Prenatal nicotine exposure and behavior
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Animals; Arginine Vasopressin; Behavior, Animal; Cricetinae; Female; Hypothalamus; Nicotine; Pregnancy; *Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
Prenatal exposure to nicotine has been associated with changes in behavioral indices in offspring. Flank marking, a scent-marking behavior in golden hamsters, appears to be controlled by arginine vasopressin (AVP) neurons in the hypothalamus. The present study examines the effects of prenatal exposure to nicotine on the vasopressinergic system associated with flank marking behavior.
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Citation: Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Dec;1008:289-92.