Reference : Potential contribution of progesterone receptors to the development of sexual behavio...
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Neurosciences & behavior
Potential contribution of progesterone receptors to the development of sexual behavior in male and female mice.
Desroziers, Elodie [> >]
Brock, Olivier [> >]
Bakker, Julie mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Biologie de la différenciation sexuelle du cerveau >]
Hormones and Behavior
Academic Press
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San Diego
[en] Progesterone ; development ; estradiol ; lordosis ; sexual behavior ; sexual differentiation
[en] We previously showed that estradiol can have both defeminizing and feminizing effects on the developing mouse brain. Pre- and early postnatal estradiol defeminized the ability to show lordosis in adulthood, whereas prepubertal estradiol feminized this ability. Furthermore, we found that estradiol upregulates progesterone receptors (PR) during development, inducing both a male-and female-typical pattern of PR expression in the mouse hypothalamus. In the present study, we took advantage of a newly developed PR antagonist (ZK 137316) to determine whether PR contributes to either male- or female-typical sexual differentiation. Thus groups of male and female C57Bl/6j mice were treated with ZK 137316 or oil as control: males were treated neonatally (P0-P10), during the critical period for male sexual differentiation, and females were treated prepubertally (P15-P25), during the critical period for female sexual differentiation. In adulthood, mice were tested for sexual behavior. In males, some minor effects of neonatal ZK treatment on sexual behavior were observed: latencies to the first mount, intromission and ejaculation were decreased in neonatally ZK treated males; however, this effect disappeared by the second mating test. By contrast, female mice treated with ZK during the prepubertal period showed significantly less lordosis than OIL-treated females. Mate preferences were not affected in either males or females treated with ZK during development. Taken together, these results suggest a role for PR and thus perhaps progesterone in the development of lordosis behavior in female mice. By contrast, no obvious role for PR can be discerned in the development of male sexual behavior.
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