Melatonin-A Potent Therapeutic for Stroke and Stroke-Related Dementia


Sadanandan N, Cozene B, Cho J, Park YJ, Saft M, Gonzales-Portillo B, Borlongan CV




Antioxidants (Basel) . 2020 Jul 28;9(8):E672.

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Secreted by the pineal gland to regulate the circadian rhythm, melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that has been used to combat oxidative stress in the central nervous system.

Melatonin-based therapies have been shown to provide neuroprotective effects in the setting of ischemic stroke by mitigating neuroinflammation and accelerating brain tissue restoration. Melatonin treatment includes injection of exogenous melatonin, pineal gland grafting and melatonin-mediated stem cell therapy.

This review will discuss the current preclinical and clinical studies investigating melatonin-based therapeutics to treat stroke.

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