Mating-induced FOS-like immunoreactivity in the rat forebrain: a sex comparison and a dimorphic effect of pelvic nerve transection.

@article{Wersinger1993MatinginducedFI,
  title={Mating-induced FOS-like immunoreactivity in the rat forebrain: a sex comparison and a dimorphic effect of pelvic nerve transection.},
  author={Scott R. Wersinger and Michael J Baum and Mary S Erskine},
  journal={Journal of neuroendocrinology},
  year={1993},
  volume={5 5},
  pages={557-68}
}
Previous research has shown that mating induces the expression of the immediate-early gene, c-fos, as detected by the increased presence of nuclear FOS-like immunoreactivity (FOS-IR), in specific forebrain regions of both male and female rats. In the male both olfactory-vomeronasal (O/V) and genital/somatosensory (G/S) inputs appear to contribute to the neural FOS response to mating whereas in the female G/S input carried by the pelvic nerves appears to mediate the forebrain FOS response. To… CONTINUE READING
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