Species differences in the vasopressin-immunoreactive pathways in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and medial amygdaloid nucleus in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus).

Abstract:

:Vasopressin-immunoreactive (AVP-ir) cells in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) and medial amygdaloid nucleus (MA) and their AVP-ir projections to the lateral septum were studied in monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and promiscuous meadow voles (M. pennsylvanicus). A sexually dimorphic AVP-ir pathway was found in both species; males had more AVP-ir cells in the BST and MA, as well as denser AVP-ir fibers in the lateral septum, than did females. A significant species difference was also found. Overall, meadow voles had more AVP-ir cells in the BST and MA than did prairie voles. Male prairie voles, however, had a higher density of AVP-ir fibers in the lateral septum than male meadow voles. The species difference in the sexually dimorphic AVP-ir projections in the BST and MA is implicated in the rodents' different life strategy and behavior.

journal_name

Behav Neurosci

journal_title

Behavioral neuroscience

authors

Wang Z

doi

10.1037//0735-7044.109.2.305

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1995-04-01 00:00:00

pages

305-11

issue

2

eissn

0735-7044

issn

1939-0084

journal_volume

109

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