Neural Estrogen and Progestin Receptors and the Neurochemistry of Reproductive Behavior and Sexual Differentiation

  • Bruce S. McEwen
Part of the Serono Symposia, USA book series (SERONOSYMP)


Gonadal steroids are secreted in response to signals emanating from the brain, and the signals in the brain are the integrated output of incoming information from internal and external stimuli. Among the external stimuli are the light-dark cycle and season of the year, as well as the presence and behavior of other animals who may represent competitors or potential sexual partners. The internal stimuli are comprised of interoceptive neural input, circulating hormones and the psychological state of the animal related to such states as sexual arousal and anxiety or depression.


Sexual Arousal Oxytocin Receptor Estradiol Benzoate Progestin Receptor Sequential Inhibition 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce S. McEwen
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  1. 1.Laboratory of NeuroendocrinologyRockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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