Social environment and steroid hormones affect species and sex differences in immune function among voles.

  title={Social environment and steroid hormones affect species and sex differences in immune function among voles.},
  author={Sabra L Klein and Joyce E. Hairston and A Courtney Devries and Randy J Nelson},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  volume={32 1},
Testosterone has bipotential effects on male fitness; that is, it both suppresses immune function and maintains characteristics important for reproductive success. Presumably, these effects of testosterone may be more pronounced among polygynous species because testosterone concentrations are generally higher among polygynous than monogamous males. The present study examined sex and species differences in cell-mediated immunity among four arvicoline rodents. The role of mating system and sex… CONTINUE READING
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