Abstract # 39:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2005 02:45 PM-05:15 PM: Session 6 (Crystal Ballroom) Symposium


PROLACTIN AND OXYTOCIN IN NON-HUMAN PRIMATES: NOT JUST FOR MILK

K. L. Bales1,2
1UC-Davis, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of California, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616, USA, 2California National Primate Research Center
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     Prolactin and oxytocin are hormones intimately involved in the process of lactation, including the development of mammary glands, milk production and milk let-down. More recently they have also been implicated in an array of behaviors, including male and female parental care, stress reactivity, pair-bonding behaviors, and sexual behavior. This symposium is intended to address the current state of research on prolactin and oxytocin (as well as the closely related hormone arginine vasopressin) in non-human primates. Topics to be covered include the involvement of prolactin and oxytocin in parental care; the use of state-of-the-art non-peptide oxytocin antagonists to investigate the role of oxytocin in behavior; the use of plasma assays for oxytocin and vasopressin and what information we can gain from them; the role of prolactin in studies of temperament and its relationship to other endocrine systems such as the monoamines; and novel data on oxytocin and vasopressin levels in free-ranging monkeys.