What is the definition or description of: monoamine oxidase?

See below. L-monoamine oxidases (MAO) are a family of enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of monoamines. They are found bound to the outer membrane of mitochondria in most cell types in the body. The enzyme was originally discovered by mary bernheim in the liver and was named tyramine oxidase. They belong to the protein family of flavin-containing amine oxidoreductases..

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Could monoamine oxidase increase be a solution for psychosis? If so how could I enhance it naturally?

Plz see psychiatrist. Combining this question together with your earlier one about dopamine, it sounds like you're interested in helping yourself (or someone you know) with psychosis -- but maybe trying to do this on your own? A psychiatrist is trained to help by assessing clinical situation, suggesting further diagnostic studies, & prescribing medications and/or other treatments -- as well as adjusting as needed. Read more...
Probably not helpful. Increasing monoamine oxidase activity, would reduce all monoamines, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Rauwolfia serpentina, a plant used in Indian medicine to treat psychosis acts by depleting all monoamines. It does treat psychosis, but also tends to cause severe depression, sometimes leading to suicide. See also: reserpine. For psychosis reduction you want to reduce dopamine. Read more...