Knowledge about th e female sex hormone estrogen has dramatically increased over the last two decad es and, most importantly, many novel findfindings have proven that estrogen is much more than “just” a sex hormone. While estrogen was initially investigated almost exclusively with respect to th e role it plays during sexua l differentiation and maturation, it is wellknown too, today for the ben eficial role it plays in th e nerve cells and the central nervous system (eNS). The activity of the sex hormone estrogen — and this applies to some extent to the male sex hormone te stosterone, too — is neither restricted to th e sex organs nor to sex function and sex behavior.


Estrogen Receptor Endocrine Gland Male Gonad Protein Hormone Female Menopause 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Behl
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für PsychiatrieMPG-NachwuchsgruppeMunichGermany

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