Inositol treatment raises CSF inositol levels. Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Inositol is a key precursor for synthesis of phosphatidylinositol in a major second messenger signalling system. It is biologically active in syndromes such as respiratory distress syndrome but has been thought to be excluded from CNS by the blood-strain barrier. Oral inositol treatment of 8 patients is shown to significantly increase CSF inositol by almost 70%, suggesting possible CNS therapeutic applications of this compound and possible CNS side-effects of systemic therapy.

publication date

  • January 1, 1993