Potential programming of dopaminergic circuits by early life stress

  title={Potential programming of dopaminergic circuits by early life stress},
  author={A. Rodrigues and Pedro Reis Le{\~a}o and Miguel Carvalho and Osborne F X Almeida and Nuno Sousa},
Stress and high levels of glucocorticoids during pre- and early postnatal life seem to alter developmental programs that assure dopaminergic transmission in the mesolimbic, mesocortical, and nigrostriatal systems. The induced changes are likely to be determined by the ontogenetic state of development of these brain regions at the time of stress exposure and their stability is associated with increased lifetime susceptibility to psychiatric disorders, including drug addiction. This article is… CONTINUE READING

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