Molecular Mechanisms of the Actions of Brain Peptide-Containing Drugs: Cortexin

  • N. V. GulyaevaEmail author

This article considers new data on the key molecular mechanisms which may underlie the neuroprotective properties of multicomponent organ-specific medicinal formulations consisting of peptide hydrolysates extracted from animal brains. Such formulations, including cortexin, are currently quite widely used in the treatment of cerebral pathologies. The potential molecular mechanisms of the neuroprotective effects of cortexin are shown to be diverse and to influence key processes underlying neuroplasticity: signal transduction, energy metabolism, proteolytic modification of proteins, brain cell structures, and neuroinflammation processes. The pleiotropic nature of the mechanisms of action of cortexin results from the composition of the formulation, which contains a multitude of different neuropeptides. The tissue specificity of the molecular mechanisms identified here to a significant extent determines the efficacy of the agent in cerebral pathologies.


peptide hydrolysates neuroplasticity cortexin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and NeurophysiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Solov’ev Scientific and Applied Psychoneurology CenterMoscow Health DepartmentMoscowRussia

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