Reference : Effects of exogenous gonadotropic and steroid hormones on the social behaviour and go...
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Neurosciences & behavior
Life sciences : Zoology
Effects of exogenous gonadotropic and steroid hormones on the social behaviour and gonadal maturation of male domestic ducklings Anas platyrhynchos L.
Balthazart, Jacques mailto [> > > >]
Hendrick, J. C. [ > > ]
Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie
Vaillant Carmanne
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[en] Aggression/drug effects ; Animals ; Body Weight/drug effects ; Ducks ; Estradiol/pharmacology ; Female ; Follicle Stimulating Hormone/blood/pharmacology ; Humans ; Luteinizing Hormone/blood/pharmacology ; Male ; Organ Size/drug effects ; Penis/drug effects ; Sexual Behavior, Animal/drug effects ; Sexual Maturation/drug effects ; Social Behavior ; Testis/drug effects ; Testosterone/blood/pharmacology
[en] Male domestic ducklings were injected during their first month of life with mammalian gonadotrophins (ovine LH or FSH, HMG) or gonadal steroids (testosterone or oestradiol). LH and testosterone stimulated sexual behaviour while oestradiol inhibited the increase of aggression observed in control birds during the experiment. The mammalian gonadotrophins did not increase plasma testosterone but nevertheless they all stimulated the testis growth. Several hypotheses which could explain this finding (stimulation of spermatogenesis without any apparent effect on testosterone) are discussed and the possibility of a direct action of LH on the sexual behaviour is analysed. Social displays were only moderately stimulated by testosterone and not at all by gonadotrophins. The hormonal controls of these behaviour patterns remains thus largely unknown.

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