Sci. STKE, 7 January 2003
Olfaction Mother Nose Best
Changes in the numbers of olfactory neurons or in neuroblast migration to the olfactory bulb can affect abilities to discriminate odors or establish new odor-related memories. Studying female mice, Shingo et al. show that the hormone prolactin induces increased production of olfactory cell precursors. The prolactin-induced changes were apparent during pregnancy and also just after mating. Odor discrimination contributes to recognition of mates and offspring. These insights into prolactin-regulated neurogenesis may provide a physiological basis for understanding certain complex, seemingly social, behaviors.
T. Shingo, C. Gregg, E. Enwere, H. Fujikawa, R. Hassam, C. Geary, J. C. Cross, S. Weiss, Pregnancy-stimulated neurogenesis in the adult female forebrain mediated by prolactin. Science 299, 117-120 (2003). [Abstract] [Full Text]
Citation: Mother Nose Best. Sci. STKE 2003, tw16 (2003).
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