Influences of non-canonical neurosteroid signaling on developing neural circuits
Developing neural circuits are especially susceptible to environmental perturbation. Endocrine signaling systems such as steroids provide a mechanism to encode physiological changes and integrate function across various biological systems including the brain. ‘Neurosteroids’ are synthesized and act within the brain across development. There is a long history of steroids sculpting developing neural circuits; more recently, evidence has demonstrated how neurosteroids influence the early potential for neural circuits to organize and transmit precise information via non-canonical receptor types.