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Papers: 1 Feb 2020 - 7 Feb 2020

Pharmacology/Drug Development


2020 02

Expert Opin Ther Targets



Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP): Role in migraine pathophysiology and therapeutic targeting.


Wattiez A-S, Sowers LP, Russo AF
Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2020 02; 24(2):91-100.
PMID: 32003253.


: The neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is recognized as a critical player in migraine pathophysiology. Excitement has grown regarding CGRP because of the development and clinical testing of drugs targeting CGRP or its receptor. While these drugs alleviate migraine symptoms in half of patients, the remaining unresponsive half of this population creates an impetus to address unanswered questions that exist in this field.: We describe the role of CGRP in migraine pathophysiology and CGRP-targeted therapeutics currently under development and in use. We also discuss how a second CGRP receptor may provide a new therapeutic target.: CGRP targeting drugs have shown a remarkable safety profile. We speculate that this may reflect the redundancy of peptides within the CGRP family and a second CGRP receptor that may compensate for reduced CGRP activity. Furthermore, we propose that an inherent safety feature of peptide-blocking antibodies is attributed to the fundamental nature of peptide release, which occurs as a large bolus in short bursts of volume transmission. These facts support the development of more refined CGRP therapeutic drugs, as well as drugs that target other neuropeptides. We believe that the future of migraine research is bright with exciting advances on the horizon.