Development of neurotransmitter systems and their reflections on psychopathology


PERDAHLI FİŞ N. , Berkem M.

KLINIK PSIKOFARMAKOLOJI BULTENI-BULLETIN OF CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, vol.19, no.3, pp.312-321, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : KLINIK PSIKOFARMAKOLOJI BULTENI-BULLETIN OF CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.312-321
  • Keywords: Neurotransmitter, postnatal development, psychopathology, DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER, CORTICOTROPIN-RELEASING-FACTOR, PRIMATE CEREBRAL-CORTEX, CENTRAL-NERVOUS-SYSTEM, NEURONS IN-VITRO, PREFRONTAL CORTEX, POSTNATAL-DEVELOPMENT, HIPPOCAMPAL-NEURONS, BRAIN-DEVELOPMENT, CONDUCT DISORDER

Abstract

During early stages of postnatal period brain morphology consists of undifferentiated, large, nonproportional topographic configurations. Later, these initial structures undergo adaptive changes by way of sensory and motor experiences. Molecular maturation of the brain takes place via two different processes defined as experience-dependent and experience-expectant organization. The major neurotransmitter systems of the brain, namely acethylcholine, glutamate, GABA, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine undergo developmental changes, which occur in parallel with developmental topographic changes of the brain during postnatal period. On the other hand, any unexpected, changes in these systems are found to be related to different psychopathologies. In this review developmental changes in neurotransmitter systems that are expected to occur during postnatal period will be reviewed. Then the findings related to the neurotransmitter systems which are thought to be underlying causes for childhood and teenage psychopathologies will be discussed.