Arginine vasopressin and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide fibers make appositions with gonadotropin-releasing hormone and estrogen receptor cells in the diurnal rodent Arvicanthis niloticus

Megan M. Mahoney, Laura Smale

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Abstract

Diurnal and nocturnal animals differ with respect to the timing of a host of behavioral and physiological events including those associated with estrus, but the neural bases of these differences have not been elucidated. We investigated this issue by examining the distribution of cells containing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) as well as estrogen receptors (ERs) in relation to fibers containing peptides present in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in a diurnal animal, Arvicanthis niloticus (the unstriped Nile grass rat). We found that fibers containing two peptides found in SCN cells, arginine vasopressin and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide appeared to be in contact with GnRH and ER positive cells. These data suggest that temporal information is carried along the same direct pathways from the SCN to GnRH and ER neurons in day- and night-active species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-164
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Research
Volume1049
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arginine vasopressin
  • Arvicanthis
  • Diurnal
  • Estrogen receptor
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
  • Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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