Are gonadal steroid hormones involved in disorders of brain aging?
Article first published online: 28 JAN 2003
Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 31–37, February 2003
How to Cite
Azcoitia, I., DonCarlos, L. L. and Garcia-Segura, L. M. (2003), Are gonadal steroid hormones involved in disorders of brain aging?. Aging Cell, 2: 31–37. doi: 10.1046/j.1474-9728.2003.00013.x
- Issue published online: 28 JAN 2003
- Article first published online: 28 JAN 2003
- Accepted for publication 26 August 2002
- neurodegenerative diseases;
Human aging is associated with a decrease of circulating gonadal steroid hormones. Since these hormones act as trophic factors for neurones and glia, it is possible that the decrease in sex steroid levels may contribute to the increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders with advanced age. Sex steroids are neuroprotective in several animal models of central and peripheral neurodegenerative diseases, and clinical data suggest that these hormones may reduce the risk of neural pathology in aged humans. Potential therapeutic approaches for aged-associated neural disorders may emerge from studies conducted to understand the mechanisms of action of sex steroids in the nervous system of aged animals. Alterations in the endogenous capacity of the aged brain to synthesize and metabolize sex steroids, as well as possible aged-associated modifications in the signalling of sex steroid receptors in the nervous system, are important areas for future investigation.