Histaminergic neurotransmission as a gateway for the effects of the fat sensing molecule Oleoylethanolamide : focus on cognition and stress-reactivity

2019 - Firenze University Press
ID: 4620637
ISBN: 9788864539959
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    120 p.


    • The histaminergic system is a pleiotropic system that commands general states of metabolism and consciousness, including learning and memorizing both pleasurable and aversive events. Brain histamine mediates the central effects of a signal molecule produced in the intestine, namely oleoylethanolamide (OEA). OEA is released by the enterocytes in response to high fat intake and reduces eating, by indirectly activating a subpopulation of histaminergic neurons. In her thesis, she explored other potential interactions between these two systems in the pursuit of unexplored neuronal mechanisms that may shed light on the mode of action of psychoactive agents and possibly lead to the development of new drugs.Alessia Costa obtained her master's degree in Pharmacy (2013) and PhD in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Innovative Treatments (2018) at the University of Florence. She is currently a post-doctoral research associate of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. [Publisher's text]