Synthetic compound could serve as prototype for novel class of drugs to treat neurological damage

As a prototype for a new class of drugs, I don’t have to tell you that this is really far away from anything like this being prescribed to people, but I am sure this will be pursued because the possibility is enormous.

“However, our study suggests that CPTX can even do better than some of its natural analogs in building and strengthening nerve connections. Thus, CPTX could be the prototype for a new class of drugs with clinical potential.” Application would be in disorders that are associated with impaired neuronal connectivity. "Much of the current therapeutic effort against neurodegeneration focuses on stopping disease progression and offers little prospect of restoring lost cognitive abilities. Our approach could help to change this and possibly lead to treatments that actually regenerate neurological functions.

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