Comparative biology of pheromonal communication

For those who are interested in the science of human pheromones, which includes cross-species comparisons, the reviews in this special issue may be important.

Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology

Volume 196, Number 10 / October 2010

Special Issue: Comparative biology of pheromonal communication in vertebrates

683-684 Editorial Matthieu Keller

685-700 Review Pheromones and signature mixtures: defining species-wide signals and variable cues for identity in both invertebrates and vertebrates Tristram D. Wyatt

701-711 Review Understanding behavioral responses of fish to pheromones in natural freshwater environments Nicholas S. Johnson and Weiming Li

713-727 Review Pheromonal communication in amphibians Sarah K. Woodley

729-749 Review Social behavior and pheromonal communication in reptiles Robert T. Mason and M. Rockwell Parker

751-766 Review Pheromones in birds: myth or reality? Samuel P. Caro and Jacques Balthazart

767-777 Review The rodent accessory olfactory system Carla Mucignat-Caretta

779-790 Review A pheromone to behave, a pheromone to learn: the rabbit mammary pheromone Gérard Coureaud, Rachel Charra, Frédérique Datiche, Charlotte Sinding and Thierry Thomas-Danguin, et al.

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  1. A new neuronal target of primer pheromones in the control of reproductive function in mammals

    Abstract: Pheromones are known to trigger either short-term behavioral responses, usually referred to as “releaser effects”, or more long-term physiological changes, known as “primer effects”, which especially affect reproductive function at the level of the gonadotrope axis. The precise mechanisms through which pheromones interact with the gonadotrope axis in the hypothalamus is not fully known. We propose that the neuropeptide Kisspeptin, could be a specific target of primer pheromones, allowing these pheromones to modulate the gonadotrope axis and GnRH activity. This emerging hypothesis is discussed in the context of puberty acceleration in female mice and the male effect in female ungulates (sheep or goat). These examples have been chosen to illustrate the diversity of the reproductive contexts in mammals and potential mechanisms affected by primer effects at the level of the gonadotrope axis.

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