Journal article

Muscarinic M1 and M4 receptors: Hypothesis driven drug development for schizophrenia

Brian Dean, Elizabeth Scarr

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

The finding that the drug KarXT, a formulation of xanomeline and tropsium which targets muscarinic receptors, has given a positive result in reducing the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia in a phase II trial suggests targeting muscarinic receptors is a new approach to treating the disorder. This review will detail the synergistic interplay between studies to understand the role of muscarinic receptors in the aetiology of schizophrenia and drug development and how this has supported the hypothesis that activating the muscarinic M1 and M4 receptors is critical to the efficacy of KarXT, in schizophrenia. The discovery of an intermediate phenotype within schizophrenia which is char..

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