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Antidepressants Promote and Prevent Cancers


The review states that antidepressants (ADs) increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) transmission concomitantly in the brain and the blood: ADs increasing BDNF synthesis in specific areas of the central nervous system (CNS) could presumably affect megakaryocyte's production of platelets. ADs increase BDNF levels in the CNS and improve mood. In the blood, ADs increase BDNF release from platelets. The hypothesis presented here is that the release of BDNF from platelets contributes to the ADs effects on neurogenesis and on tumor growth in the cancer disease. Oncological studies indicate that chemicals ADs exert an aggravating effect on the cancer disease, possibly by promoting proplatelets formation and enhancing BDNF release from platelets in the tumor.
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inserm-03043543 , version 1 (07-12-2020)



Francis Lavergne, Therese M Jay. Antidepressants Promote and Prevent Cancers. Cancer Investigation, 2020, 38 (10), pp.572 - 598. ⟨10.1080/07357907.2020.1817481⟩. ⟨inserm-03043543⟩


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