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Horm Behav. 2010 Sep;58(4):555-62. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.06.012. Epub 2010 Jun 23.

The neuroendocrine action potential. Winner of the 2008 Frank Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

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Section of Integrative Biology, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Institute for Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA. hans@mail.utexas.edu

Abstract

Animals are remarkably well equipped to respond to changes in their environment across different time scales and levels of biological organization. Here, I introduce a novel perspective that incorporates the three main processes the nervous system uses to integrate and process information: electrophysiological, genomic, and neuroendocrine action potentials. After discussing several examples of neuroendocrine action potentials, I lay out the commonalities of these temporally organized responses and how they might be interrelated with electrophysiological activity and genomic responses. This framework provides a novel outlook on longstanding questions in behavioral neuroendocrinology and suggests exciting new avenues for further research that will integrate across disciplines and levels of biological organization.

PMID:
20600047
DOI:
10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.06.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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