Neurosteroids: regulatory mechanisms in male rat brain during heterosexual exposure.

Pregnenolone (delta 5-P) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) were measured in the limbic system of young adult male rats (M) exposed for several days to the scent of cycling females but in absence of sexual contacts (M/F), and compared to levels obtained in males similarly exposed to other males (M/M). delta 5-P was highest in the olfactory bulbs of M/M, as… (More)