Mating-induced Fos and aromatase are not co-localized in the preoptic area

A Foidart, S L Meddle, J Balthazart

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Male sexual behavior is determined by the interaction of endocrine and environmental stimuli originating from the female, yet it is unknown how and where these stimuli are integrated within the brain. Activation of copulatory behavior by testosterone is limited by its central aromatization into an estrogen in the preoptic area. We investigated whether mating-induced neuronal activation as identified by the expression of the immediate early gene Fos occurs in aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) cells of the male quail preoptic area. Fos-immunoreactive (ir) cells were observed within and lateral to these ARO-ir cells groups but few ARO-ir cells contained Fos-ir indicating that mating-related stimuli do not directly affect estrogen-synthesizing cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-12
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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