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Estrogen research is insightful into dopamine regulation

Posted Jun 16 2009 6:40pm

Rebecca Alyea and Cheryl Watson of the University of Texas Medical Branch said they investigated how physiological estrogen levels might influence neurochemical pathways, including dopamine signaling.

"The significance of estrogen-coupled regulation of the (dopamine transporter) by both direct and indirect interactions between estrogen receptors … should provide insights into how neurological diseases which involve the (transporter) are related to developmental, gender and life stage issues," Watson said. "Such regulation may suggest new ideas about treatment and prevention of diseases associated with extreme hormonal fluctuations such as in postpartum depression."

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