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Corpus callosum: ovarian hormones and feminization.

The rat's corpus callosum is sexually dimorphic with the male's being larger. This difference appears to depend in part on the neonatal presence of testosterone in the male and ovarian hormones in the female. To further investigate the possibility that ovarian hormones participate in the differentiation of the rat's callosum, females received one of the following treatments on postnatal day 8, 12 or 16: (1) ovariectomy (Ovx); (2) 1 mg of testosterone propionate (TP); or (3) sham surgery. All animals were handled daily from birth until weaning. They were sacrificed at 110 days and a mid-sagittal section of the callosum was obtained. From this section measures of callosal area, perimeter, length, and 99 widths were derived. Widths were averaged into 7 factors as defined by prior factor analysis. Ovariectomy, whether on day 8, 12 or 16, enlarged callosal area and 3 of the callosal width factors. TP had no effect on any callosal variable when administered on day 8, 12 or 16. A comparison of control males and females replicated our prior findings of sexual dimorphism. We conclude that ovarian hormones act to feminize the female callosum, and that their removal results in defeminization. Furthermore, the fact that ovariectomy was effective as late as day 16, while TP treatment on day 8 or later had no effect, suggests that masculinization and feminization of this structure constitute separate processes with distinct sensitive periods.[1]


  1. Corpus callosum: ovarian hormones and feminization. Fitch, R.H., Cowell, P.E., Schrott, L.M., Denenberg, V.H. Brain Res. (1991) [Pubmed]
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