Comparative biology of pheromonal communication

For those who are interested in the science of human pheromones, which includes cross-species comparisons, the reviews in this special issue may be important.

Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology

Volume 196, Number 10 / October 2010

Special Issue: Comparative biology of pheromonal communication in vertebrates

683-684 Editorial Matthieu Keller

685-700 Review Pheromones and signature mixtures: defining species-wide signals and variable cues for identity in both invertebrates and vertebrates Tristram D. Wyatt

701-711 Review Understanding behavioral responses of fish to pheromones in natural freshwater environments Nicholas S. Johnson and Weiming Li

713-727 Review Pheromonal communication in amphibians Sarah K. Woodley

729-749 Review Social behavior and pheromonal communication in reptiles Robert T. Mason and M. Rockwell Parker

751-766 Review Pheromones in birds: myth or reality? Samuel P. Caro and Jacques Balthazart

767-777 Review The rodent accessory olfactory system Carla Mucignat-Caretta

779-790 Review A pheromone to behave, a pheromone to learn: the rabbit mammary pheromone Gérard Coureaud, Rachel Charra, Frédérique Datiche, Charlotte Sinding and Thierry Thomas-Danguin, et al.

About James V. Kohl 1307 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society

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  1. A new neuronal target of primer pheromones in the control of reproductive function in mammals

    Abstract: Pheromones are known to trigger either short-term behavioral responses, usually referred to as “releaser effects”, or more long-term physiological changes, known as “primer effects”, which especially affect reproductive function at the level of the gonadotrope axis. The precise mechanisms through which pheromones interact with the gonadotrope axis in the hypothalamus is not fully known. We propose that the neuropeptide Kisspeptin, could be a specific target of primer pheromones, allowing these pheromones to modulate the gonadotrope axis and GnRH activity. This emerging hypothesis is discussed in the context of puberty acceleration in female mice and the male effect in female ungulates (sheep or goat). These examples have been chosen to illustrate the diversity of the reproductive contexts in mammals and potential mechanisms affected by primer effects at the level of the gonadotrope axis.

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