Differences in Number of Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Associated with Summer and Winter Photoperiods in Humans

@inproceedings{Aumann2016DifferencesIN,
  title={Differences in Number of Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Associated with Summer and Winter Photoperiods in Humans},
  author={Tim Douglas Aumann and Mai Raabus and Doris Tomas and Agustinus Prijanto and Leonid Churilov and Nicholas C. Spitzer and Malcolm K. Horne},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2016}
}
Recent evidence indicates the number of dopaminergic neurons in the adult rodent hypothalamus and midbrain is regulated by environmental cues, including photoperiod, and that this occurs via up- or down-regulation of expression of genes and proteins that are important for dopamine (DA) synthesis in extant neurons ('DA neurotransmitter switching'). If the same occurs in humans, it may have implications for neurological symptoms associated with DA imbalances. Here we tested whether there are… CONTINUE READING
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