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Small molecule activators of the Trk receptors for neuroprotection

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Author(s): Webster Nicholas | Pirrung Michael

Journal: BMC Neuroscience
ISSN 1471-2202

Volume: 9;
Issue: Suppl 2;
Start page: S1;
Date: 2008;
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ABSTRACT
Abstract The neurotophin signaling network is critical to the development and survival of many neuronal populations. Especially sensitive to imbalances in the neurotrophin system, cholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain are progressively lost in Alzheimer's disease. Therapeutic use of neurotrophins to prevent this loss is hampered, however, by a number of pharmacological challenges. These include a lack of transport across the blood-brain barrier, rapid degradation in the circulation, and difficulty in production. In this review we discuss the evidence supporting the neurotrophin system's role in preventing neurodegeneration and survey some of the pharmacological strategies being pursued to develop effective therapeutics targeting neurotrophin function.

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