Diverse roles of neurotensin agonists in the central nervous system

Mona Boules, Zhimin Li, Kristin Smith, Paul Fredrickson, Elliott Richelson

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Neurotensin (NT) is a tridecapeptide that is found in the central nervous system (CNS) and the gastrointestinal tract. NT behaves as a neurotransmitter in the brain and as a hormone in the gut. Additionally, NT acts as a neuromodulator to several neurotransmitter systems including dopaminergic, sertonergic, GABAergic, glutamatergic, and cholinergic systems. Due to its association with such a wide variety of neurotransmitters, NT has been implicated in the pathophysiology of several CNS disorders such as schizophrenia, drug abuse, Parkinson's disease (PD), pain, central control of blood pressure, eating disorders, as well as, cancer and inflammation. The present review will focus on the role that NT and its analogs play in schizophrenia, endocrine function, pain, psychostimulant abuse, and PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 36
JournalFrontiers in Endocrinology
Issue numberMAR
StatePublished - 2013


  • Central nervous system
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurotensin
  • Pain
  • Psychostimulant abuse
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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