Neuroscience Bulletin

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 295–307 | Cite as

M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor in Alzheimer’s disease

  • Shangtong Jiang
  • Yanfang Li
  • Cuilin Zhang
  • Yingjun Zhao
  • Guojun Bu
  • Huaxi Xu
  • Yun-Wu ZhangEmail author


The degeneration of cholinergic neurons and cholinergic hypofunction are pathologies associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) mediate acetylcholine-induced neurotransmission and five mAChR subtypes (M1–M5) have been identified. Among them, M1 mAChR is widely expressed in the central nervous system and has been implicated in many physiological and pathological brain functions. In addition, M1 mAChR is postulated to be an important therapeutic target for AD and several other neurodegenerative diseases. In this article, we review recent progress in understanding the functional involvement of M1 mAChR in AD pathology and in developing M1 mAChR agonists for AD treatment.


agonist Alzheimer’s disease amyloid cholinergic hypofunction M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor tau 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shangtong Jiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yanfang Li
    • 1
  • Cuilin Zhang
    • 1
  • Yingjun Zhao
    • 3
  • Guojun Bu
    • 1
  • Huaxi Xu
    • 1
    • 3
  • Yun-Wu Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging Research, Institute of Neuroscience, College of MedicineXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.School of Pharmaceutical SciencesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  3. 3.Degenerative Disease Research ProgramSanford-Burnham Medical Research InstituteLa JollaUSA

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