A Neural Mechanism Underlying Mating Preferences for Familiar Individuals in Medaka Fish. Okuyama, T., Yokoi, S., Abe, H., Isoe, Y., Suehiro, Y., Imada, H., Tanaka, M., Kawasaki, T., Yuba, S., Taniguchi, Y., Kamei, Y., Okubo, K., Shimada, A., Naruse, K., Takeda, H., Oka, Y., Kubo, T., & Takeuchi, H. Science, 343(6166):91--94, January, 2014.
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Social familiarity affects mating preference among various vertebrates. Here, we show that visual contact of a potential mating partner before mating (visual familiarization) enhances female preference for the familiarized male, but not for an unfamiliarized male, in medaka fish. Terminal-nerve gonadotropin-releasing hormone 3 (TN-GnRH3) neurons, an extrahypothalamic neuromodulatory system, function as a gate for activating mating preferences based on familiarity. Basal levels of TN-GnRH3 neuronal activity suppress female receptivity for any male (default mode). Visual familiarization facilitates TN-GnRH3 neuron activity (preference mode), which correlates with female preference for the familiarized male. GnRH3 peptides, which are synthesized specifically in TN-GnRH3 neurons, are required for the mode-switching via self-facilitation. Our study demonstrates the central neural mechanisms underlying the regulation of medaka female mating preference based on visual social familiarity. Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt Female mating preference is influenced by social familiarity in various species from fish to primates. Okuyama et al. (p. 91) showed in Japanese rice fish that females prefer to mate with visually familiarized males over unfamiliar males and that this preference is mediated by specific neuromodulatory neurons in the female brain.
@article{ okuyama_neural_2014,
  title = {A {Neural} {Mechanism} {Underlying} {Mating} {Preferences} for {Familiar} {Individuals} in {Medaka} {Fish}},
  volume = {343},
  issn = {0036-8075, 1095-9203},
  url = {http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6166/91},
  doi = {10.1126/science.1244724},
  abstract = {Social familiarity affects mating preference among various vertebrates. Here, we show that visual contact of a potential mating partner before mating (visual familiarization) enhances female preference for the familiarized male, but not for an unfamiliarized male, in medaka fish. Terminal-nerve gonadotropin-releasing hormone 3 (TN-GnRH3) neurons, an extrahypothalamic neuromodulatory system, function as a gate for activating mating preferences based on familiarity. Basal levels of TN-GnRH3 neuronal activity suppress female receptivity for any male (default mode). Visual familiarization facilitates TN-GnRH3 neuron activity (preference mode), which correlates with female preference for the familiarized male. GnRH3 peptides, which are synthesized specifically in TN-GnRH3 neurons, are required for the mode-switching via self-facilitation. Our study demonstrates the central neural mechanisms underlying the regulation of medaka female mating preference based on visual social familiarity.
Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt
Female mating preference is influenced by social familiarity in various species from fish to primates. Okuyama et al. (p. 91) showed in Japanese rice fish that females prefer to mate with visually familiarized males over unfamiliar males and that this preference is mediated by specific neuromodulatory neurons in the female brain.},
  language = {en},
  number = {6166},
  urldate = {2015-03-03TZ},
  journal = {Science},
  author = {Okuyama, Teruhiro and Yokoi, Saori and Abe, Hideki and Isoe, Yasuko and Suehiro, Yuji and Imada, Haruka and Tanaka, Minoru and Kawasaki, Takashi and Yuba, Shunsuke and Taniguchi, Yoshihito and Kamei, Yasuhiro and Okubo, Kataaki and Shimada, Atsuko and Naruse, Kiyoshi and Takeda, Hiroyuki and Oka, Yoshitaka and Kubo, Takeo and Takeuchi, Hideaki},
  month = {January},
  year = {2014},
  pmid = {24385628},
  keywords = {misaki},
  pages = {91--94}
}

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