A review on iron chelators as potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

  • Yash Pal Singh
  • Amruta Pandey
  • Swati Vishwakarma
  • Gyan ModiEmail author
Short Review


Iron plays a vital role in several cellular functions due to its unique physiochemical properties. Iron concentration increases in the brain with age due to multiple factors. Excessive amount of iron can lead to formation of reactive oxygen species. Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by iron supplemented increase in oxidative stress and cellular damage. There is an urgent need of novel therapies which should not only provide symptomatic relief but also be able to modulate iron accumulation in the brain. Therefore, the development of novel iron chelators as neuroprotective agents for the treatment of neurodegeneration is an emerging trend. Several iron chelators including 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives, dopaminergic agonists and natural products are under preclinical and clinical investigations for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.


Iron regulating proteins Neurodegenerative disorders Desferrioxamine Dopamine D3 agonist 8-Hydroxyquinoline 



GM is thankful to Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) for providing seed money (SM/2016-17/1198/L) and to carry out this work. YP, AP and SV are thankful to Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) and MHRD, India for funding. GM thanks Dr. SK Singh and Mr. Chandrim for providing the valuable comments and for help during preparation of this manuscript, respectively.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yash Pal Singh
    • 1
  • Amruta Pandey
    • 1
  • Swati Vishwakarma
    • 1
  • Gyan Modi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering & TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University)VaranasiIndia

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