Courtship stimulates aromatase activity in preoptic area of brain in male ring doves

Susan D. Dudley, Ronald S. Salisbury, Elizabeth K. Adkins-Regan, Judith Weisz

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Abstract

Aromatase activity was quantified in vitro in different regions of the basal forebrain of male ring doves at various times after the initiation of courtship. By 24 h after the introduction of a female dove into the cage of a male, there was a significant, nearly two-fold, increase in aromatase activity which was confined to the ventromedial preoptic area (VM-POA) where enzyme activity was concentrated. This increase in aromatase activity, which was sustained through day 5 of courtship, presumably serves to activate nest-oriented behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1224-1226
Number of pages3
JournalEndocrinology
Volume115
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology

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