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Erytropoietin som mulig behandling ved hjernesygdom


Kamilla Woznica Miskowiak1, 2

1) Institut for Psykologi, Københavns Universitet, 2) Psykiatrisk Center København, Region Hovedstadens Psykiatri, Rigshospitalet

Ugeskr Læger 2020;182:V04200287

UgeskrLæger 2020;182:V04200287
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Erythropoietin as possible treatment of brain diseases

Kamilla Woznica Miskowiak

Ugeskr Læger 2020;182:V0420287

Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hypoxia-inducible hormone best known for its role in erythropoiesis. However, EPO also has anti-inflammatory and tissue-protective characteristics in multiple organs as summarised in this review. In the brain, EPO is upregulated by hypoxia, regulates ventilation and plays a key role in neuroprotection and neuroplasticity. Systemically administered EPO crosses the blood-brain-barrier, enhances neuroplasticity and improves cognitive functions in several disorders of the brain. Given this evidence, a trial is being planned to investigate whether EPO can improve the physiologic and neurologic outcome of COVID-19.

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