An update on the CNS actions of TRH and its analogs

Life Sci. 1998;62(17-18):1443-8. doi: 10.1016/s0024-3205(98)00087-3.


This brief review will discuss the recent literature on several of the central actions of TRH and its analogs. The most prominent of these actions include: (1) the arousal or analeptic effect in drug narcotized animals or in concussion models; (2) the reversal of cognitive deficits produced by various drugs or procedures, and (3) the improvement of several neurological deficits produced in animal models of spinal and/or cerebellar injury. The mediation of these TRH effects by neurotransmitters is discussed. While little has been published on the human neuropsychopharmacology of TRH, and especially of its analogs, the future holds considerable therapeutic promise for these interesting drugs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Central Nervous System / drug effects*
  • Cerebellar Diseases / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / drug therapy
  • Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone / pharmacology*


  • Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone