Journal article

Role of Lateral Hypothalamic Orexin (Hypocretin) Neurons in Alcohol Use and Abuse: Recent Advances

LC Walker, SS Ch’ng, AJ Lawrence

Current Pharmacology Reports | Published : 2016

Abstract

Purpose of Review: Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are chronic relapsing disorders with the modest efficacy of current medications. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) approval of the dual orexin (OX) receptor antagonist, suvorexant for the treatment of insomnia, may enable repurposing of this drug for the treatment of other diseases. Here, we summarize and reflect on the most recent research on the role of OX neurons in alcohol use and abuse. Recent Findings: OX neurons regulate alcohol intake and seeking, although their involvement in different aspects of alcohol consumption/seeking, specific loci of action and interactions ..

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