Differential sexual activity of isolated and grouped male mice despite testosterone administration
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In Experiment 1, adult male C57 mice were castrated, housed individually or in groups of four, and repeatedly injected with either of two doses of testosterone. Control mice were sham-castrated, individually or group housed, and injected with oil vehicle. In repeated tests of sexual behavior with receptive females, isolated males in all surgery-dose combinations showed significantly more mounts and intromissions than did their group-housed counterparts. Ejaculations were fully restored by testosterone in castrated grouped males but not in castrated isolated males. In Experiment 2, administration of either of two doses of testosterone failed to elevate the sexual behavior of intact group-housed males. These experiments show that housing with other males depresses all major measures of sexual behavior, and suggest that this is probably independent of testicular hormones.
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