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AIM Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic transmission from the hypothalamus is essential for normal feeding regulation, and hyperphagia can be induced by local application of GABAA -receptor agonists to different feeding-associated brain areas. The food intake in rats varies diurnally and that may influence the effect of GABAA -receptor active compounds.(More)
Withdrawal from progesterone and estradiol has been used as an animal model of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). In the clinical population individual sensitivity to sex steroid hormones, personality and heredity influence PMS/PMDD. Understanding the phenotypic risk factors of PMS/PMDD and drug development requires an(More)
This article will review neuroactive steroid effects on serotonin and GABA systems, along with the subsequent effects on cognitive functions. Neurosteroids (such as estrogen, progesterone, and allopregnanolone) are synthesized in the central and peripheral nervous system, in addition to other tissues. They are involved in the regulation of mood and memory,(More)
Some women have negative mood symptoms, caused by progestagens in hormonal contraceptives or sequential hormone therapy or by progesterone in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, which may be attributed to metabolites acting on the GABA-A receptor. The GABA system is the major inhibitory system in the adult CNS and most positive modulators of the GABA-A(More)
The progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone, like benzodiazepines, reduces learning and impairs memory in rats. Both substances act as GABA agonists at the GABA-A receptor and impair the performance in the Morris water maze test. Women are during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and during hormone replacement therapy exposed to allopregnanolone or(More)
Allopregnanolone (3alpha-hydroxy-5alpha-pregnane-20-one) is a ring-A-reduced metabolite of progesterone, which is naturally produced during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and by stressful events. The steroid hormone inhibits neural functions through increased chloride ion flux through the GABA(A) receptor. The effects and(More)
Ingestion of energy rich high fat diets is one of the determining factors associated with the obesity epidemic. Therefore, much can be learned from studies of obesity-related substances given to animals fed a high fat diet. The progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone is a potent positive modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A-receptor, and both(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Allopregnanolone or 3α-hydroxy-5α-pregnan-20-one (AlloP) is normally sedative and anxiolytic, but can under provoking circumstances paradoxically induce aggressive behavior. Therefore, it is of particular interest to determine if there is a relationship between an anxiolytic effect and aggressive behavior following AlloP administration. (More)
Chronic stress and its concomitant neurobiological consequences are, in all probability, provocateurs of mental disease in humans. To gain some insight into the provocative effects of stress on hormonally dependent conditions, we developed a rat model that combines social subordinate housing (SSH) with withdrawal from combined progesterone (P) and estradiol(More)
Akademisk avhandling som med vederbörligt tillstånd av Rektorsämbetet vid Umeå universitet för avläggande av medicine doktorsexamen framläggs till offentligt försvar i Betula, byggnad 6M, fredagen den 12:e juni, kl. 09:00. Avhandlingen kommer att försvaras på Svenska. Abstract Background: Animal models can be used to mimic human conditions of(More)
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