Male pheromones initiate prolactin-induced neurogenesis and advance maternal behavior in female mice.

@article{Larsen2008MalePI,
  title={Male pheromones initiate prolactin-induced neurogenesis and advance maternal behavior in female mice.},
  author={Caroline M Larsen and Ilona C. Kokay and David R Grattan},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  year={2008},
  volume={53 4},
  pages={509-17}
}
Prolactin is required for rapid onset of maternal behavior after parturition, inducing adaptive changes in the maternal brain including enhanced neurogenesis in the subventricular zone during pregnancy. The resultant increase in olfactory interneurons may be required for altered processing of olfactory cues during the establishment of maternal behavior. Pheromones act through olfactory pathways to exert powerful effects on behavior in rodents and also affect prolactin secretion. Hence, this… CONTINUE READING

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