Journal article

Purinergic Signaling and Related Biomarkers in Depression

Francesco Bartoli, Geoffrey Burnstock, Cristina Crocamo, Giuseppe Carra

Brain Sciences | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

It is established that purinergic signaling can shape a wide range of physiological functions, including neurotransmission and neuromodulation. The purinergic system may play a role in the pathophysiology of mood disorders, influencing neurotransmitter systems and hormonal pathways of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Treatment with mood stabilizers and antidepressants can lead to changes in purinergic signaling. In this overview, we describe the biological background on the possible link between the purinergic system and depression, possibly involving changes in adenosine- and ATP-mediated signaling at P1 and P2 receptors, respectively. Furthermore, evidence on the possible antidepre..

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