Central nervous system actions of oxytocin and modulation of behavior in humans. Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Receptors, Oxytocin

MeSH Major

  • Behavior
  • Brain
  • Oxytocin
  • Pituitary Gland, Posterior

abstract

  • The posterior pituitary hormone oxytocin has modulatory effects on neural functioning that are significant to the regulation of behavior. Basic research in animals has established the importance of oxytocin in affiliation, including mating, pair bonding and parenting behaviors. It is also an important regulator of feeding, grooming and responses to stress. The actions of oxytocin in the brain are regulated by gonadal steroid hormones, particularly estrogen. Oxytocin might also influence normal behavior in humans, and dysfunctions in the oxytocin system might be involved in the etiology and expression of neuropsychiatric disorders.

publication date

  • June 1997

has subject area

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Behavior
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Brain
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oxytocin
  • Pituitary Gland, Posterior
  • Receptors, Oxytocin

Research

keywords

  • Journal Article
  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S1357-4310(97)01058-7

PubMed ID

  • 9211418

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 269

end page

  • 275

volume

  • 3

number

  • 6