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Anxiolytic or Antidepressant Activity from Active Principles in Medicinal Plants

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2024 | Viewed by 113

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Departamento de Farmacobiología, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados IPN (Cinvestav-IPN), Ciudad de México 07360, Mexico
Interests: phytopharmacology; anxiolytics; antidepressants; animal models

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Lab de Neuropsicofarmacología, Dirección de Neurociencias, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Ciudad de México 14370, Mexico
Interests: neuroendocrinology; the pharmacology of central nervous system focus on mental health; the pharmacology of natural products; depression and anxiety; women’s mental health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For centuries, medicinal plants have been crucial in promoting human health and wellness. Some natural remedies that are deeply ingrained in traditional medicine practices around the world have been known to possess anxiolytic and antidepressant properties, providing relief for millions of individuals dealing with mental health disorders. In recent years, scientific research has placed greater emphasis on verifying the safety and efficacy of medicinal plants used to treat anxiety and depression. Pharmacological studies are now working to identify the bioactive compounds responsible for their therapeutic effects, offering insight into their underlying mechanisms and potential drug development.

To expand our knowledge of medicinal plants that possess anxiolytic and antidepressant properties, this Special Issue aims to explore the biochemical, molecular, and cellular mechanisms underlying the anxiolytic and antidepressant properties of medicinal plants. Accordingly, we welcome original research and review articles that explore the biochemical characterization of active compounds present in medicinal plants with anxiolytic or antidepressant properties or the molecular mechanisms of action associated with anxiolysis and antidepressant effects. It is important to note that all studies must include behavioral trials showing anxiolytic or antidepressant activities in animal models.

Dr. Carolina López-Rubalcava
Dr. Erika Estrada Camarena
Guest Editors

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  • phytopharmacology
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • medicinal plants
  • animal models

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