Tachykinins and excitotoxicity in cerebellar granule cells

Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine, Rome, Italy.
The Cerebellum (Impact Factor: 2.72). 02/2006; 5(3):232-7. DOI: 10.1080/14734220600673295
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The tachykinins represent an important group of neuropeptides that are widely distributed both in the central and peripheral nervous system where they perform several functions connected with neuronal modulation, often in synergy with glutamate excitatory transmission. While a great deal of data is available on their distribution and many studies have been performed by molecular, biochemical, and immunohistochemical techniques, much less is known about their physiological role, in particular in the cerebellum. This review is an attempt to summarize the diverse evidence suggesting a role for tachykinins in cerebellar granule neurons.

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