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The Vitamin D Neuroendocrine System as a Target for Novel Neurotropic Drugs

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Abstract:

Vitamin D is a seco-steroid hormone with multiple functions in the nervous system. Physiological brain mechanisms of vitamin D and its receptors include neuroprotection, antiepileptic effects, immunomodulation, possible interplay with several brain neurotransmitter systems and hormones, as well as the regulation of behaviours. Here we review the important role of the vitamin D neuroendocrine system in the brain, and outline perspectives for the search for novel neurotropic drugs to treat various vitamin D-related dysfunctions.





Keywords: Vitamin D; brain disorders; neurosteroid hormone; new drugs

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/187152706784111506

Affiliations: Department of Anatomy, Medical School, University of Tampere, Tampere 33014, Finland.

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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  • CNS & Neurological 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 neurological and central nervous system (CNS) 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 neurological and CNS disorders. As the discovery, identification, characterization and validation of novel human drug targets for neurological and CNS 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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