Estrogen synthesis in the brain--role in synaptic plasticity and memory.

Abstract

Estrogen and androgen are synthesized from cholesterol locally in hippocampal neurons of adult animals. These neurosteroids are synthesized by cytochrome P450s and hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (HSDs) and 5alpha-reductase. The expression levels of enzymes are as low as 1/200-1/50,000 of those in endocrine organs, however these numbers are high enough for… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.mce.2008.04.017

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