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Orexin: a unifying theory for a lesser known neurotransmitter

  1. Oct 5, 2014 #1

    Pythagorean

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    This perspective article covers several functions of Orexin, a lesser known neurotransmitter:

    Arousal and sleep/wake transitions
    Reward seeking
    Stress
    Homeostatic regulation

    Cognition: attention, learning and memory


    and concludes:

    http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n10/abs/nn.3810.html
     
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  3. Oct 5, 2014 #2

    atyy

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    Are you studying orexin?
     
  4. Oct 5, 2014 #3

    Pythagorean

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    No, my research is largely modelling of electrophysiology, modifying and fine-tuning kinetics of HH type models to represent animal neurons numerically.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2014 #4

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    A note about Orexin to assist in analysis of this hypothesis: orexin neurons originate only in the hypothalamus, but have targets all over the brain and spinal column.

    I am intending to look at Jon Kaas's Evolutionary Neuroscience to see if there's anything relevant in the evolution of the hypothalamus.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2014 #5

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    Is this a new hypothesis, or a review of a long-standing one?
     
  7. Oct 6, 2014 #6

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    Not sure, I've never heard of it before. I just saw it in nature neuriscience amd it sounded intetesting.
     
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