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|RNA expression pattern|
Oxytocin receptors function as inducers of uterine contractions and milk ejection. Oxytocin receptors are expressed by the myoepithelial cells of the mammary gland, and in both the myometrium and endometrium of the uterus at the end of pregnancy. In some mammals, oxytocin receptors are also found in the kidney and heart.
The protein encoded by this gene belongs to the G-protein coupled receptor family and acts as a receptor for oxytocin. Its activity is mediated by G proteins which activate a phosphatidylinositol-calcium second messenger system. The oxytocin-oxytocin receptor system plays an important role in the uterus during parturition.
- Gimpl G, Fahrenholz F (2001). The oxytocin receptor system: structure, function, and regulation. Physiol. Rev. 81 (2): 629–83.
- Zingg HH, Laporte SA (2003). The oxytocin receptor. Trends Endocrinol. Metab. 14 (5): 222–7.
- Entrez Gene: OXTR oxytocin receptor.
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