Sexual Dimorphisms: How Sex-Shared Neurons Generate Sex-Specific Behaviors

Curr Biol. 2018 Mar 19;28(6):R254-R256. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.01.066.


How sexually dimorphic behaviors are represented in the brain is a long-standing question. Two new studies in C. elegans uncover novel molecular mechanisms that allow neurons shared by opposite sexes to generate distinct sex-specific behaviors.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Netrins
  • Neurons
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Sexual Behavior


  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins
  • Netrins
  • UNC-6 protein, C elegans