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Fiziologichnyi Zhurnal

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1955 – 1977 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0015 – 3311)
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Fiziol. Zh. 2015; 61(4): 41-47


CHANGES IN THE BRAIN TESTOSTERONE METABOLISM AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN MALE RATS PRENATALLY EXPOSED TO METHYLDOPA AND STRESS

A.G. Reznikov, N.D. Nosenko, L.V. Tarasenko, A.A. Limareva

    State Institution “V.P. Komissarenko Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”, Kyiv
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15407/fz61.04.041

Abstract

The changes of aromatase and 5α-reductase activities were studied in preoptic area (POA) and medial basal hypothalamus of 10-days-old and sexual behavior in 3-month-old male offsprings of rats exposed daily to noradrenaline antagonist methyldopa (400 mg/kg per os) 30 minutes prior to 1-hour immobilization during the last week of pregnancy (from 15th to 21st day). Prenatal stress caused aromatase activity lowering in the POA of developing brain and feminization (appearance of lordosis) and demasculinization of sexual behavior (prolongation of latent periods to the first mounting and first intromission as well as of the first ejaculation and postejaculation refractory period) in young male offspring. Oral methyldopa used prior to pregnant females stressing prevented early effect of prenatal stress on aromatase activity in the POA and normalized the male sexual behavior in young male rats by shortening both latent period to the first ejaculation and postejaculation refractory period, and an increase of numbers of ejaculation. The data obtained indicate that brain noradrenergic system plays significant role in the mechanisms of metabolic and behavioral disturbances developing in male rats exposed to prenatal stress.

Keywords: prenatal stress; methyldopa; testosterone metabolism; sexual behavior; male rats.

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