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Prolactin, neurogenesis, and maternal behaviors.
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PMID:  21820505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Elevated prolactin during pregnancy increases neurogenesis in the subventricular zone of the lateral ventricle (SVZ) of the maternal brain. Evidence from our laboratory has shown that low prolactin in early pregnancy, and the consequent suppression of neurogenesis in the SVZ in the adult brain, is associated with increased postpartum anxiety and markedly impaired maternal behavior. Daughters of low prolactin mothers also display increased anxiety and a significant delay in the onset of puberty, which is associated with epigenetic changes in neuronal development (see Fig. 1). This suggests that, in rodents, low prolactin in early pregnancy exerts long-term effects that influence maternal mood postpartum, and offspring development. This mini-review aims to summarize the evidence showing that the prolactin-induced increase in SVZ neurogenesis during pregnancy underlies normal postpartum maternal interactions with pups.
C M Larsen; D R Grattan
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain, behavior, and immunity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1090-2139     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
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Created Date:  2011-8-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8800478     Medline TA:  Brain Behav Immun     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Centre for Neuroendocrinology, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
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