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Brainstorms

Estrogen Makes the Brain a Sex Organ

Stephen M. Stahl

Published: October 15, 1997

Article Abstract

Is estrogen a sex hormone or a neurotransmitter? Estrogen has welldocumen- ted actions on several neurotransmitter systems, including serotonergic, adrenergic, and cholinergic pathways and receptors. However, recent advances from molecular neuroscience reveal that estrogen does not appear to act like a traditional neurotransmitter.


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