Facilitation of sexual receptivity in female mice through blockade of adrenal 11β-hydroxylase Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Ovariectomized mice were given replacement estrogen and progesterone, and tested for sexual receptivity in the presence of mounting males after various pharmacological manipulations of adrenocortical hormone activity. In Experiment I, females received a chronic regimen of varied dosages of metyrapone, which blocks adrenal conversion of desoxycorticosterone to corticosterone. In each of three repeated measures, females given an intermediate dosage (800 micrograms/animal/injection) showed substantially higher levels of receptivity than those given vehicle injections or other dosages. In Experiment 2, corticosterone administration reversed the facilitatory action of metyrapone on receptivity. In Experiment 3, chronic administration of either desoxycorticosterone or progesterone failed to elevate receptivity. These findings suggest that corticosterone titer may play a role in modulating female receptivity in sexually inexperienced mice.

publication date

  • March 1985