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Curr Alzheimer Res. 2006 Jul;3(3):197-9.

Neurotrophic effects of the peptide NAP: a novel neuroprotective drug candidate.

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Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. igozes@post.tau.ac.il

Abstract

This short review outlines the scientific progression from the neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide as a neuroprotective agent that acts through glial cells to increase and modulate the synthesis and secretion of novel neuroprotective substances. Recent development in the studies on activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) and activity-dependent neurotrophic factor (ADNF) and short peptide derivatives of these proteins, ADNF-9 and NAP suggest that these peptides are neurotrophic and promote neurite outgrowth. These short peptides hold promise in future neuroprotective/neurotrophic drug development. Clinical development of NAP is currently in progress by Allon Therapeutics, Inc.

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16842095
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