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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202355/ovarian-hormone-fluctuations-predict-within-cycle-shifts-in-women-s-food-intake
#1
James R Roney, Zachary L Simmons
What role do ovarian hormones play in modulating day-to-day shifts in women's motivational priorities? In many nonhuman mammals, estradiol causes drops in feeding and foraging, progesterone reverses this effect, and the two hormones in combination produce cycle phase shifts characterized by lower food intake near ovulation when sexual receptivity is at its peak. Hormonal predictors of within-cycle shifts in women's total food intake have not been previously tested. Here, in a study with both daily hormone measures and self-reported food intake, we found that within-cycle fluctuations in estradiol negatively predicted shifts in food intake, progesterone fluctuations positively predicted them, and the two hormones together statistically mediated a significant peri-ovulatory drop in eating...
February 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202354/non-invasive-monitoring-of-physiological-markers-in-primates
#2
REVIEW
V Behringer, T Deschner
The monitoring of endocrine markers that inform about an animal's physiological state has become an invaluable tool for studying the behavioral ecology of primates. While the collection of blood samples usually requires the animal to be caught and immobilized, non-invasively collected samples of saliva, urine, feces or hair can be obtained without any major disturbance of the subject of interest. Such samples enable repeated collection which is required for matching behavioral information over long time periods with detailed information on endocrine markers...
February 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189642/red-winged-blackbirds-agelaius-phoeniceus-with-higher-baseline-glucocorticoids-also-invest-less-in-incubation-and-clutch-mass
#3
Laura A Schoenlea, Alana M Dudek, Ignacio T Moore, Frances Bonier
Glucocorticoid hormones facilitate responses to environmental challenges by mediating diverse physiological and behavioral changes, including resource mobilization and altered reproductive effort. Elevated glucocorticoids might indicate that an individual is facing high levels of environmental challenges and thus, elevated concentrations might be associated with reduced fitness (CORT-fitness hypothesis). Alternatively, the energetic demands of reproduction might be a challenge that requires elevated glucocorticoids to mobilize resources to support reproductive effort, ultimately increasing reproductive investment and fitness (CORT-adaptation hypothesis)...
February 9, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189643/does-testosterone-affect-foraging-behavior-in-male-frogs
#4
Julia L Desprat, Nathalie Mondy, Thierry Lengagne
During the breeding season, males often produce costly and extravagant displays or physical ornaments to attract females. Numerous studies have established that testosterone could directly influence the expression of certain sexual signals. However, few of these studies have focused on the indirect role that testosterone could play in modulating prey detection and visual performance to improve the foraging ability of males and hence their acquisition of nutritional resource. In the present study, we experimentally modified the testosterone levels of European tree frog males (Hyla arborea), staying in the natural range previously measured in the field, and we investigated the effect of testosterone on the foraging ability of individuals...
February 8, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189641/effects-of-interpersonal-violence-related-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-on-mother-and-child-diurnal-cortisol-rhythm-and-cortisol-reactivity-to-a-laboratory-stressor-involving-separation
#5
Maria I Cordero, Dominik A Moser, Aurelia Manini, Francesca Suardi, Ana Sancho Rossignol, Raffaella Torrisi, Michel F Rossier, François Ansermet, Alexandre G Dayer, Sandra Rusconi Serpa, Daniel S Schechter
Women who have experienced interpersonal violence (IPV) are at a higher risk to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and impaired social behavior. Previously, we had reported impaired maternal sensitivity and increased difficulty in identifying emotions (i.e. alexithymia) among IPV-PTSD mothers. One of the aims of the present study was to examine maternal IPV-PTSD salivary cortisol levels diurnally and reactive to their child's distress in relation to maternal alexithymia...
February 8, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185881/the-association-between-endogenous-testosterone-level-and-behavioral-flexibility-in-young-men-evidence-from-stimulus-outcome-reversal-learning
#6
Esther K Diekhof, Susanne Kraft
The capacity to flexibly adapt responding to unexpected changes in the environment is crucial for survival. Several neurotransmitters have been implicated in stimulus-outcome reversal learning. Yet, it remains an open question whether inter-individual differences in the neuroactive hormone testosterone may also be related to this type of behavioral flexibility. In this study we assessed the association between endogenous testosterone level and reversal learning in young healthy men. We used an observer reversal learning task, in which subjects viewed computer-based decisions between two stimuli, of which one was currently rewarded while the other one was punished...
February 6, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174099/combining-field-work-and-laboratory-work-in-the-study-of-financial-risk-taking
#7
REVIEW
John Coates, Mark Gurnell
A contribution to a special issue on Hormones and Human Competition. Financial markets are periodically destabilized by bubbles and crashes during which investors display respectively what has been called "irrational exuberance" and "irrational pessimism". How can we best study these pathologies in competitive and risk-taking behaviours? In this article, we argue that a science of risk-taking and of the financial markets needs to draw heavily on physiology and especially endocrinology, due to their central roles in moderating human behaviour...
February 4, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167135/long-term-effects-of-adolescent-stress-on-neophobic-behaviors-in-zebra-finches-are-modulated-by-social-context-when-in-adulthood
#8
Michael G Emmerson, Karen A Spencer
Experiencing stress during adolescence can increase neophobic behaviors in adulthood, but most tests have been conducted in the absence of conspecifics. Conspecifics can modulate responses to stressors, for example by acting as 'social buffers' to attenuate the aversive appraisal of stressors. Here, we investigate the long-term effects of adolescent stress on the behavioral responses to novel stimuli (a mild stressor) across social contexts in an affiliative passerine bird, the zebra finch. During early (days 40-60) or late (days 65-85) adolescence the birds (n=66) were dosed with either saline or the hormone corticosterone (CORT)...
February 3, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167134/from-molecule-to-behavior-brain-aromatase-cyp19a1b-characterization-expression-analysis-and-its-relation-with-social-status-and-male-agonistic-behavior-in-a-neotropical-cichlid-fish
#9
Martín R Ramallo, Leonel Morandini, Agustina Birba, Gustavo M Somoza, Matías Pandolfi
The enzyme aromatase, responsible for the conversion of C19 androgens to C18 estrogens, exists as two paralogue copies in teleost fish: Cyp19a1a mostly expressed in the gonads, referred as gonadal aromatase, and Cyp19a1b, mostly expressed in the brain, accordingly known as brain aromatase. The neural localization of Cyp19a1b is greatly contained within the social behavior network and mesolimbic reward system in fish, suggesting a strong role of estrogen synthesis in the regulation of social behavior. In this work we aimed to analyze the variation in cyp19a1b expression in brain and pituitary of males of a highly social cichlid, Cichlasoma dimerus (locally known as chanchita), and its relation with inter-individual variability in agonistic behavior in a communal social environment...
February 3, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161388/estrogen-dependent-estrous-behavior-in-rabbits-is-antagonized-by-the-antiprogestin-ru486
#10
Gabriela González-Mariscal, José Antonio Gallegos, Rafael I Rueda Morales, Kurt Hoffman
Estrogen receptor-alpha (ERα) dimerizes with unliganded progesterone receptor (PR) in target tissues to trigger genomic and non-genomic effects. In ovariectomized rats the antiprogestin RU486 or antisense nucleotides against PR antagonize estradiol-induced sexual receptivity. We determined the relevance of unliganded PR for the expression of estrogen-dependent scent-marking (chinning) and sexual receptivity by injecting RU486 to: a) ovariectomized (ovx) rabbits given estradiol benzoate (EB; 5μg/day); b) intact rabbits...
February 1, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161387/temporary-removal-intranasal-oxytocin-but-not-vasopressin-augments-neural-responses-to-toddlers-in-human-fathers
#11
Ting Li, Xu Chen, Jennifer Mascaro, Ebrahim Haroon, James K Rilling
The publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated. The full Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy.
February 1, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131596/mother-child-adrenocortical-synchrony-moderation-by-dyadic-relational-behavior
#12
Maayan Pratt, Yael Apter-Levi, Adam Vakart, Yaniv Kanat-Maymon, Orna Zagoory-Sharon, Ruth Feldman
Mother-child adrenocortical synchrony, the coupling of cortisol (CT) secretion in mother and child, has been associated with shared parent-child experiences and maladaptive familial contexts. Yet, few studies tested adrenocortical synchrony in diurnal CT patterns. Guided by the bio-behavioral synchrony model, we examined whether mother-child relational behavior and maternal psychopathology may moderate the degree of concordance between mother and child's diurnal CT. Ninety-seven mothers and their six-year old children participated in two groups; mothers diagnosed with major depression disorder (N=28) and non-depressed controls (N=69)...
January 26, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131595/short-day-length-enhances-physiological-resilience-of-the-immune-system-against-2-deoxy-d-glucose-induced-metabolic-stress-in-a-tropical-seasonal-breeder-funambulus-pennanti
#13
Sameer Gupta, Chandana Haldar
Studies demonstrate the importance of metabolic resources in the regulation of reproduction and immune functions in seasonal breeders. In this regard, the restricted energy availability can be considered as an environmental variable that may act as a seasonal stressor and can lead to compromised immune functions. The present study explored the effect of photoperiodic variation in the regulation of immune function under metabolic stress condition. The T-cell-dependent immune response in a tropical seasonal breeder Funambulus pennanti was studied following the inhibition of cellular glucose utilization with 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG)...
January 26, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108326/neuromolecular-correlates-of-cooperation-and-conflict-during-territory-defense-in-a-cichlid-fish
#14
Chelsea A Weitekamp, Hans A Hofmann
Cooperative behavior is widespread among animals, yet the neural mechanisms have not been studied in detail. We examined cooperative territory defense behavior and associated neural activity in candidate forebrain regions in the cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. We find that a territorial male neighbor will engage in territory defense dependent on the perceived threat of the intruder. The resident male, on the other hand, engages in defense based on the size and behavior of his partner, the neighbor. In the neighbor, we find that an index of engagement correlates with neural activity in the putative homolog of the mammalian basolateral amygdala and in the preoptic area, as well as in preoptic dopaminergic neurons...
January 18, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104355/allopregnanolone-induces-state-dependent-fear-via-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis
#15
Gillian M Acca, Abel S Mathew, Jingji Jin, Stephen Maren, Naomi Nagaya
Gonadal steroids and their metabolites have been shown to be important modulators of emotional behavior. Allopregnanolone (ALLO), for example, is a metabolite of progesterone that has been linked to anxiety-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. In rodents, it has been shown to reduce anxiety in a number of behavioral paradigms including Pavlovian fear conditioning. We have recently found that expression of conditioned contextual (but not auditory) freezing in rats can be suppressed by infusion of ALLO into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST)...
January 16, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065712/experimentally-reducing-corticosterone-mitigates-rapid-captivity-effects-on-behavior-but-not-body-composition-in-a-wild-bird
#16
Christine R Lattin, Anita V Pechenenko, Richard E Carson
Wild animals and captives display physiological and behavioral differences, and it has been hypothesized, but rarely tested, that these differences are caused by sustained elevation of the hormone corticosterone. We used repeated computed tomography (CT) imaging to examine body composition changes in breeding male and female wild house sparrows (Passer domesticus; n=20) in response to two weeks of captivity, and assessed behavioral changes using video recordings. Half of the birds received the drug mitotane, which significantly decreased stress-induced corticosterone titers compared to controls...
January 5, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065711/a-comparison-of-the-effects-of-male-pheromone-priming-and-optogenetic-inhibition-of-accessory-olfactory-bulb-forebrain-inputs-on-the-sexual-behavior-of-estrous-female-mice
#17
Elizabeth A McCarthy, Tenzin Kunkhyen, Wayne J Korzan, Ajay Naik, Arman Maqsudlu, James A Cherry, Michael J Baum
Previous research has shown that repeated testing with a stimulus male is required for ovariectomized, hormone-primed female mice to become sexually receptive (show maximal lordosis quotients; LQs) and that drug-induced, epigenetic enhancement of estradiol receptor function accelerated the improvement in LQs otherwise shown by estrous females with repeated testing. We asked whether pre-exposure to male pheromones ('pheromone priming') would also accelerate the improvement in LQs with repeated tests and whether optogenetic inhibition of accessory olfactory bulb (AOB) projection neurons could inhibit lordosis in sexually experienced estrous female mice...
January 5, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063803/tamoxifen-and-ici-182-780-activate-hypothalamic-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-1-to-rapidly-facilitate-lordosis-in-female-rats
#18
Nathan Long, Bertha Long, Asma Mana, Dream Le, Lam Nguyen, Sima Chokr, Kevin Sinchak
In the female rat, sexual receptivity (lordosis) can be facilitated by sequential activation of estrogen receptor (ER) α and G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER) by estradiol. In the estradiol benzoate (EB) primed ovariectomized (OVX) rat, EB initially binds to ERα in the plasma membrane that complexes with and transactivates metabotropic glutamate receptor 1a to activate β-endorphin neurons in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus (ARH) that project to the medial preoptic nucleus (MPN). This activates MPN μ-opioid receptors (MOP), inhibiting lordosis...
January 4, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062232/interactions-between-estradiol-and-haloperidol-on-perseveration-and-reversal-learning-in-amphetamine-sensitized-female-rats
#19
Anne Almey, Lauren Arena, Joshua Oliel, Waqqas M Shams, Nada Hafez, Cynthia Mancinelli, Lukas Henning, Aleks Tsanev, Wayne G Brake
There are sex differences associated with schizophrenia, as women exhibit later onset of the disorder, less severe symptomatology, and better response to antipsychotic medications. Estrogens are thought to play a role in these sex differences; estrogens facilitate the effects of antipsychotic medications to reduce the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, but it remains unclear whether estrogens protect against the cognitive symptoms of this disorder. Amphetamine sensitization is used to model some symptoms of schizophrenia in rats, including cognitive deficits like excessive perseveration and slower reversal learning...
January 4, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062231/the-effect-of-maternal-glucocorticoid-levels-on-juvenile-docility-in-yellow-bellied-marmots
#20
Matthew B Petelle, Brian N Dang, Daniel T Blumstein
Maternal effects can have significant and long-term consequences on offspring behavior and survival, while consistent individual differences (i.e., personality) can have profound impacts on individual fitness. Thus, both can influence population dynamics. However, the underlying mechanisms that determine variation in personality traits are poorly understood. Maternal effects are one potential mechanism that may explain personality variation. We capitalized on a long-term study of yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) to identify maternal effects on juvenile docility...
January 4, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
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