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The importance of ligand gated ion channels in sleep and sleep disorders.

Arnold, Liz, Soler-Llavina, Gil, Kambara, Kumiko and Bertrand, Daniel (2023) The importance of ligand gated ion channels in sleep and sleep disorders. Biochemical pharmacology, 212. p. 115532. ISSN 1873-2968


On average, humans spend about 26 years of their life sleeping. Increased sleep duration and quality has been linked to reduced disease risk; however, the cellular and molecular underpinnings of sleep remain open questions. It has been known for some time that pharmacological modulation of neurotransmission in the brain can promote either sleep or wakefulness thereby providing some clues about the molecular mechanisms at play. However, the field of sleep research has developed an increasingly detailed understanding of the requisite neuronal circuitry and key neurotransmitter receptor subtypes, suggesting that it may be possible to identify next generation pharmacological interventions to treat sleep disorders within this same space. The aim of this work is to examine the latest physiological and pharmacological findings highlighting the contribution of ligand gated ion channels including the inhibitory GABAA and glycine receptors and excitatory nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and glutamate receptors in the sleep-wake cycle regulation. Overall, a better understanding of ligand gated ion channels in sleep will help determine if these highly druggable targets could facilitate a better night's sleep.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Humans Ligand-Gated Ion Channels Receptors, Nicotinic Synaptic Transmission Sleep Sleep Wake Disorders
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2023 00:45
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2023 00:45


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