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Brain Aromatase, Estrogens, and Behavior
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Brain Aromatase, Estrogens, and Behavior

Jacques Balthazart and Gregory Ball


Aromatase—or estrogen, as it is commonly known—is present in the brain and has been the subject of much recent research, not only with regard to menopause and the dwindling supply of estrogen and its impact on cognition, but the role estrogen in aging and plasticity in the brain. This book provides a review of what is known about aromatase and its distribution and regulation in the brain, and its many effects on behavior. The volume covers research on mammals (from rats to monkeys), as well as work done on birds, reptiles and amphibians, and fishes. Topics range from behavioral effects (genomi ... More

Keywords: aromatase, estrogen, menopause, cognition, behavior, sexual differentiation, brain repair, sensory processing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques Balthazart, editor
University of Liege, Belgium

Gregory Ball, editor
Johns Hopkins University

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Part I Historical Origins and Conceptual Basis of the Field

Part II Aromatase, Its Brain Distribution and Regulation

Part III Behavioral (Genomic) Effects of Locally Produced Estrogen in the Brain

Part IV Aromatase and Sexual Differentiation

Part V Aromatase and Brain Protection or Repair

Part VI Rapid Changes in Aromatase Activity & Rapid Effects of Estrogens

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