Neonatal Hormone Experience and Adult Lordosis and Fighting in Golden-Hamster
Androgenization by testicular secretions or exogenous testosterone propionate (TP treatments administered 24–48 hr post partum) suppressed sexual receptivity in the golden hamster. In response to prolonged adult estradiol benzoate (EB) treatment, gonadectomized normal females and neonatally castrated males exhibited significantly longer total lordosis durations than normal males or neonatally TP-treated (20 ?g or 200 ?g) females. These results suggest that one aspect of androgen-induced masculinization in the hamster involves reduced estrogen sensitivity. Responses to sequential EB followed by progesterone treatment were also lower in the androgenized groups. Neonatally castrated males did not differ significantly from normal females in their lordosis behavior. Irrespective of adult hormone treatment, androgenized animals fought more than normal females or neonatally castrated males. A genital mask was used to reduce sex differences in peripheral stimulation during testing.