Reproductive Hormone May Curb COVID-19 Inflammation

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Newswise — Article title: Oxytocin’s anti-inflammatory and proimmune functions in COVID-19: a transcriptomic signature-based approach

Authors: Ali S. Imami, Sinead M. O’Donovan, Justin F. Creeden, Xiaojun Wu, Hunter Eby, Cheryl B. McCullumsmith, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Robert E. McCullumsmith, Elissar Andari

From the authors: “Understanding the mechanisms by which [oxytocin] or the [oxytocin system] can be a new immune target is crucial.”

This study is highlighted as one of October’s "best of the best" as part of the American Physiological Society's APSselect program.

 

 

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