Advances in Oxytocin Research


Evan Anderson (Editor)

Series: Pharmacology – Research, Safety Testing and Regulation
BISAC: MED071000

Oxytocin (OT), a hormone with a well-known function in childbirth, breast milk secretion, formation of the mother-infant bonding process and social empathy, has recently been revisited from a systemic perspective to uncover possible links with or etiological characteristics of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Chapter one aims to provide an overview of the association of OT and its genetic polymorphisms with the most prevalent NCDs in the world population, seeking to integrate it to the thrifty phenotype hypothesis throughout the ontogenetic process.

Chapter two examines the experimental evidence accumulated over the last few decades which indicates that oxytocin can play a beneficial role in cardiovascular control. Chapter three studies recent evidence that demonstrates intranasal inhalation of oxytocin improves face-processing. The final chapter contributes to a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the age-related changes in body composition, sexual, and feeding behavior, in which oxytocin and cortisol probably play a relevant role.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Oxytocin and Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases: On Overview of Oxytocin Receptor Gene (OXTR) Polymorphisms and the Thrifty Phenotype Hypothesis
(Camila Bittencourt Jacondino, Maria Gabriela Valle Gottlieb, Nurse, PhD student Biomedical Gerontology by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2
Oxytocin in Cardiovascular Control: An Update
(Maja Loziæ, David Murphy, Nina Japundžiæ-Žigon, Institute of Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 3
The Influence of Oxytocin on Face-Processing Skills
(Rachel Bennetts and Sarah Bate, Bournemouth University, UK)

Chapter 4
Association among the Aging Process, Obesity, Sexual and Feeding Behavior and Oxytocin Levels: An Interface with Cortisol
(Laura Schlatter Rosemberg, Camila Bittencourt Jacondino, Maria Gabriela Valle Gottlieb, Nutritionist, PhD student Biomedical Gerontology by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil, and others)


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