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“Beneficial Effects of Tianeptine on Hippocampus-Dependent Long-Term Memory and Stress-Induced Alterations of Brain Structure and Function”

Zoladz, Phillip R., Muñoz, C., and Diamond, D.M.
Ohio Northern University

Tianeptine is a well-described antidepressant which has been shown to prevent stress from producing deleterious effects on brain structure and function.  Preclinical studies have shown that tianeptine blocks stress-induced alterations of neuronal morphology and synaptic plasticity.  Moreover, tianeptine prevents stress from impairing learning and memory, and importantly, demonstrates memory-enhancing properties in the absence of stress.  Recent research has indicated that tianeptine works by normalizing guatamatergic neurotransmission, a mechanism of action that may underlie its effectiveness as an antidepressant.  These findings emphasize the value in focusing on the mechanisms of action of tianeptine, and specifically, the glutamatergic system, in the development of novel pharmacotherapeutic strategies in the treatment of depression.

Zoladz, P.R., Muñoz, C., & Diamond, D.M. (2010). Beneficial effects of tianeptine on hippocampus-dependent long-term memory and stress-induced alterations of brain structure and function. Pharmaceuticals, 3, 3143-3166.