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Mechanisms of Gonadal Steroid Actions on Behavior

  • Thomas C. Rainbow
  • Bruce S. McEwen

Abstract

In all known species of vertebrates, gonadal steroid hormones are powerful regulators of reproductive behavior. In laboratory studies, there is substantial evidence that the behavioral effects of gonadal steroids occur exclusively through actions on the brain. The ablation of particular regions of the rat hypothalamus will eliminate the facilitation of feminine sexual behavior by estrogen (E2) and progesterone (P), whereas the direct application of picogram quantities of E2 and P to the same regions is sufficient to stimulate sexual behavior.

Keywords

Sexual Behavior Behavioral Action Preoptic Area Gonadal Steroid Organizational Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas C. Rainbow
    • 1
  • Bruce S. McEwen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.The Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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