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Neuroendocrine regulation of female aggression
De Moura Oliveira, Vinicius Elias; Bakker, Julie
2022In Frontiers in Endocrinology, 13
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Keywords :
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Abstract :
[en] Classically the neurobiology of aggression has been studied exclusively in males. Thus, females have been considered mildly aggressive except during lactation. Interestingly, recent studies in rodents and humans have revealed that non-lactating females can show exacerbated and pathological aggression similarly to males. This review provides an overview of recent findings on the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating aggressive behavior in females. In particular, the focus will be on novel rodent models of exaggerated aggression established in non-lactating females. Among the neuromodulatory systems influencing female aggression, special attention has been given to sex-steroids and sex-steroid-sensitive neuronal populations (i.e., the core nuclei of the neural pathway of aggression) as well as to the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin which are major players in the regulation of social behaviors.
Disciplines :
Life sciences: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Anatomy (cytology, histology, embryology...) & physiology
Neurosciences & behavior
Animal psychology, ethology & psychobiology
Author, co-author :
De Moura Oliveira, Vinicius Elias  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Biologie de la différenciation sexuelle du cerveau
Bakker, Julie  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > GIGA > GIGA Neurosciences - Neuroendocrinology
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Title :
Neuroendocrine regulation of female aggression
Publication date :
10 August 2022
Journal title :
Frontiers in Endocrinology
Publisher :
Frontiers Media SA
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Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [BE]
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