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Neural Control of Reproduction: Physiology and Behaviour

Edited By: K Maeda, H Tsukamura and A Yokoyama

254 pages, 92 figs, 4 tabs

S Karger

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #76476 | ISBN: 3805565135
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Reproductive processes in mammals consist of a series of physiological events; spermatogenesis, follicular growth, ovulation, progestational stage, gestation, parturition and postpartum nurturing, including lactation. In order for offspring to be reproduced effectively, these processes must proceed in the proper chronological order. In this regard, the brain, pituitary gland and gonads make up a dynamic axis in which the brain holds first place. Reproductive behaviours corresponding to each physiological event, such as copulatory and maternal behaviours, must be synchronously expressed for successful reproduction. These behaviours are considered to be the expression of higher brain function, but the expression is strictly regulated by various components of the axis. By focussing on neural activities, this book improves understanding of the physiological processes and behaviours involved in reproduction.


Part 1 Neural mechanism of reproductive physiology: interactive hypothalamic neural circuitry in the control of reproduction - a bird's eye view, S.P. Kalra and P.S. Kalra; stochastic modelling of rhythmic neuronal patterns - application to the hypothalamic pulse generator, J.-C. Thalabard et al; controlling mechanism of GnRH pulse generator activity in the rat, M. Nishihara et al; LHRH pulse generation in the monkey - "in vivo" and "in vitro" studies, E. Terasawa and C.L. Nyberg; oestrogen feedback actions controlling the response of hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis to external stimuli in female rats, K. Maeda and H. Tsukamura; investigating the luteinizing hormone pulse generator in rats - the importance of lateral thinking, C.W. Coen et al; external and internal signals regulating GnRH secretion in ruminant species, Y. Mori et al; the key role of maternal neurohypophyseal oxytocin in parturition, A.J. Douglas et al; developmental aspects of oestrogen receptors in the rat brain, S. Hayashi et al. Part 2 Neural control of reproductive behaviours: neural control of reproductive behaviours - a bird's eye view, Y. Sakuma; synaptic mechanism of an olfactory memory in mice, H. Kaba; pheromonal effects on synaptic plasticity in the vomeronasal system, M. Ichikawa and M. Matsuoka; integration of chemosensory and hormonal cues in the control of male sexual behaviour, R.I. Wood; neural, neurochemical and hormonal regulation of reproductive behaviours in sheep, K.M. Kendrick; brain mechanisms inhibiting the expression of heterotypical sexual behaviour in rats, K. Yamanouchi; neuromodulatory role of oxytocin in the control of maternal behaviour, T. Higuchi and H. Kaba.

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