Androgen receptors, sex behavior, and aggression

Rebecca L. Cunningham, Augustus R. Lumia, Marilyn Y. McGinnis

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Androgens are intricately involved in reproductive and aggressive behaviors, but the role of the androgen receptor in mediating these behaviors is less defined. Further, activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis can influence each other at the level of the androgen receptor. Knowledge of the mechanisms for androgens' effects on behaviors through the androgen receptor will guide future studies in elucidating male reproductive and aggressive behavior repertoires.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Estrogen
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal axis
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis
  • Testosterone


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