Neuroactive Steroids and Brain Functions.- Neurosteroid: Molecular Mechanisms of Action on the GABAA Receptor.- Steroid Metabolism in Glial Cells.- Involvement of Neuroactive Steroids in Hippocampal Disorders: Lessons from Animal Models.- Estrogen Modulation of Visceral Nociception.- Neuroactive Steroids: Effects on Cognitive Functions.- Estrogen, Cholinergic System and Cognition.- Local Production of Estrogen and its Rapid Modulatory Action on Synaptic Plasticity.- Effects of Estradiol and DHEA on Morphological Synaptic Plasticity.- Pregnane Steroids and Short-Term Neural Plasticity.- Steroidogenesis and Neuroplasticity in the Songbird Brain.- Dehydroepiandrosterone, as Endogenous Inhibitor of Neuronal Cell Apoptosis: Potential Therapeutic Implications in Neurodegenerative Diseases.- DHEA and DHEA-S, and their Functions in the Brain and Adrenal Medulla.- Neurosteroids in the Aging Brain.- Neuroactive Steroids and Neuropsychiatric Disorders.- Dehydroepiandrosterone and Pregnenolone Alterations in Schizophrenia.- Neurosteroids in Cortical Development and the Etiology of Schizophrenia.- Neurosteroid Perturbation and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Schizophrenia: From the Mechanisms to the Treatment.- Dehydroepiandrosterone Administration in Treating Medical and Neuropsychiatric Disorders.- Allopregnanolone and Pregnenolone Alterations Following Pharmacological Agents in Rodents and Clinic Populations.- Reconsidering Classifi cations of Depression Syndromes: Lessons from Neuroactive Steroids and Evolutionary Sciences.- Neuroactive Steroids in Brain and Relevance to Mood.- The Role of Neuroactive Steroids in Anxiety Disorders.- The Role of Midbrain 3?,5?-THP in Mediating Exploration, Anxiety, Social, and Reproductive Behavior.- The Role of Progesterone and its Metabolites in Premenstrual Disorders of Affect.- Neurosteroid Derangement in Women Diagnosed with Eating Disorders.- Neurosteroids in Alcohol and Substance Use.- The Role of Neurosteroids in Development of Pediatric Psychopathology.
This book provides an up-to-date overview of the role of neurosteroids and neuroactive steroids in the regulation of brain processes and neuropsychiatric disorders. It addresses the neurosteroid function in brain development and plasticity, in both the normal and the pathological brain. It also suggests possible therapeutic approaches to the use of natural occurring or sinthetic neurosteroids. The contributors suggest that neuroactive steroids could have a role in clinical practice.
Relevance of neurosteroids to neuropsychiatric disorders
The multi-functional position of neurosteroids in the nervous system
Neurosteroids as pharmacological agents
The role of neurosteroids in brain development, neurodegeneration and neuroplasticity
The cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the activity of neurosteroids in the brain