We all have it: the mineralocorticoid receptor (also known as MR). Most people will never have heard of it. Nonetheless, this protein is pivotal regarding whether or not you experience depression or demonstrate problem behaviour. Utrecht researcher Hinke Endedijk studies the influence of MR on the social development of adolescents.
Endedijk is certainly not the first to study the MR. A lot is known about it already. We have learnt, for instance, that the receptor plays an important role with regard to the consequences of stress; it has a protective function. When someone experiences severe stress and that person has a well-functioning MR, they are less likely to experience depression. Endedijk’s research goes a step further. The Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht research team wants to know what impact the MR has on the development of social behaviour in adolescents.