L-dopa reverses castration-induced disruption of dishabituation responses to female chemical cues in male rats.

Title

L-dopa reverses castration-induced disruption of dishabituation responses to female chemical cues in male rats.

Creator

Guan X; Dluzen D E

Publisher

Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior

Date

1994
1994-06

Description

In the present experiment, habituation/dishabituation behavioral tests were conducted to measure discriminatory olfactory recognition responses to chemical cues among control, castrated, and castrated+L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA)-treated male rats. Castration produced a disruption of dishabituation responses to female urine, and this effect was reversed by treatment with L-DOPA. In the posterior olfactory bulb, 3,4-dihydroxyphenlacetic acid (DOPAC) levels were significantly increased in L-DOPA-treated animals compared with the vehicle-treated control and castrated groups. No significant differences in olfactory bulb norepinephrine or dopamine concentrations among the three treatment groups were obtained. The restoration of behavioral dishabituation responses following L-DOPA treatment suggests that the catecholaminergic system of the olfactory bulb may play a critical role in the recognition and possibly attractions for or preferences to female chemical cues.

Subject

*Cues; *Orchiectomy; 3; 4-Dihydroxyphenylacetic Acid/metabolism; Animal/*drug effects/physiology; Animals; Brain Chemistry/drug effects/physiology; Catecholamines/metabolism; Discrimination (Psychology)/drug effects; Female; Habituation; Levodopa/*pharmacology; Male; Olfactory Bulb/drug effects/metabolism/physiology; Psychophysiologic/*drug effects; Rats; Sexual Behavior; Sprague-Dawley; Urine/physiology

Rights

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Pages

515–519

Issue

2

Volume

48

Citation

Guan X; Dluzen D E, “L-dopa reverses castration-induced disruption of dishabituation responses to female chemical cues in male rats.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 19, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3334.

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