Although many neuropeptides have been implicated in the pathophysiology of psychostimulant abuse, the tridecapeptide neurotensin holds a prominent position in this field due to the compelling literature on this peptide and psychostimulants. These data strongly support the hypothesis that a neurotensin agonist will be clinically useful to treat the abuse of psychostimulants, including nicotine. This paper reviews the evidence for a role for neurotensin in stimulant abuse and for a neurotensin agonist for its treatment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)