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Novel therapeutic targets.

Research paper by P P Geppetti, M M Trevisani, P P Nicoletti, J G JG Capone

Indexed on: 12 May '06Published on: 12 May '06Published in: Neurological Sciences



Abstract

The need for novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of migraine and other primary headaches is well recognised. Although the underlying mechanism(s) and the molecular targets that should be tackled by novel medicines are still uncertain, significant improvements have been made in the last decade in the treatment of migraine. Strong evidence in experimental animal models and clinical investigation focus on drugs that limit the phenomena promoted by activation of neurons of the trigeminal ganglion at the level of both their central and peripheral perivascular endings. Identification of compounds that abort the migraine attack by precisely targeting different mechanisms should also help to recompose the puzzle of migraine pathogenesis.