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Estrogen has been shown to influence several brain functions as well as the expression of neuropsychiatric diseases. To date, two estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes have been identified, ERalpha and ERbeta. ERalpha messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) distribution in the human forebrain was recently characterized, and the highest expression was found in(More)
Estrogen is considered to play an important role in neuropsychiatric disorders and the estrogen receptors mediate the action of the hormone. In the present study, the messenger RNA expression pattern of the estrogen receptor alpha subtype was identified in the post mortem human brain. High stringent in situ hybridization histochemistry was performed using a(More)
In the present study, estrogen receptor (ER)alpha and ER beta genes were found to be differentially expressed in discrete subregions of the rat amygdaloid complex. The amygdala nuclei showing predominant ER alpha mRNA expression included the posterolateral cortical nucleus, amygdala hippocampal area, and lateral dorsolateral nucleus, whereas the amygdala(More)
The steroid hormone estrogen influences brain function and neuropsychiatric disorders, but neuroanatomical information about the estrogen receptors (ERs) are rather limited. The main focus of this article is to provide an overview of the current status of the ER distribution and possible function in the human brain. The ERs are ligand activated(More)
The human estrogen receptor (ER) alpha gene is transcribed from multiple promoters, generating mRNA isoforms with unique 5' ends in the untranslated region. In the present study, alternative promoters were shown to regulate the ERalpha gene expression in different neuronal populations of the human brain. By using in situ hybridization histochemistry, the A(More)
In situ hybridization histochemistry was used to investigate acute estrogen effects on serotonin 5HT1A receptor mRNA levels in limbic-related brain areas in the female ovariectomized rat. Acute administration of 17 beta-estradiol (10 micrograms) decreased 5HT1A receptor mRNA expression levels within the medial amygdala (after 2 and 24 h), piriform cortex(More)
The possible link between estrogen and serotonin (5-HT) in depression was investigated using a genetic animal model of depression, the Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rats, in comparison to control Flinders Resistant Line rats. The mRNA levels of the estrogen receptor (ER) alpha and beta subtypes and the 5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(2A) receptors were analyzed in(More)
Acute 17beta-estradiol treatment had been shown to downregulate the 5-HT(1A) receptor mRNA expression in limbic areas of the female rat brain. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of chronic 17beta-estradiol treatment on 5-HT(1A) receptor mRNA expression and 5-HT(1A) receptor binding in ovariectomized female rats. Using in situ(More)
Extrastriatal D2-dopamine receptors can be visualised in the monkey and human brain using the benzamides [11C]- and [76Br]FLB 457 in PET and [123I]epidepride in SPECT but not with the salicylamide analogues [76Br]FLB 463 and [123I]NCQ 298. To clarify the background for the differences in binding seen in vivo, we have compared the in vitro binding of(More)
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