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Serotonin and the Structure of Satiation

KENNY J. SIMANSKY

in Satiation: From Gut to Brain

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195105155
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105155.003.0009
Serotonin and the Structure of Satiation

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This chapter considers the roles of central and peripheral sites in mediating serotonergic effects in addition to the general relationships between pharmacological mechanisms and the organization of feeding. In analysing the physiological function, this chapter shows that current pharmacological techniques are powerful. It concludes that serotonergic systems appear to mediate motor sequences involved in feeding and to set the gain that determines the rate of transition from feeding to satiety, while other neurotransmitter and hormonal systems exert principal control to trigger the fixed action pattern.

Keywords: central sites; peripheral sites; serotonergic effects; physiological function; pharmacological techniques; fixed action pattern

Chapter.  18329 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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