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Anxiolytic and Anxiogenic? How the Transcription Factor MEF2 Might Explain the Manifold Behavioral Effects of Oxytocin

Jurek, Benjamin ; Meyer, Magdalena
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Abstract

The neuromodulator oxytocin, since its first synthesis by du Vigneaud in 1953, has mainly been associated with beneficial physiological effects, as well as positive social and emotional behaviors. This overall positive picture of oxytocin as the “love-, cuddle-, or bonding-hormone” has repeatedly been challenged since then. Oxytocin-induced effects that would be perceived as negative by the ...

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