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The Role of Natural Products in Neurodegenerative Diseases

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: closed (15 June 2024) | Viewed by 215

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Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, University Complutense of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: neurodegeneration; autophagy; polyphenols ; acetylation ; mTORC1 ; oxidative stress

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Protein aggregates and dysfunctional organelles are the most common features that alter cell homeostasis and trigger neurodegeneration. Compelling evidence indicates that complex 1 of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTORC1) is a central cell-growth-regulating kinase implicated in multiple essential processes, including cell growth, protein synthesis, and the development as well as function of the nervous system. The induction of mTORC1 activates ribosomal biogenesis and negatively regulates autophagy, which is a lysosomal degradation process of eukaryotic cells to maintain cytoplasmic quality control by clearing cytotoxic proteins and damaged organelles. Moreover, mTORC1 signaling is linked to oxidative stress and brain disorders. Herein, stimulating autophagy contributes to neuroprotection by reducing oxidative stress, representing a new therapeutic approach in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The above being the case, there is increasing interest in the study of the biological properties of natural products that could act as neuroprotective agents in several neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Ana García-Aguilar
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • neurodegeneration
  • autophagy
  • polyphenols
  • acetylation
  • oxidative stress
  • natural products

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