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Mirtazapine has a therapeutic potency in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced mice model of Parkinson's disease.

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BMC Neurosci 2014 ; 15:79

Authors: Naoto Kadoguchi, Shinji Okabe, Yukio Yamamura, Misaki Shono, Tatsuya Fukano, Akie Tanabe, Hironori Yokoyama, Jiro Kasahara

Mirtazapine, a noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressant (NaSSA), shows multiple pharmacological actions such as inhibiting presynaptic ?2 noradrenaline receptor (NAR) and selectively activating 5-hydroxytriptamine (5-HT) 1A receptor (5-HT1AR). Mirtazapine was also reported to increase dopamine release in the cortical neurons with 5-HT dependent manner. To examine whether mirtazapine has a therapeutic potency in Parkinson's disease (PD), we examined this compound in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-treated mice model of PD.

PMID: 24965042 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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