Vasopressin Action in the Mammalian Cerebral Cortex

  • Roberta Diaz Brinton
  • Rose S. Yamazaki
  • Qi Chen
  • Michael Son
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 449)


One of the hallmark characteristics of the cerebral cortex is its integrative capacity. Information derived from the external environment, from systems that control homeostasis and from internal conscious and unconscious events all converge onto the cerebral cortex for processing and storage1. A critical, as yet unanswered question, concerns the mechanism(s) by which integration of information occurs in the cerebral cortex. To address this question, we have investigated the receptor system for the neural peptide, vasopressin, which has been found to enhance long-term memory function, a cognitive function associated with the cerebral cortex.


Cerebral Cortex Cortical Neuron Vasopressin Receptor Receptor mRNA Expression Vasopressin Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Diaz Brinton
    • 1
  • Rose S. Yamazaki
    • 1
  • Qi Chen
    • 1
  • Michael Son
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, The Neuroscience ProgramUniversity of Southern California, Pharmaceutical Sciences CenterLos AngelesUSA

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