Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors nAChRs

nAChRs are homo- or heteropentameric ligand-gated ion channels present in the CNS, peripheral nervous system, and neuromuscular junction. Various subunits can combine to provide a diversity of receptor subtypes with unique brain and neuron-specific distributions.37 Activation of nAChRs mediates calcium influx and neurotransmitter release, again specific to the neuronal subtype (i.e., cortical, hippocampal). Interest in nAChRs comes from observations that they are reduced in AD and that nicotine improves attention in AD patients. Also A^42 can bind to a7 nAChRs and antagonists of this receptor promote neuron survival. Several nAChR agonists have entered the clinic (e.g., ABT-418 14, SIB-1553A 15, GTS-21 16, TC-1734 17). The progress of these agents has been slow due to efficacy issues and side effects, including emesis, motor dysfunction, and hallucinations, although these are reduced in comparison to nicotine due to improved receptor subtype selectivity. The first a4b2 agonist to undergo clinical trials, ABT-418, showed efficacy in acute studies in AD patients, but failed to show efficacy, as did nicotine, in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. TC-1734 is a second-generation, orally active a4b2 nAChR agonist with enhanced receptor subtype selectivity.37

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