Chronic stress impairs allopregnanolone production in the basolateral amygdala, a brain area associated with mediating emotional response. The reduction of this neurosteroid results in depressive symptoms in animal models.
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While the incorporation of healthier legumes and fruits into diets improved over time, dietary quality was offset by the consumption of unhealthy components, such as processed meats and sugar-sweetened drinks.
The release of potassium ions from neurons charges the electrical activity of astrocytes, allowing for the control of neurotransmission. The astrocyte-neuron crosstalk raises questions as to how the interaction works in brain pathology and the implications for memory and learning.
Allopregnanolone, a neuroactive steroid used in the treatment of postpartum depression, alters neural communication in the basolateral amygdala, an area of the brain associated with emotion and mood regulation. The drug may alter the network associated with chronic stress, which may explain its persistent antidepressant effect.