The International Journal of Romanian Society of Endocrinology / Registered in 1938

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January - March 2017, Volume 13, Issue 1

Coman L, Paunesc H, Catana R, Coman LI, Voiculescu S, Coman OA

Alzheimer’s Disease – Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators, Friends or Foes?

Acta Endo (Buc) 2017, 13 (1): 77-83
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2017.77

Alzheimer’s disease(AD) is the leading cause of dementia and is characterized by the presence of extensive plaque deposition and neurofibrillary pathology. The aim of the present study was to make an update regarding the influence of estrogens and SERMs on inflammation and on the resolution of inflammation, respectively, focusing on these most important features implicated in the pathophysiology of AD. Several hypothesised mechanisms of action of estrogens and SERM are exposed and also some relevant clinical studies on this subject are analysed. The analyzed studies have a high heterogeneity of preparations used, of administration routes, of the female population included and of the periods of time from the appearance/ induction of menopause to the therapeutic intervention and also of follow-up periods of patients and of the means of evaluating their cognitive decline. One can say that all the ways of pharmacological influence on the membrane or intracellular signalling system associated to estrogens that may have clinical importance in the prevention and possibly in the treatment of AD have not been exhausted. Estrogens with selective ERα or G protein-coupled estrogen receptors (GPER1 or GqMER) effects could be used to influence the resolution of inflammation process, with positive effects on AD evolution.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, estrogens, SERM, inflammation

Correspondence: Horia Paunescu MD, 8 Eroilor Sanitari Av, Bucharest, Romania, E-mail: