Cross interaction of melanocortinergic and dopaminergic systems in neural modulation

Zhi-Gang He; Bao-Wen Liu; Hong-Bing Xiang
September 2015
International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacol;2015, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p152
Academic Journal
Melanocortinergic and dopaminergic systems are widely distributed in the CNS and have been established as a crucial regulatory component in diverse physiological functions. The pharmacology of both melanocortinergic and dopaminergic systems including their individual receptors, signaling mechanisms, agonists and antagonists has been extensively studied. Several lines of evidence showed that there existed a cross interaction between the receptors of melanocortinergic and dopaminergic systems. The data available at present had expanded our understanding of melanocortinergic and dopaminergic system interaction in neural modulation, which will be main discussed in this paper.


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