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High throughput analysis reveals dissociable gene expression profiles in two independent neural systems involved in the regulation of social behavior

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  • Tyler J Stevenson
  • Kirstin Replogle
  • Jenny Drnevich
  • David F Clayton
  • Gregory F Ball

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Original languageEnglish
Article number126
JournalBMC Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - 2012


Production of contextually appropriate social behaviors involves integrated activity across many brain regions. Many songbird species produce complex vocalizations called 'songs' that serve to attract potential mates, defend territories, and/or maintain flock cohesion. There are a series of discrete interconnect brain regions that are essential for the successful production of song. The probability and intensity of singing behavior is influenced by the reproductive state. The objectives of this study were to examine the broad changes in gene expression in brain regions that control song production with a brain region that governs the reproductive state.

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  • Analysis of Variance, Animals, Gene Expression, High Vocal Center, Intermediate Filament Proteins, Laparotomy, Male, Microtubules, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases, Neural Pathways, Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis, Photoperiod, Preoptic Area, Receptors, Steroid, Reproduction, Social Behavior, Starlings, Transcriptome, Up-Regulation, Vocalization, Animal

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