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Extra-Hematopoietic Effects of Erythropoietin

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Erythropoietin (Epo) has a long-lasting history as the hormon that allows production of red blood cells. It is now well established that, besides erythropoiesis, Epo has the ability to sustain proliferation of myeloid lineages. More recently, extra-haematological roles have been described for Epo. Its receptor, EpoR, has been detected at the membrane of several neoplastic and normal cell types from the central nervous system and other non haematological cell lines. Whereas Epo-EpoR have been detected several years ago in some extra-haematological normal lineages, their role has long been underestimated whereas they may be crucial for proliferation and survival. Consequently, efforts have recently increased to identify the precise role of Epo-EpoR in a variety of cell types. This allowed identification of physiologically relevant targets that led to original therapeutic strategies.

Keywords: Erythropoietin; apoptosis; central nervous system; endothelium; neuroprotection

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders - Drug Targets aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments on the medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry of contemporary molecular targets involved in cardiovascular and hematological disorders e.g. disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes. Each issue of the journal will contain a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of current topics on drug targets involved in cardiovascular and hematological disorders. As the discovery, identification, characterization and validation of novel human drug targets for cardiovascular and hematological drug discovery continues to grow; this journal will be essential reading for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug discovery and development.

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