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Hippocampus. 2012 Apr;22(4):861-8. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20947. Epub 2011 Jun 20.

Oxytocin stimulates adult neurogenesis even under conditions of stress and elevated glucocorticoids.

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Department of Psychology, Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA.

Abstract

Oxytocin has been linked to social behavior, including social recognition, pair bonding and parenting, but its potential role in promoting neuronal growth has not been investigated. We show here that oxytocin, but not vasopressin, stimulates both cell proliferation and adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus of rats. Oxytocin is also capable of stimulating adult neurogenesis in rats subjected to glucocorticoid administration or cold water swim stress. These findings suggest that oxytocin stimulates neuronal growth and may protect against the suppressive effects of stress hormones on hippocampal plasticity.

PMID:
21692136
PMCID:
PMC4756590
DOI:
10.1002/hipo.20947
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