Distribution of aromatase activity in the brain and peripheral tissues of passerine and nonpasserine avian species.

Many behavioral effects of testosterone on hypothalamic and limbic brain areas are mediated by the action, at the cellular level, of estrogens derived from local testosterone aromatization. Aromatase activity and cells containing the aromatase protein and mRNA have accordingly been identified in the brain areas involved in the control of behavior. The… (More)