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      TRPM2: a candidate therapeutic target for treating neurological diseases

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          Transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) is a calcium (Ca 2+)-permeable non-selective cation channel belonging to the TRP ion channel family. Oxidative stress-induced TRPM2 activation provokes aberrant intracellular Ca 2+ accumulation and cell death in a variety of cell types, including neurons. Aberrant TRPM2 function has been implicated in several neurological disorders including ischemia/stroke, Alzheimer's disease, neuropathic pain, Parkinson's disease and bipolar disorder. In addition to research identifying a role for TRPM2 in disease, progress has been made in the identification of physiological functions of TRPM2 in the brain, including recent evidence that TRPM2 is necessary for the induction of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-dependent long-term depression, an important form of synaptic plasticity at glutamate synapses. Here, we summarize recent evidence on the role of TRPM2 in the central nervous system (CNS) in health and disease and discuss the potential therapeutic implications of targeting TRPM2. Collectively, these studies suggest that TRPM2 represents a prospective novel therapeutic target for neurological disorders.

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                Acta Pharmacol Sin
                Acta Pharmacol. Sin
                Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
                Nature Publishing Group
                May 2018
                19 April 2018
                1 May 2018
                : 39
                : 5
                : 722-732
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University , London, Ontario, N6A 5A5, Canada
                [2 ]Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba , Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0T6, Canada
                [3 ]Neuroscience Research Program, Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine, Health Sciences Centre , Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3J7, Canada
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