The actions of the neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) are modulated by a CRF binding protein (CRFBP). In view of the memory-enhancing effects of CRF, the release of endogenous CRF from CRFBP by CRFBP inhibitors has been suggested as a therapeutical strategy for the treatment of cognitive deficits. This mini-review will summarize recent advances in the field with a focus on the pharmaceutical potential of CRFBP inhibitors.
Keywords: corticotropin-releasing factor (crf), crf binding protein (crfbp), crfbp inhibitor, urocortin, cognitive deficits
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