Journal article

Therapeutic applications of chelating drugs in iron metabolic disorders of the brain and retina

Ali Shahandeh, Bang V Bui, David I Finkelstein, Christine TO Nguyen

Journal of Neuroscience Research | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Iron is essential for normal cellular function, however, excessive accumulation of iron in neural tissue has been implicated in both cortical and retinal diseases. The exact role of iron in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders remains incompletely understood. However, iron-induced damage to the brain and retina is often attributed to the redox ability of iron to generate dangerous free radicals, which exacerbates local oxidative stress and neuronal damage. Iron chelators are compounds designed to scavenge labile iron, aiding to regulate iron bioavailability. Recently there has been growing interest in the application of chelating agents for treatment of diseases including neurodeg..

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