Characterization of the oxytocin system regulating affiliative behavior in female prairie voles.

  title={Characterization of the oxytocin system regulating affiliative behavior in female prairie voles.},
  author={Heather E Ross and Charlene D Cole and Yoland Smith and Inga D. Neumann and Rainer Landgraf and Anne Z Murphy and Larry E. Young},
  volume={162 4},
Oxytocin regulates partner preference formation and alloparental behavior in the socially monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) by activating oxytocin receptors in the nucleus accumbens of females. Mating facilitates partner preference formation, and oxytocin-immunoreactive fibers in the nucleus accumbens have been described in prairie voles. However, there has been no direct evidence of oxytocin release in the nucleus accumbens during sociosexual interactions, and the origin of the… CONTINUE READING
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