Lisa J. Smith

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In the monkey dorsal raphe, we reported that 1-month (mo) of estrogen replacement, with or without progesterone supplementation for 14 days, significantly increased tryptophan hydroxylase-1 (TPH-1) mRNA; decreased serotonin reuptake transporter (SERT) mRNA and decreased monoamine oxidase (MAO)-A mRNA, but had no effect on MAO-B mRNA. Here, we questioned(More)
Estrogen and progesterone act on gene and protein expression in serotonin neurons in a manner that suggests serotonin neurotransmission should increase. However, measurement of extracellular serotonin in macaques was lacking. Elevated prolactin secretion can be an indicator of increased serotonergic function and prolactin is increased by combined estrogen(More)
OBJECTIVE Nuclear factor kappa B (NFkappaB) is a transcription factor that activates gene expression in response to proinflammatory cytokines, and elevated cytokines are associated with depression, which has a serotonergic component. We questioned (1) whether serotonin neurons contain NFkappaB, (2) whether NFkappaB detection with immunocytochemistry is(More)
This study used fMRI to investigate the neural substrates of moral cognition in health resource allocation decision problems. In particular, it investigated the cognitive and emotional processes that underpin utilitarian approaches to health care rationing such as Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs). Participants viewed hypothetical medical and nonmedical(More)
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