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Yousuke Tsuneoka, Teppo Maruyama, Sachine Yoshida, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Tadafumi Kato, Michael Numan and Kumi O. Kuroda Functional, anatomical, and neurochemical differentiation of medial preoptic area subregions in relation to maternal behavior in the mouse Journal of Comparative Neurology 521

Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cne.23251

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Medial preoptic area (MPOA) is known to be critical for maternal behavior in mammals. We investigated the chemical neuroanatomy of the essential MPOA subregion for maternal behavior. We mapped pup-induced c-Fos expression in the MPOA of female mice. We also determined the specific area that is necessary for maternal behavior by lesion study. The central MPOA is the indispensable subregion for mouse maternal behavior, and GABAergic and peptidergic neurons in this area were transcriptionally activated during maternal behavior.

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