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Improved estrogen reception may sharpen fuzzy memory
Date:7/29/2008

foundation for the role of estrogen receptor alpha in mediating estrogen action in the hippocampus to restore select types of memory function," said Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences and biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, who was not involved in the study. "From a technology perspective, their technique to transfect the estrogen receptor is an exciting advance for researching steroid receptors in the brain."

Studying the effects of increasing the estrogen receptor in other brain regions may shed additional light on memory processes.

"The research brings up the idea that local activation of non-nuclear estrogen receptor-alpha is important for regulating memory processes in the hippocampus," said Teresa A. Milner, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College, who also was also not involved in the research.


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