Neuroactive steroids and ethanol

Robert H. Purdy, C. Fernando Valenzuela, Patricia H. Janak, Deborah A. Finn, Giovanni Biggio, Torbjörn Bäckström

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This article presents the proceedings of a symposium presented at the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism 12th World Congress on Biomedical Alcohol Research, held in Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany, from September 29 to October 2, 2004. The organizer and chairperson was Robert H. Purdy. The presentations were (1) Fetal ethanol-induced increase in brain levels of pregnenolone sulfate, by C. Fernando Valenzuela; (2) GABAergic neuroactive steroids after ethanol self-administration and relapse, by Patricia H. Janak; (3) Neuroactive steroid modulation of ethanol intake patterns in C57BL/6J mice, by Deborah A. Finn; (4) Role of neurosteroids in ethanol dependence and GABAA receptor plasticity, by Giovanni Biggio; and (5) Alcohol and neuroactive steroid interactions in the menstrual cycle, by Torbjörn Bäckström.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1292-1298
Number of pages7
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Allopregnanolone
  • Ethanol
  • GABA receptors
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Neuroactive steroids
  • Pregnenolone sulfate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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