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See detailActivational effects of estradiol and dihydrotestosterone on social recognition and the arginine-vasopressin immunoreactive system in male mice lacking a functional aromatase gene.
Pierman, S.; Sica, M.; Allieri, F. et al

in Hormones and Behavior (2008), 54(1), 98-106

In rodents, parts of the arginine-vasopressin (AVP) neuronal system are sexually dimorphic with males having more AVP-immunoreactive cells/fibers than females. This neuropeptide neuronal system is highly ... [more ▼]

In rodents, parts of the arginine-vasopressin (AVP) neuronal system are sexually dimorphic with males having more AVP-immunoreactive cells/fibers than females. This neuropeptide neuronal system is highly sensitive to steroids and has been proposed to play an important role in the processing of olfactory cues critical to the establishment of a social memory. We demonstrate here that gonadally intact male aromatase knockout (ArKO) mice, which cannot aromatize androgens into estrogens due to a targeted mutation in the aromatase gene, showed severe deficits in social recognition as well as a reduced AVP-immunoreactivity in several brain regions. To determine whether this reduction is due to a lack of organizational or activational effects of estrogens, we assessed social recognition abilities and AVP-immunoreactivity in male ArKO and wild-type (WT) mice when treated with estradiol benzoate (EB) in association with dihydrotestosterone propionate (DHTP) in adulthood. Adult treatment with EB and DHTP restored social recognition abilities in castrated ArKO males since they showed normal female-oriented ultrasonic vocalizations and were able to recognize an unfamiliar female using a habituation-dishabituation paradigm. Furthermore, adult treatment also restored AVP-immunoreactivity in the lateral septum of ArKO males to levels observed in intact WT males. These results suggest that social recognition in adulthood and stimulation of AVP expression in the adult mouse forebrain depend predominantly on the estrogenic metabolite of testosterone. Furthermore, our results are in line with the idea that the organization of the AVP system may depend on androgen or sex chromosomes rather than estrogens. [less ▲]

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See detailVasotocinergic Innervation of Areas Containing Aromatase-Immunoreactive Cells in the Quail Forebrain
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Absil, Philippe ULg; Viglietti-Panzica, C. et al

in Journal of Neurobiology (1997), 33(1), 45-60

In the male quail forebrain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) elements are clustered within the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus (POM), nucleus striae terminalis (nST), nucleus accumbens (nAc ... [more ▼]

In the male quail forebrain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) elements are clustered within the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus (POM), nucleus striae terminalis (nST), nucleus accumbens (nAc), and ventromedial and tuberal hypothalamus. These ARO-ir cells are sensitive to testosterone and its metabolites: Their number and size increase after exposure to these steroids. The POM and lateral septum are also characterized by a dense vasotocinergic innervation that is also sensitive to testosterone. We analyzed here the anatomical relationships between ARO-ir elements and VT-ir fibers in the quail prosencephalon. Sequential staining for vasotocin, aromatase, or vasotocin plus aromatase was performed on adjacent 30-microm-thick cryostat sections. High concentrations of thin VT-ir fibers were observed within the POM, nST, lateral septum, periventricular mesencephalic central gray, and ventromedial and tuberal hypothalamus. There was a close correspondence between the extension of the ARO-ir cells and of VT-ir fibers. In double-labeled sections, all clusters of ARO-ir cells with the exception of those located in the nAc were embedded in a dense network of VT-ir fibers. Many of the VT-ir terminals appeared to end in the neuropile surrounding ARO-ir elements rather than directly on their cell bodies. This study supports the idea that the testosterone-dependent aromatase system is directly innervated by a testosterone-dependent peptidergic system. Aromatase-containing cells could therefore be modulated by steroids both directly and indirectly through the vasotocin system. Alternatively, this neuroanatomical arrangement may mediate the control of vasotocin synthesis or release by steroids. Functional studies demonstrate that both aromatase and vasotocin affect reproductive behavior in quail, and the present data provide anatomical support for the integration of these effects. [less ▲]

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See detailAfferent and Efferent Connections of the Sexually Dimorphic Medial Preoptic Nucleus of the Male Quail Revealed by in Vitro Transport of Dii
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Dupiereux, V.; Aste, N. et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (1994), 276(3), 455-75

The medial preoptic nucleus of the Japanese quail is a testosterone-sensitive structure that is involved in the control of male copulatory behavior. The full understanding of the role played by this ... [more ▼]

The medial preoptic nucleus of the Japanese quail is a testosterone-sensitive structure that is involved in the control of male copulatory behavior. The full understanding of the role played by this nucleus in the control of reproduction requires the identification of its afferent and efferent connections. In order to identify neural circuits involved in the control of the medial preoptic nucleus, we used the lipophilic fluorescent tracer DiI implanted in aldheyde-fixed tissue. Different strategies of brain dissection and different implantation sites were used to establish and confirm afferent and efferent connections of the nucleus. Anterograde projections reached the tuberal hypothalamus, the area ventralis of Tsai, and the substantia grisea centralis. Dense networks of fluorescent fibers were also seen in several hypothalamic nuclei, such as the anterior medialis hypothalami, the paraventricularis magnocellularis, and the ventromedialis hypothalami. A major projection in the dorsal direction was also observed from the medial preoptic nucleus toward the nucleus septalis lateralis and medialis. Afferents to the nucleus were seen from all these regions. Implantation of DiI into the substantia grisea centralis also revealed massive bidirectional connections with a large number of more caudal mesencephalic and pontine structures. The substantia grisea centralis therefore appears to be an important center connecting anterior levels of the brain to brain-stem nuclei that may be involved in the control of male copulatory behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailSexual differentiation and hormonal control of the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus in the quail.
Panzica, G. C.; Viglietti-Panzica, C.; Calacagni, M. et al

in Brain Research (1987), 416(1), 59-68

We recently identified a sexually dimorphic nucleus in the preoptic region of the Japanese quail, the medial preoptic nucleus (POM), which is significantly larger in males than in females. In the present ... [more ▼]

We recently identified a sexually dimorphic nucleus in the preoptic region of the Japanese quail, the medial preoptic nucleus (POM), which is significantly larger in males than in females. In the present study, we investigated the hormonal control of this morphological neuroanatomical difference and the possible relationships between the sexual dimorphism in POM volume and in copulatory behavior. Treatments which are known to affect sexual behavior were thus applied to different groups of birds and the POM volume was then measured. In one experiment, male and female quails were either gonadectomized, gonadectomized and treated with testosterone or left intact. The larger size of the POM in males was confirmed and treatments significantly affected the nucleus size which was decreased by gonadectomy and restored by testosterone treatment in both sexes to a level similar to that seen in intact males. In two other experiments, eggs were injected with estradiol benzoate on day 9 of incubation and the POM volume was measured in adulthood either in intact birds or in gonadectomized birds receiving a replacement therapy with testosterone. Despite the fact that estradiol benzoate treatment completely suppressed copulatory behavior, it did not affect the volume of the POM or slightly increased it. These data thus show that the POM volume is controlled by testosterone levels in adulthood and could thus be an interesting model for the study of the effects of steroids on the brain. [less ▲]

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See detailA sexually dimorphic nucleus in the quail preoptic area.
Viglietti-Panzica, C.; Panzica, G. C.; Fiori, M. G. et al

in Neuroscience Letters (1986), 64(2), 129-34

The cytoarchitectural analysis of the preoptic-anterior hypothalamic region of the Japanese quail reveals a sexual dimorphism in the total volume of the medial preoptic nucleus (significantly larger in ... [more ▼]

The cytoarchitectural analysis of the preoptic-anterior hypothalamic region of the Japanese quail reveals a sexual dimorphism in the total volume of the medial preoptic nucleus (significantly larger in males than in females). Different nuclei of the region (dorsal preopticus, suprachiasmaticus) do not show any statistically significant difference. The sex-related difference is more consistent comparing the distribution of dark volume. This last is due to a larger number of cells containing high amount of Nissl's substance in male than in female. Present findings represent the first example of sexual dimorphism in the avian hypothalamus. [less ▲]

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