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Is Autophagy Involved in the Diverse Effects of Antidepressants?


Rein,  Theo
Dept. Translational Research in Psychiatry, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Max Planck Society;

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Rein, T. (2019). Is Autophagy Involved in the Diverse Effects of Antidepressants? CELLS, 8(1): 44. doi:10.3390/cells8010044.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-7264-6
Autophagy has received increased attention as a conserved process governing cellular energy and protein homeostasis that is thus relevant in a range of physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Recently, autophagy has also been linked to depression, mainly through its involvement in the action of antidepressants. Some antidepressant drugs and psychotropic medication have been reported to exert beneficial effects in other diseases, for example, in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. This review collates the evidence for the hypothesis that autophagy contributes to the effects of antidepressants beyond depression treatment.