lithium has its impact on bipolar disorder. It is likely to be an effect on multiple pathways. There are a number of enzymes in the body that are known to be impacted and inhibited by lithium.

Lithium comes together with methylation at #COMT, the enzyme catechol-o-methyl-transferase. COMT breaks down #dopamine and #norepinephrine. Dopamine is a critical #neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and attention, among other functions ... ..more