Intracerebral oxytocin is important for the onset of maternal behavior in inexperienced ewes delivered under peridural anesthesia.

Abstract:

:Measurement of cerebrospinal concentrations of oxytocin (OT) in intact and peridural-anesthetized ewes showed that central release of OT during parturition is inhibited by this anesthesia. Also, observations of maternal behavior and attraction to amniotic fluid (AF) in inexperienced peridural-anesthetized parturient ewes after intracerebroventricular injections of either OT (2 x 10 micrograms) or saline showed that OT infusions increased the proportion of maternal females (2/17 vs. 10/20; p = .01) and attraction to AF. This study confirms that in sheep vaginocervical stimulation activates the oxytocinergic system, which induces the onset of maternal behavior, and that this action is not limited to maternally experienced females.

journal_name

Behav Neurosci

journal_title

Behavioral neuroscience

authors

Lévy F,Kendrick KM,Keverne EB,Piketty V,Poindron P

doi

10.1037//0735-7044.106.2.427

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1992-04-01 00:00:00

pages

427-32

issue

2

eissn

0735-7044

issn

1939-0084

journal_volume

106

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