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Neurosteroids and GABA-A receptor function
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
2011 (English)In: Frontiers in Neuroendocrine science, Vol. 2, no 44, 1-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Neurosteroids represent a class of endogenous steroids that are synthesized in the brain, the adrenals, and the gonads and have potent and selective effects on the GABAA-receptor. 3α-hydroxy A-ring reduced metabolites of progesterone, deoxycorticosterone, and testosterone are positive modulators of GABAA-receptor in a non-genomic manner. Allopregnanolone (3α-OH-5α-pregnan-20-one), 5α-androstane-3α, 17α-diol (Adiol), and 3α5α-tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone (3α5α-THDOC) enhance the GABA-mediated Cl- currents acting on a site (or sites) distinct from the GABA, benzodiazepine, barbiturate, and picrotoxin binding sites. 3α5α-P and 3α5α-THDOC potentiate synaptic GABAA-receptor function and activate δ-subunit containing extrasynaptic receptors that mediate tonic currents. On the contrary, 3β-OH pregnane steroids and pregnenolone sulfate (PS) are GABAA-receptor antagonists and induce activation-dependent inhibition of the receptor. The activities of neurosteroid are dependent on brain regions and types of neurons. In addition to the slow genomic action of the parent steroids, the non-genomic, and rapid actions of neurosteroids play a significant role in the GABAA-receptor function and shift in mood and memory function. This review describes molecular mechanisms underlying neurosteroid action on the GABAA-receptor, mood changes, and cognitive functions.

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2011. Vol. 2, no 44, 1-23 p.
Keyword [en]
allopregnanolone, THDOC, pregnenolone sulfate, GABAA-receptor, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, mood, cognition
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55123DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2011.00044OAI: diva2:525658
Available from: 2012-05-08 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-25Bibliographically approved

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