Current Drug Target -CNS & Neurological Disorders

Stephen D. Skaper
Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
University of Padova


The Role of COX-1 and COX-2 in Alzheimers Disease Pathology and the Therapeutic Potentials of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Author(s): Jeroen J.M. Hoozemans and M. Kerry O'Banion

Affiliation: Academic Medical Center, Neurogenetics Laboratory, P.O. Box 22700, 1100 DE Amsterdam, TheNetherlands.


Epidemiological studies indicate that anti-inflammatory drugs, especially the non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), decrease the risk of developing Alzheimers disease (AD). Their beneficial effects may be due to interference of the chronic inflammatory reaction in AD. The best-characterised action of NSAIDs is the inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX). So far, clinical trials designed to inhibit inflammation or cyclooxygenase activity have failed in the treatment of AD patients. In this review we will focus on the role, expression and regulation of COX-1 and COX-2 in neurodegeneration and AD pathogenesis. Understanding the pathological, physiological and neuroprotective role of cyclooxygenase will contribute to the development of a therapy for the treatment or prevention of AD.

Keywords: alzheimers disease, cox, neuroinflammation, microglia, neuron, nsaids

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Article Details

Page: [307 - 315]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1568007054038201
Price: $58