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Displays of paternal mouse pup retrieval following communicative interaction with maternal mates.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23299896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Compared with the knowledge of maternal care, much less is known about the factors required for paternal parental care. Here we report that new sires of laboratory mice, though not spontaneously parental, can be induced to show maternal-like parental care (pup retrieval) using signals from dams separated from their pups. During this interaction, the maternal mates emit 38-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations to their male partners, which are equivalent to vocalizations that occur following pheromone stimulation. Without these signals or in the absence of maternal mates, the sires do not retrieve their pups within 5 min. These results show that, in mice, the maternal parent communicates to the paternal parent to encourage pup care. This new paradigm may be useful in the analysis of the parental brain during paternal care induced by interactive communication.
Hong-Xiang Liu; Olga Lopatina; Chiharu Higashida; Hiroko Fujimoto; Shirin Akther; Alena Inzhutova; Mingkun Liang; Jing Zhong; Takahiro Tsuji; Toru Yoshihara; Kohei Sumi; Mizuho Ishiyama; Wen-Jie Ma; Mitsunori Ozaki; Satoshi Yagitani; Shigeru Yokoyama; Naofumi Mukaida; Takeshi Sakurai; Osamu Hori; Katsuji Yoshioka; Atsushi Hirao; Yukio Kato; Katsuhiko Ishihara; Ichiro Kato; Hiroshi Okamoto; Stanislav M Cherepanov; Alla B Salmina; Hirokazu Hirai; Masahide Asano; David A Brown; Isamu Nagano; Haruhiro Higashida
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature communications     Volume:  4     ISSN:  2041-1723     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat Commun     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528555     Medline TA:  Nat Commun     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1346     Citation Subset:  IM    
1] Kanazawa University 21st Century COE Program on Innovative Brain Science on Development, Learning and Memory, Kanazawa 920-8640, Japan [2] Department of Biophysical Genetics, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medicine, Kanazawa 920-8640, Japan [3].
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