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Mol Med Today. 1997 Jun;3(6):269-75.

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

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Dept. of Physiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore 21201, USA. mmccarth@umabnet.ab.umd.edu

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.

PMID:
9211418
DOI:
10.1016/S1357-4310(97)01058-7
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