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More than reproduction: Central gonadotropin‐releasing hormone antagonism decreases maternal aggression in lactating rats

Bayerl, Doris S. ; Klampfl, Stefanie M. ; Bosch, Oliver J.


Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a major regulator and activator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Many studies have demonstrated the importance of GnRH in reproduction and sexual behaviour. However, to date, only a single study shows an involvement of GnRH in maternal behaviour where a 30% reduction of GnRH neurones abolishes a mother's motivation to retrieve pups. On this ...


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