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Exposure to infant scent lowers serum testosterone in father common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18755659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) males are bi-parental non-human primates that show extensive paternal behaviour. Fathers are in direct sensory contact with their infants during the natal period. We found that fathers exposed to isolated scents of their infant displayed a significant drop in serum testosterone levels within 20min after exposure, whereas parentally naive males did not. These data suggest that infant's scent may have a causal role in regulating paternal testosterone in their fathers. This is the first study to demonstrate that olfactory cues have an acute effect on paternal care.
Authors:
Shelley L Prudom; Carrie Ann Broz; Nancy Schultz-Darken; Craig T Ferris; Charles Snowdon; Toni Elaine Ziegler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1744-9561     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-07     Completed Date:  2009-02-03     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  603-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53715, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Animals, Newborn
Callithrix / blood*,  physiology
Male
Odors*
Paternal Behavior
Testosterone / blood*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
MH070423/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 DA019158/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; RR000167/RR/NCRR NIH HHS
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
58-22-0/Testosterone
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