HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Olfactory input dominates reproductive behavior in mice

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Scientists at Harvard University have found strong signs that the pheromones driving reproduction and fertility in mice are detected primarily by the nose -- not by the specialized vomeronasal system that many researchers had suspected of receiving and processing the bodily chemicals that govern mating behavior. The unexpected finding may settle an ongoing scientific debate by providing evidence that key reproductive behaviors in mice arise predominantly, if not exclusively, from olfactory input instead of input from the vomeronasal, visual or auditory senses.

The results, from a team led by Harvard biologist Catherine Dulac, appear on the web site of the journal Cell this week, and will be published in the journal's Nov. 18 issue.

"It's always interesting when there is a surprise finding," says Dulac, professor of molecular and cellular biology in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. "Most biology textbooks now say that pheromones affecting reproductive behavior in non-human mammals are detected by the vomeronasal organ, while the nose processes all other odors. Our work suggests quite convincingly that the mouse nose processes both pheromones and other scents, and in fact provides much or all of the chemosensory input that drives mating."

Dulac and her colleagues made pioneering use of a retrograde pseudorabies virus, which is capable of traveling across the synapses separating neurons but does so in a direction opposite to that in which nerve impulses ordinarily travel. By injecting fluorescently marked virus into a mating center in the mouse hypothalamus -- a collection of neurons that produce luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH), which manages the development and function of mammalian gonads -- the scientists could trace backward to find the sensory receptors that first detect pheromones, species- and gender-specific chemical cues that drive anima
'"/>

Contact: Steve Bradt
steve_bradt@harvard.edu
617-496-8070
Harvard University
10-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Olfactory nerve cells expressing same receptor display a varied set of reactions
2. Olfactory system detects pheromones that control reproduction
3. Olfactory receptor cells may provide clues to psychiatric disease
4. Underwater robots work together without human input
5. Novel asthma study shows multiple genetic input required; single-gene solution shot down
6. Childhood environment influences reproductive function
7. March of Dimes awards $250K prize to stem cell research, reproductive biology pioneers
8. Delayed breeding is not necessarily costly to lifetime reproductive success
9. Universities in San Antonio and Hawaii study safety of assisted reproductive technologies
10. Exposure to dioxins influences male reproductive system, study of Vietnam veterans concludes
11. Conservative forces hampering progress in sexual and reproductive health

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Olfactory input dominates reproductive behavior mice

(Date:8/28/2014)... million kilometres of new roads will be built worldwide ... Earth,s last wildernesses, where they bring an influx of ... an ambitious study has created a ,global roadmap, for ... balance the competing demands of development and environmental protection. ... that estimates that natural importance of ecosystems and a ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... to alert the world to Global Warming, has called ... stored underground. He says that Carbon Capture, combined with ... to avoid global warming getting out of control over ... York) made the call during his presentation to the ... are meeting to discuss Carbon Capture and Storage. ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have assigned a ... of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow ... related forms found in Jurassic strata. , ... shallow marine habitat and were fossilized some 435 ... denizens of the Silurian seas although they ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go 2Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go 3Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored underground 2Paleontology: Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group 2
(Date:8/28/2014)... , Aug. 28, 2014  Next month, executives from clinical ... key industry events beginning with Patient-Centered Clinical Trials 2014 ... Boston , September 4-5. Patient recruitment experts ... Aaron Fleishman will share insights on the benefits ... variety of tactics – from media to mobile apps – ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 28, 2014  Armetheon, Inc. ( www.armetheon.com ), ... to late-stage cardiovascular drug candidates, today announced that ... round of financing. The Series A round was ... with participation from investors that included Atheneos Capital ... Larry Hsu , the founder of Impax ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 28, 2014 A new market ... world is available from Strategic Consulting, Inc., the ... Industrial Microbiology Market Review, Fourth Edition: Global Review ... (IMMR—4) tracks and compares microbiology test volumes, market ... Europe and Asia, and forecasts future volumes and ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... August 28, 2014 Supplementing their ... a promotion for Eppendorf Safe Lock Centrifuge ... purchase the highest quality tubes at an affordable ... for customers doing chemical, medical, pharmaceutical, and life ... are not regularly able to afford Eppendorf products. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BBK Worldwide Leads Sessions at Key September Events 2Armetheon Completes $7.0 Million Series A Financing 2Armetheon Completes $7.0 Million Series A Financing 32 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide 22 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide 3Eppendorf Safe Lock Centrifuge Tube Promotion Now Available at Major Pipette Distributor Pipette.com 2Eppendorf Safe Lock Centrifuge Tube Promotion Now Available at Major Pipette Distributor Pipette.com 3
Cached News: