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Neuron. 2005 Aug 18;47(4):503-13.

The V1a vasopressin receptor is necessary and sufficient for normal social recognition: a gene replacement study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, USA. alanwithisa@yahoo.com

Abstract

Vasopressin modulates many social and nonsocial behaviors, including emotionality. We have previously reported that male mice with a null mutation in the V1a receptor (V1aR) exhibit a profound impairment in social recognition and changes in anxiety-like behavior. Using site-specific injections of a V1aR-specific antagonist, we demonstrate that the lateral septum, but not the medial amygdala, is critical for social recognition. Reexpressing V1aR in the lateral septum of V1aR knockout mice (V1aRKO) using a viral vector resulted in a complete rescue of social recognition. Furthermore, overexpression of the V1aR in the lateral septum of wild-type (wt) mice resulted in a potentiation of social recognition behavior and a mild increase in anxiety-related behavior. These results demonstrate that the V1aR in the lateral septum plays a critical role in the neural processing of social stimuli required for complex social behavior.

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