Synaptic changes induced by melanocortin signalling
2014 (English)In: Nature Reviews Neuroscience, ISSN 1471-0048, E-ISSN 1471-003X, Vol. 15, no 2, 98-110 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
The melanocortin system has a well-established role in the regulation of energy homeostasis, but there is growing evidence of its involvement in memory, nociception, mood disorders and addiction. In this Review, we focus on the role of the melanocortin 4 receptor and provide an integrative view of the molecular mechanisms that lead to melanocortin-induced changes in synaptic plasticity within these diverse physiological systems. We also highlight the importance of melanocortin peptides and receptors in chronic pain syndromes, memory impairments, depression and drug abuse, and the possibility of targeting them for therapeutic purposes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 15, no 2, 98-110 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219275DOI: 10.1038/nrn3657ISI: 000329984700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219275DiVA: diva2:699398