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Neuropeptides. 2013 Dec;47(6):489-95. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2013.10.011. Epub 2013 Oct 24.

Microtubule-stabilizing peptides and small molecules protecting axonal transport and brain function: focus on davunetide (NAP).

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The Lily and Avraham Gildor Chair for the Investigation of Growth Factors, The Dr. Diana and Zelman Elton (Elbaum) Laboratory for Neuroendocrinology, The Adams Super Center for Brain Studies Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sagol School of Neuroscience, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel.


This review focuses on the therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action of NAP (davunetide), an eight amino acid snippet derived from activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) which was discovered in our laboratory. We have recently described the effects of NAP in neurodegenerative disorders, and we now review the beneficial effects of NAP and other microtubule-stabilizing agents on impairments in axonal transport. Experiments in animal models of microtubule-deficiency including tauopathy (spanning from drosophila to mammals) showed protection of axonal transport by microtubule-stabilizers and NAP, which was coupled to motor and cognitive protection. Clinical trials with NAP (davunetide) are reviewed paving the path to future developments.


AD; ADNP; ALS; Activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP); Alzheimer’s disease; Axonal transport; Davunetide; KO; MAP; MEMRI; NAP; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurological disorders; STOP; activity-dependent neuroprotective protein; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; knockout; manganese enhanced magnetic resonance imaging; microtubule associated protein; stable tubule only peptide

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