Fatherhood affects dendritic spines and vasopressin V1a receptors in the primate prefrontal cortex

Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, Maria Hughes, Kim Lee, Elizabeth Gould*

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Abstract

Like human fathers, male marmosets help raise their young, yet the ways in which fatherhood influences the brain remain largely unknown. We show that first-time and experienced marmoset fathers have enhanced density of dendritic spines on pyramidal neurons in prefrontal cortex as compared to non-fathers. In parallel, the abundance of vasopressin V1a receptors and the proportion of V1a receptor-labeled dendritic spines increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1095
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

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