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Neurosteroids for a successful pregnancy.

Stress 2011 Jan;14(1):1-5

Department of Psychology, and Biological Sciences, Centers for Life Science and Neuroscience Research, The University at Albany-SUNY, Albany, NY 12222, USA.

Steroid hormones play a critical role in the initiation and maintenance of pregnancy. In particular, the important role that the progesterone metabolite, and neurosteroid, allopregnanolone, may play in fetal and adolescent development is becoming increasingly evident. Unlike steroid hormones, neurosteroids act at nontraditional targets in the central and peripheral nervous systems, including GABA(A) receptor complexes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10253890.2010.540050DOI Listing
January 2011
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