Clinical and preclinical studies have suggested that fluctuations in the peripheral and brain concentrations of progesterone and deoxycorticosterone and its metabolites 3alpha,5alpha-tetrahydroprogesterone and 3alpha,5alpha-tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone, respectively, might play an important role in certain pathological conditions characterized by emotional or affective disturbances, including major depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. Moreover, it has been shown that administration of drugs having clinical relevance in the treatment of these pathologies influence the secretion of these steroids. It remains to be determined, however, whether such changes in the concentrations of neuroactive steroids are a cause of, a risk factor for, or a consequence of mental disorders. The observation that effective pharmacological treatment of some of these pathologies influences the concentrations of neuroactive steroids suggests that these endogenous compounds might themselves prove to be efficacious in the treatment of mental illness

Neurosteroids and neuroactive drugs in mental disorders

SERRA, MARIANGELA
2004

Abstract

Clinical and preclinical studies have suggested that fluctuations in the peripheral and brain concentrations of progesterone and deoxycorticosterone and its metabolites 3alpha,5alpha-tetrahydroprogesterone and 3alpha,5alpha-tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone, respectively, might play an important role in certain pathological conditions characterized by emotional or affective disturbances, including major depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. Moreover, it has been shown that administration of drugs having clinical relevance in the treatment of these pathologies influence the secretion of these steroids. It remains to be determined, however, whether such changes in the concentrations of neuroactive steroids are a cause of, a risk factor for, or a consequence of mental disorders. The observation that effective pharmacological treatment of some of these pathologies influences the concentrations of neuroactive steroids suggests that these endogenous compounds might themselves prove to be efficacious in the treatment of mental illness
neuroactive steroid; mental disorders
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