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Steroid biosynthesis within the frog brain: a model of neuroendocrine regulation
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2009 (English)In: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ISSN 0077-8923, E-ISSN 1749-6632, Vol. 1163, 83-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is now clear evidence that the brain, similar to the adrenal gland, gonads, and placenta, is a steroidogenic organ. Notably in the frog brain, the presence of various steroidogenic enzymes has been detected by immunohistochemistry in specific populations of neurons and/or glial cells. These steroidogenic enzymes are biologically active, as shown by the ability of brain tissue explants to convert [(3)H]pregnenolone into various radiolabeled steroids. The frog brain has also been extensively used as a model to study the mechanism of regulation of neurosteroidogenesis by neurotransmitters and neuropeptides. It has been demonstrated that the biosynthesis of neurosteroids is inhibited by gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), acting through GABA(A) receptors, and neuropeptide Y, acting through Y1 receptors, and is stimulated by the octadecaneuropeptide (ODN), acting through central-type benzodiazepine receptors, triakontatetraneuropeptide (TTN), acting through peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptors, and vasotocin, acting through V1a-like receptors. These data indicate that some of the neurophysiological effects of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides may be mediated through modulation of neurosteroid biosynthesis.

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2009. Vol. 1163, 83-92 p.
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eurosteroids, brain, neuropeptides, neurotransmitters, amphibians
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-123967DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2008.03664.xISI: 000266493400007PubMedID: 19456330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-123967DiVA: diva2:317703
Available from: 2010-05-04 Created: 2010-04-30 Last updated: 2011-03-14Bibliographically approved

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