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Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

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ISSN (Print): 1568-0266
ISSN (Online): 1873-4294

Review Article

Melatonin and Respiratory Diseases: A Review

Author(s): Solomon Habtemariam, Maria Daglia, Antoni Sureda, Zeliha Selamoglu, Mehmet Fuat Gulhan and Seyed Mohammad Nabavi

Volume 17, Issue 4, 2017

Page: [467 - 488] Pages: 22

DOI: 10.2174/1568026616666160824120338

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Abstract

Melatonin is an indoleamine with potent multifunctional biological and pharmacological effects, both receptor dependent and receptor-independent effects, including antioxidant, anticancer, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-diabetic, antiviral, neuroprotective activities. Melatonin mitigates tissue injury via modification of abnormalities in redox status and other biochemical markers. At the molecular level, the biological and pharmacological activities of melatonin are attributed to the inhibition of nuclear factor-κappa beta (NF-κβ), c-Fos over expression and down-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases-3 (MMP-3), which are regulators of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokines. There are numerous scientific reports on the therapeutic potential of melatonin in treatment of asthma, respiratory diseases for infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, pleural cavity diseases, as well as vascular pulmonary disease. In the present communication, we systematically review the therapeutic potential of melatonin in the treatment of respiratory diseases along with its molecular mechanism of actions.

Keywords: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Lung disease, Melatonin, Pulmonary disease, Respiratory disorders.

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