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Inter-sexual variation in social interactions and distribution of estrogen receptor alpha in the brain of mandarin voles Microtus mandarinus

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Author(s): ZHAI Pei-Yuan, | TAI Fa-Dao | XUE Hui | Jia Rui

Journal: Acta Zoologica Sinica
ISSN 0001-7302

Volume: 54;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 1020;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Mandarin voles | Social interaction | ERα | Distribution | Sexual dimorphic

ABSTRACT
To explore the effects of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) on social behaviors of mandarin voles (Microtus mandarinus), same-sex social interaction tests in mandarin voles were conducted and the distribution of ERα immunoreactivity(IR) cells were examined in the brains of male and female mandarin voles by immunocytochemistry. The results showed that female mandarin voles displayed significantly less affiliation and more defense (P
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