Dennis A Baeyens

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Arginine vasotocin (AVT), a neurohypophysial hormone, has many essential functions in birds including the regulation of salt and fluid balance, blood pressure, the stress response and a variety of behaviors. In addition, AVT controls reproductive functions in birds that are served by oxytocin in mammals. In the following review, we examine the functions of(More)
The avian homologs of arginine vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) are arginine vasotocin (AVT) and mesotocin (MT), respectively. In birds, AVT shares many of the functions of AVP including regulation of fluid balance, blood pressure regulation and the stress response. AVT also plays an oxytocin-like reproductive role in birds by stimulating uterine (shell(More)
The neurohypophysial hormone arginine vasotocin (AVT) stimulates adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) secretion from the avian anterior pituitary gland resulting in increased adrenal secretion of corticosterone in response to stress. Here, we report molecular cloning and functional characterization of a gene encoding an AVT receptor subtype, designated the(More)
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