Neurobiological Effects of Sex Steroid Hormones / Edition 1

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This book describes the neurobiological bases for how estrogen, and testosterone interact with parts of the brain. The contributors have all made significant contributions to the understanding of how these steroids regulate neural function, and how this activity is translated into reproductive behaviors necessary for the propagation of the species. The volume covers a broad range of topics, extending from the molecular and cellular processes, through the action of steroids on neurotransmission, all the way to defining the brain circuitry involved in both male and female behavior.
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'... a wealth of recent information ... an extremely valuable source of material for anyone needing an expert and readily accessible account of the latest developments in one or more particular aspects of the field.' J. B. Wakerley, Experimental Physiology

'... stands out from the usual collection of scientific papers.' Bonny Pilo, Journal of Animal Morphology and Physiology

'In this timely book, Micevych and Hammer have assembled an impressive collection of work ... I found the vast range of new materials marshalled in the book fascinating and intellectually challenging.' Mei-Fang Cheng, Animal Behaviour

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521454308
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Hormonal influence on neurons of the mating behavior pathway in male hamsters 3
2 Neural circuitry for the hormonal control of male sexual behavior 40
3 Estrogen receptor mRNA: neuroanatomical distribution and regulation in three behaviorally relevant physiological models 57
4 Hormonal regulation of limbic and hypothalamic pathways 85
5 Ovarian steroid interactions with hypothalamic oxytocin circuits involved in reproductive behavior 117
6 Sex steroid regulation of hypothalamic opioid function 143
7 Effects of sex steroids on the cholecystokinin circuit modulating reproductive behavior 160
8 Cholinergic regulation of female sexual behavior 184
9 Sex steroid regulation of tachykinin peptides in neuronal circuitry mediating reproductive functions 207
10 Dopaminergic influences on male rat sexual behavior 234
11 Studying neurotransmitter systems to understand the development and function of sex differences in the brain: the case of vasopressin 254
12 Neurosteroids and neuroactive steroids 281
13 Estrogen synthesis and secretion by the songbird brain 297
14 Neurobiological regulation of hormonal response by progestin and estrogen receptors 324
15 Molecular actions of steroid hormones and their possible relations to reproductive behaviors 350
16 Effects of sex steroids on the central nervous system detected by the study of Fos protein expression 363
17 Developmental interactions of estrogens with neurotrophins and their receptors 391
18 Sex steroid influences on cell-cell interactions in the magnocellular hypothalamoneurohypophyseal system 412
Index 433
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