Since MAO is involved in so many things that our bodies do, it is hard to escape if something goes wrong. As you can guess, having too little or too much of it can lead to trouble, and this trouble ranges from mental illnesses and depression to alcoholism and unstable social behavior. Sound interesting? We plan to explore the story of what MAO really does in us, and we invite you to join us on this trip! For those of you who are familiar with this terminology, we have put in enough information to keep you from getting bored, and for those of you who are new to this type of exploration, never fear, for we have made a glossary for many of the more specific terms we use. All you have to do is click on the words that are linked, in order to access the glossary. Some parts of this site will be much more readable to you than others, but we are sure that you can still get a lot out of it.
MAO is actually an enzyme, and that is why it is able to change other molecules around it. MAO works by removing the functional group NR2 from certain molecules to leave an oxidized oxygen (doubly bonded) in place of the amine (NR2 group).
MAO is found in the central nervous system as well as the digestive system and for this reason it is known as a neurological enzyme. We will examine MAO, showing you how it affects behavior, while including pertinent information on the genetics, structure, function, mechanism and psychological effects.
So, you may be wondering why we refer to this molecule as chairman MAO. As you will see as you investigate this website, we call it this because it acts as a sort of "chairman" in our bodies. The level of this molecule in our bodies affects digestion, neurological function, and behavior.
|The History of MAO Research
|The Structure of MAO|
|Location of Enzyme|
|The Function of MAO|
|The Genetics of MAO|
|Disorders associated with MAO|