Species differences in V1a receptor gene expression in monogamous and nonmonogamous voles: behavioral consequences.

@article{Young1997SpeciesDI,
  title={Species differences in V1a receptor gene expression in monogamous and nonmonogamous voles: behavioral consequences.},
  author={Larry E. Young and James T. Winslow and Roger A. Nilsen and Thomas R. Insel},
  journal={Behavioral neuroscience},
  year={1997},
  volume={111 3},
  pages={599-605}
}
Arginine vasopressin modulates a number of species-typical social behaviors, including social memory in rats, scent marking and aggressive behavior in hamsters, and partner preference formation and paternal behavior in monogamous rodents. The distribution of V1a receptor binding sites in the brain varies greatly among species. Using in situ hybridization in 2 species of voles with strikingly different patterns of V1a binding sites and social behaviors, the authors demonstrate that differences… CONTINUE READING

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