Vasopressin cells in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis of the rat: sex differences and the influence of androgens

Brain Res. 1985 Jan 28;325(1-2):391-4. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(85)90348-8.

Abstract

A sex difference in the number of vasopressin-immunoreactive cells was found in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis of the rat. The number of cells found in males exceeded the female corresponding value. A sharp decrease in the number of vasopressin-immunoreactive cells was noted 21 weeks after the castration of adult male rats. This decline could be reversed completely by a 5-week testosterone substitution therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diencephalon / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Immunochemistry
  • Limbic System / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Testosterone / pharmacology
  • Vasopressins / metabolism*

Substances

  • Vasopressins
  • Testosterone