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Life Sci. 1991;49(20):1435-53.

Physiological and pharmacological properties of adenosine: therapeutic implications.

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INSERM U.272, Nancy, France.


Adenosine is a nucleoside which has been shown to participate in the regulation of physiological activity in a variety of mammalian tissues, and has been recognized as a homeostatic neuromodulator. It exerts its actions via membrane-bound receptors which have been characterized using biochemical, electrophysiological and radioligand binding techniques. Adenosine has been implicated in the pharmacological actions of several classes of drugs. A number of studies strongly suggest that the nucleoside may regulate cellular activity in many pathological disorders and, in that respect, adenosine derivatives appear as promising candidates for the development of new therapeutic compounds, such as anticonvulsant, anti-ischemic, analgesic and neuroprotective agents.

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