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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Hormonal regulation of maternal behavior in rats: stimulation following treatment with ectopic pituitary grafts plus progesterone.

Changes in hormone secretions during pregnancy help to stimulate the onset of maternal behavior at parturition. To date, studies have demonstrated that estradiol (E2) appears to be a necessary component in the hormonal induction of maternal behavior in rats and other mammals. In the present study, we have reevaluated the contribution of E2, progesterone (P), and hormone-secreting pituitary grafts in the rapid induction of maternal behavior by measuring the behavioral effects of exposure to various combinations of P and prolactin-secreting ectopic pituitary grafts in the absence of estrogen. Adult hypophysectomized and nonhypophysectomized nulliparous rats were ovariectomized 2-3 days (Treatment Day 1) after their arrival in our laboratory. In Experiment #1, experimental, hypophysectomized rats were implanted s.c. with 6 P-filled Silastic capsules and given 2 anterior pituitary (AP) glands that were grafted beneath the kidney capsule on Treatment Day 1. Controls were given blank implants and were sham-grafted. P-filled and blank Silastic capsules were removed on Day 11, and behavioral testing was conducted once-a-day beginning on Day 12 for eleven days. Animals treated with P-plus-pituitary grafts displayed full maternal behavior significantly faster than did controls (median latencies of 3.0 and 7.5 days, respectively). In Experiment #2, nonhypophysectomized rats were assigned to one of three treatments. On Treatment Day 1, one group of rats received 6 P-filled Silastic implants and had 2 AP glands grafted under their renal capsules. A second group of animals received 6 P capsules and was sham-grafted, while controls were given blank implants and were sham-grafted.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


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