Tachykinins and neurokinin receptors in bone marrow functions: neural-hematopoietic link
Tilman E Klassert1,2, Shyam A Patel1,3, Pranela Rameshwar1
1Department of Medicine – Division of Hematology/Oncology, New Jersey Medical School, 3Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, USA; 2Instituto de Enfermedades Tropicales y Salud Pública, University of La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain
Abstract: After many decades of neuropeptide research, advances in the field of tachykinins have considerably increased and revealed their implications in several physiological processes. In this review we focus on the role of the tachykinins in the regulation of hematopoietic functions. Evidence has shown that neural control of this process is emerging as a significant category in hematopoietic modulation. In the context of this regulation, we discuss the existence of a complex network involving the neurokinin receptors, tachykinins and cytokines. This network is tightly regulated by each of its components.
Keywords: hematopoiesis, tachykinins, neurokinin receptor, crosstalk, regulation
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