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Microglia Purinoceptor P2Y6: An Emerging Therapeutic Target in CNS Diseases

Neuroscience Laboratory, CHU de Québec Research Center (CHUL), Department of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Québec City, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef 62511, Egypt
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Cells 2020, 9(7), 1595;
Received: 8 June 2020 / Revised: 24 June 2020 / Accepted: 29 June 2020 / Published: 1 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modulating Microglia to Restore Brain Health)
The purinergic receptor P2Y6 is expressed in immune cells, including the microglia that are implicated in neurological disorders. Its ligand, UDP, is a signaling molecule that can serve as an “find-me” signal when released in significant quantities by damaged/dying cells. The binding of UDP by P2Y6R leads to the activation of different biochemical pathways, depending on the disease context and the pathological environment. Generally, P2Y6R stimulates phagocytosis. However, whether or not phagocytosis coincides with cell activation or the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines needs further investigation. The current review aims to discuss the various functions of P2Y6R in some CNS disorders. We present evidence that P2Y6R may have a detrimental or beneficial role in the nervous system, in the context of neurological pathologies, such as ischemic stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, radiation-induced brain injury, and neuropathic pain. View Full-Text
Keywords: P2Y6R; microglia; phagocytosis; neuroinflammation; pro-inflammatory cytokines P2Y6R; microglia; phagocytosis; neuroinflammation; pro-inflammatory cytokines
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Anwar, S.; Pons, V.; Rivest, S. Microglia Purinoceptor P2Y6: An Emerging Therapeutic Target in CNS Diseases. Cells 2020, 9, 1595.

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