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Ultrasonic calls of bank vole pups isolated and exposed to cold or to nest odor.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17961612     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bank vole pups produce ultrasounds when isolated from the nest, as other rodents do. The present study was intended to elucidate the possible interaction between the social stress of isolation from the mother and the physical stress of low ambient temperature during the nesting period. Although bank vole pups removed from nests and monitored at nest temperature vocalized at high frequency, the number and duration of signals increased at lower ambient temperature. In the tested voles it appears that exposure to cold was the most important stimulus of vocalization during the preweaning period. This effect can be enhanced by prolonged isolation from the mother, manifested as longer duration of calls. Moreover, vocalization was reduced not only by the odor from the home nest, but also by exposure to bedding of an alien lactating bank vole or even a lactating mouse fed the same diet. This suggests that the olfactory signals affecting the ultrasonic vocalization of bank vole pups probably are a mixture of volatile metabolites related to the physiological status and diet of rodent females. The reported experiments provide convincing evidence that the vocalization of bank vole pups is affected by isolation from the mother, by ambient temperature, and by olfactory signals released by lactating rodent females.
H Szentgyörgyi; J Kapusta; A Marchlewska-Koj
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-09-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiology & behavior     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0031-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol. Behav.     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-14     Completed Date:  2008-04-22     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151504     Medline TA:  Physiol Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  296-303     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Krakow, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Arvicolinae / physiology*,  psychology
Cold Temperature
Mice, Inbred CBA
Smell / physiology*
Social Environment
Social Isolation* / psychology
Statistics, Nonparametric
Stress, Psychological / psychology*
Time Factors
Vocalization, Animal / physiology*

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