Special Issue "Therapeutic Potential of Targeting the Oxytocinergic System"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: Neuropsychopharmacology; oleoylethanolamide (OEA); eating disorder；brain oxytocin；gut-brain axis; pharmacological treatment；Alzheimer’s disease
Interests: Neuropharmacology, animal behavior; brain histamine; brain carbonic anhydrases; oxytocin; memory; food intake stress, Azheimer's disease
Oxytocin is a hypothalamic hormone that is directly secreted into the brain and reaches blood circulation through the neurohypophysis. Oxytocin modulates a wide range of neurotransmitter and neuromodulator activities as well as physiologic functions and behaviors, including social interactions, social memory response to social stimuli, decision-making, feeding behavior, emotional reactivity, aggressiveness, maternal behavior, sexual behavior, and so on. Thus, the oxytocinergic system continues to be the focus of intense exploratory research in animals and humans, as a possible therapeutic agent for the treatment of certain neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety-related disorders. The potential use of oxytocin in these disorders is attracting growing interest since numerous beneficial properties are ascribed to this neuropeptide.
This Special Issue will collect evidence about oxytocin as a research tool and therapeutic agent to highlight the need for further investigations that might contribute to the development of novel, safe, and successful therapies.
The oxytocin receptor system and signaling
Different populations of oxytocin neurons: magnocellular and parvocellular oxytocin neurons
Central versus peripheral oxytocin system
Oxytocin in neuropsychiatric disorders
Oxytocin and addiction
Oxytocin and autism
Oxytocin and control of eating and energy metabolism
Oxytocin and sexual behavior
Oxytocin and stress and aggressiveness
Dr. Adele Romano
Dr. Gustavo Provens
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- oxytocin receptor
- eating disorders
- mood disorders
- neuropsychiatric disorders
- sexual behavior
- maternal behavior
- eating behavior
- successful therapies