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Cells 2013, 2(1), 124-135; doi:10.3390/cells2010124

The Anti-Apoptotic Role of Neurotensin

Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, CNRS UMR 7275, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, 660 route des Lucioles, Valbonne 06560, France
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Received: 24 January 2013 / Revised: 15 February 2013 / Accepted: 26 February 2013 / Published: 4 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Apoptosis)
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The neuropeptide, neurotensin, exerts numerous biological functions, including an efficient anti-apoptotic role, both in the central nervous system and in the periphery. This review summarizes studies that clearly evidenced the protective effect of neurotensin through its three known receptors. The pivotal involvement of the neurotensin receptor-3, also called sortilin, in the molecular mechanisms of the anti-apoptotic action of neurotensin has been analyzed in neuronal cell death, in cancer cell growth and in pancreatic beta cell protection. The relationships between the anti-apoptotic role of neurotensin and important physiological and pathological contexts are discussed in this review.
Keywords: neurotensin; receptor; apoptosis; sortilin neurotensin; receptor; apoptosis; sortilin
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Devader, C.; Béraud-Dufour, S.; Coppola, T.; Mazella, J. The Anti-Apoptotic Role of Neurotensin. Cells 2013, 2, 124-135.

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