Neurosteroids and the Nervous System

  • Steven R. King

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Neuroscience book series (BRIEFSNEUROSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Steven R. King
    Pages 1-122
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 123-125

About this book


​While steroids from the periphery have profound effects on the nervous system, the nervous system also produces its own steroids de novo (“neurosteroids”). The physiological importance of neurosteroids is beginning to be understood. These steroids potentially have roles in sedative/hypnotic behavior, anxiety, learning, and memory. At the cellular level, neurosteroids affect neuronal excitability, synaptic plasticity and cell proliferation and survival. Early findings hold promise for future strategies to treat specific psychologicalconditions and neurological diseases. This Brief will focus on the current state of understanding of brainderived neurosteroids.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Steven R. King
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Cell Bilogy and BiochemistTexas Tech University Health Sciences CeLubbockUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5558-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5559-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-558X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5598
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