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Agonistic Behavior

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Disease relevance of Agonistic Behavior

  • Compared with saline, both doses of arginine vasopressin significantly decreased lordosis responses to mounting and hop-dart proceptive behavior and trended toward significantly increasing agonistic behaviors [1].
  • Long-term changes in exploratory, social and agonistic behavior have been reported in rodents following developmental exposure to zidovudine (AZT), an agent commonly administered to pregnant seropositive women and their neonates to prevent HIV-1 transmission [2].

Psychiatry related information on Agonistic Behavior


High impact information on Agonistic Behavior

  • In the minority of trials when EB-treated males approach a stimulus male, they occasionally receive a neck grip to which they display receptive postures as opposed to agonistic behaviors [6].
  • We hypothesize here that interactions among oxytocin, vasopressin and glucocorticoids could provide substrates for dynamic changes in social and agonistic behaviors, including those required in the development and expression of monogamy [7].
  • Current results corroborate previous findings with respect to 5-HT1A receptor involvement in murine agonistic behavior and anxiety [8].
  • Ethopharmacological studies on the effects of antihormones on rodent agonistic behavior with especial emphasis on progesterone [9].
  • Administration of E to ovariectomized animals does not appear to produce significant effects on agonistic behavior and territorial scent-marking responses albeit in a few cases E appears to reduce agonistic tendencies toward male conspecifics [10].

Chemical compound and disease context of Agonistic Behavior


Biological context of Agonistic Behavior

  • After drug treatment, HET mice showed changes in complex behaviors, including male agonistic behavior, female postpartum aggression, and tactile discrimination performance [14].

Anatomical context of Agonistic Behavior


Gene context of Agonistic Behavior

  • In contrast, when the monkeys were challenged through direct eye contact with a human experimenter, the 25 micrograms IL-1 dose significantly increased agonistic behavior [16].
  • Our results suggest that changes in AVP V1a receptors do not account for the changes in agonistic behavior produced by acute social defeat but AVP V1a binding in the VMHL correlates with, and may modulate, the behavioral changes that occur following repeated experiences of victory [17].
  • They suggest that 20-HE orchestrates intrinsic, cellular, and nuclear events that produce the molt-cycle transformations in agonistic behavior and aggressive state of lobsters [18].
  • Modulation of agonistic behavior by the dual olfactory system in male mice [19].
  • Agonistic behavior, neuroendocrine and plasma metabolite changes, and muscle glycogen content were studied in 16 fed and 16 24 h-fasted domestic Large White pigs (100 +/- 5 kg) submitted to dyadic encounters (30 min) in a novel environment [5].

Analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic context of Agonistic Behavior

  • In this study, we used radioligand receptor autoradiography to examine whether changes in agonistic behavior following acute and repeated social defeat are accompanied by changes in AVP V1a receptor binding [17].


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  3. Male morphs in tree lizards have different testosterone responses to elevated levels of corticosterone. Knapp, R., Moore, M.C. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. (1997) [Pubmed]
  4. 5,7-Dihydroxytryptamine lesions of the ascending 5-hydroxytryptamine pathways: habituation, motor activity and agonistic behavior. Hole, K., Johnson, G.E., Berge, O.G. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. (1977) [Pubmed]
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  10. Hormonal regulation of sociosexual behavior in female mammals. Takahashi, L.K. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews. (1990) [Pubmed]
  11. Vasopressin and serotonin interactions in the control of agonistic behavior. Ferris, C.F., Delville, Y. Psychoneuroendocrinology (1994) [Pubmed]
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  13. Disruption of primate social behavior by d-amphetamine and cocaine: differential antagonism by antipsychotics. Miczek, K.A., Yoshimura, H. Psychopharmacology (Berl.) (1982) [Pubmed]
  14. Behavioral analysis of kanamycin administration to mice. Perdue, V.P., Eastman, W.W., Burright, R.G., Donovick, P.J. Neurotoxicology (1984) [Pubmed]
  15. Involvement of central amygdalar and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis corticotropin-releasing factor in behavioral responses to social defeat. Jasnow, A.M., Davis, M., Huhman, K.L. Behav. Neurosci. (2004) [Pubmed]
  16. Context-dependent behavioral effects of interleukin-1 in the rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta). Friedman, E.M., Reyes, T.M., Coe, C.L. Psychoneuroendocrinology (1996) [Pubmed]
  17. Repeated agonistic encounters in hamsters modulate AVP V1a receptor binding. Cooper, M.A., Karom, M., Huhman, K.L., Albers, H.E. Hormones and behavior. (2005) [Pubmed]
  18. 20-hydroxyecdysone causes increased aggressiveness in female American lobsters, Homarus americanus. Bolingbroke, M., Kass-Simon, G. Hormones and behavior. (2001) [Pubmed]
  19. Modulation of agonistic behavior by the dual olfactory system in male mice. Bean, N.J. Physiol. Behav. (1982) [Pubmed]
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