Novel Modulators of Melanocortin Receptors for the Treatment of Depression and AnxietyTechnology #ua17-079
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Title: Novel Modulators of Melanocortin Receptors for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
Invention: The invention is the use of the melanocortin 5 receptor (MC5R) ligand to treat depressive and anxiety disorders. MC5R antagonism is the proposed mechanism of action.
Background: Depression and anxiety often have similar treatment, but experiencing the full effects of current pharmacotherapy can range from weeks to months. Antidepressants and anxiolytics are associated with a number of side effects including an increased risk of suicidal thoughts in those taking antidepressants. Therefore, a novel pathway is needed for rapid onset with minimal side effects.
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Provides a treatment for depressive and anxiety disorders