Hypothalamic neuronal circuitry is responsible for the integration of endocrine, autonomic and behavioral responses in order to ensure homeostasis of the organism. My research area lies in the "endocrine arm" of this vast and multifaceted regulatory system and it concerns with the regulation of hormone secretion of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Specifically, my present research objective is to elucidate the intracellular signaling mechanisms by which endothelin-like peptides and dopamine affect pituitary hormone secretion and establish how steroid background influences the endothelin system in the pituitary gland and in the hypothalamus, respectively.
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