11C-verapamil to assess P-gp function in human brain during aging, depression and neurodegenerative disease.

Abstract

P-glycoprotein (P-gp) at the blood-brain barrier (BBB) functions as an active efflux pump by extruding a wide range of substrates from the brain. This is important for maintaining loco-regional homeostasis and for protecting the brain against blood-borne toxic substances. Altered P-gp function seems to be involved in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative… (More)

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