The role of COX-1 and COX-2 in Alzheimer's disease pathology and the therapeutic potentials of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Jeroen J.M. Hoozemans*, M. Kerry O'Banion

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Epidemiological studies indicate that anti-inflammatory drugs, especially the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). Their beneficial effects may be due to interference of the chronic inflammatory reaction in AD. The best-characterised action of NSAIDs is the inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX). So far, clinical trials designed to inhibit inflammation or cyclooxygenase activity have failed in the treatment of AD patients. In this review we will focus on the role, expression and regulation of COX-1 and COX-2 in neurodegeneration and AD pathogenesis. Understanding the pathological, physiological and neuroprotective role of cyclooxygenase307 will contribute to the development of a therapy for the treatment or prevention of AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Drug Targets: CNS and Neurological Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005

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