Vascular growth factors in neuropsychiatry

Samuel S. Newton, Neil M. Fournier, Ronald S. Duman

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Recent advances in understanding the cellular and molecular basis of psychiatric illnesses have shed light on the important role played by trophic factors in modulating functional parameters associated with disease causality and drug action. Disease mechanisms are now thought to involve multiple cell types, including neurons and endothelial cells. These functionally distinct but interactively coupled cell types engage in cellular cross talk via shared and common signaling molecules. Dysregulation in their cellular signaling pathways influences brain function and alters behavioral performance. Multifunctional trophic factors such as VEGF and EPO that possess both neurotrophic and angiogenic actions are of particular interest due to their ability to rescue structural and plasticity deficits in neurons and vasculature. Obtaining insight into the behavioral, cellular and molecular actions of multi-functional trophic factors has the potential to open new and transformative therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1739-1752
Number of pages14
JournalCellular and Molecular Life Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Erythropoietin
  • Neurovascular
  • Trophic factor signaling
  • Vascular endothelial growth factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology


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