Pregnancy-Stimulated Neurogenesis in the Adult Female Forebrain Mediated by Prolactin

@article{Shingo2003PregnancyStimulatedNI,
  title={Pregnancy-Stimulated Neurogenesis in the Adult Female Forebrain Mediated by Prolactin},
  author={Tetsuro Shingo and Christopher Gregg and Emeka K Enwere and Hirokazu Fujikawa and Rozina Hassam and Colleen Geary and James C Cross and Samuel Weiss},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={299},
  pages={117 - 120}
}
Neurogenesis occurs in the olfactory system of the adult brain throughout life, in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but its physiological regulation is not understood. We show that the production of neuronal progenitors is stimulated in the forebrain subventricular zone of female mice during pregnancy and that this effect is mediated by the hormone prolactin. The progenitors then migrate to produce new olfactory interneurons, a process likely to be important for maternal behavior, because… 

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