The translocator protein (TSPO) recently emerged as a potential drug target in Alzheimer's disease (AD). This has been fuelled mainly by positron emission topography studies that show the upregulation of TSPO in AD, especially in relation to microgliosis and astrogliosis in amyloid-β and tau pathology. Although data as to the exact role of TSPO in AD is still inconclusive, TSPO appears to be involved in neuroinflammatory processes and AD has been shown to involve substantial inflammation. Therefore, further development and investigation of the pharmacological effect of TSPO ligands in AD pathology are warranted.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2014|
- Alzheimer's disease
- Drug development
- Positron emission topography
- Translocator protein