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Old 02-13-2004, 09:06 PM   #1
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Happy Valentine's Day

If you're married, have kids, or are simply in love, I think you'll be touched by these words.....

Several lines of evidence support a role for oxytocin and vasopressin in complex social behaviors, including parental care, sex behavior, and aggression. Recent studies in a monogamous mammal, the prairie vole, suggest an additional role for both peptides in the formation of pair bonds. Central administration of oxytocin facilitates and administration of an oxytocin antagonist inhibits partner preference formation in female prairie voles. Conversely, vasopressin facilitates and a V1a receptor antagonist inhibits pair bonding in males. A potential cellular basis for these effects is the species-specific pattern of expression of oxytocin and V1a receptor in reward pathways of the prairie vole brain. At a molecular level, comparative sequencing of the oxytocin and V1a receptors reveals species differences in the promoter sequences that may guide regional expression in the brain. Transgenic mice created with the 5' flanking region of the prairie vole oxytocin receptor gene demonstrate that sequencing in this region influence the pattern of expression within the brain. The unique promoter sequences of the prairie vole OTR and V1a receptor genes and the resulting species-specific pattern of regional expression provide a potential molecular mechanism for the evolution of pair bonding behaviors and a cellular basis for monogamy.

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Re: Happy Valentine's Day

I was certainly touched!

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Re: Happy Valentine's Day

The modern version of candy is dandy but liquor is quicker?

Anywise - I'm glad it wasn't just the calander and my undergrad Chem. degree that impelled todays flowers, candy and opal pendant.

Glad to know the chemicals in my brain still work on the right genes/receptors.
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Old 02-14-2004, 08:44 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot Wab, I had to go take a cold shower first thing in the morning after that.
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