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Oliwia Wójcik, Sylwia Lepak,Dorota Bartusik-Aebisher and David Aebisher
Medical College of The University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland
Part of the book: The Biochemical Guide to Hormones
Oxytocin is a very important protein that is important in many areas of human physiology. There is a lot of research on its applications, but a large part is not yet confirmed due to too few people being tested. Undeniably, however, oxytocin can be assigned a number of roles in experiencing emotions and generating personality traits. It is clear from many studies that increased activity of this hormone moderates or reverses the effects of abused drugs. Unfortunately, there is still no exact explanation for the changes in neuroplasticity. It plays an important role in nutritional processes. This hormone, in the future, may be a salvation for people with diseases such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease or bulimia. Performing more tests and introducing it as a drug (in other conditions than used so far) has a chance to improve the quality of life of many people.
Keywords: oxytocin, hormone, Alzheimer’s disease, nonapeptide, anorexigenic, mitogenically
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