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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(10), 1652;

Essential Roles of Natural Products and Gaseous Mediators on Neuronal Cell Death or Survival

Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-Nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143-8540, Japan
Department of Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, 46-29 Yoshida-Shimoadachi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Department of Molecular Physiology, The Jikei University School of Medicine, 3-25-8 Nishishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8461, Japan
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Academic Editor: Katalin Prokai-Tatrai
Received: 31 August 2016 / Revised: 21 September 2016 / Accepted: 22 September 2016 / Published: 29 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neuroprotective Strategies 2016)
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Although precise cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration still remain enigmatic, key factors associated with degenerative disorders, such as glutamate toxicity and oxidative stress, have been recently identified. Accordingly, there has been growing interest in examining the effects of exogenous and endogenous molecules on neuroprotection and neurodegeneration. In this paper, we review recent studies on neuroprotective and/or neurodegenerative effects of natural products, such as caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid, and gaseous mediators, including hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide. Furthermore, possible molecular mechanisms of these molecules in relation to glutamate signals are discussed. Insight into the pathophysiological role of these molecules will make progress in our understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases, and is expected to lead to potential therapeutic approaches. View Full-Text
Keywords: chlorogenic acid; glutamate neurotoxicity; hydrogen sulfide; neuroprotection; nitric oxide chlorogenic acid; glutamate neurotoxicity; hydrogen sulfide; neuroprotection; nitric oxide

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Mikami, Y.; Kakizawa, S.; Yamazawa, T. Essential Roles of Natural Products and Gaseous Mediators on Neuronal Cell Death or Survival. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1652.

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