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Brain Res. 1989 Dec 4;503(2):354-7.

Estrogen administration increases neuronal responses to excitatory amino acids as a long-term effect.

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Department of Anatomy, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192.


Ongoing studies from this laboratory have demonstrated marked potentiating actions of the sex steroid 17 beta-estradiol (E2) on glutamate-induced excitation. In the present study, systemic injection of a physiological dose of E2 was demonstrated to augment significantly excitatory responses of cerebellar Purkinje (Pnj) cells to iontophoretic application of the specific excitatory amino acid (e.a.a.) agonists quisqualate and N-methyl-D-aspartate. Potentiation of e.a.a. responses was observed as rapidly as 5-10 min post E2, and was, in many cases, a persistent, non-decremental effect. These observed long-term actions of E2 may provide one mechanism for the activating effects of the steroid on sensorimotor function and seizure activity.

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