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GWSS/PSYCH 357 Week 1- Anatomy Lecture Notes

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GWSS/PSYCH 357 Week 1- Anatomy Lecture Notes GWSS 357 A

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Psychobiology of Women
Nancy Kenney
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Date Created: 04/18/16
Week 1: Embryological Differentiation General Understandings - Gender is not binary: not all people fall into completely female or male identities - Sex is not binary: Not all people fall into completely female or completely male biological categories 1. Embryological Sex Differentiation Biological Sex - sex is not determined by any single biological factor - biological sex differentiation occurs in stages as different parts of the embryo develop - each stage is independent of the other stages Bipotentiuality of Sex Differentiation - undifferentiated structures necessary in either the biologically female or the biologically male direction are typically available at all stages of development - the biological environment at the moment that a stages of differntiraioon os taking pace determines the path taken at the stage - the same path does not have to be taken at each stage Stage 1 - Chromosomal Sex - humans have 46 chromosomes (23 pairs) - 44 chromosomes are autosomes (not directly related to sex) - 2 chromosomes are sex chromosomes - male (XY) - female (XX) - Bipotentiuality - an egg (ovum has an X chromosomes) - sperm has either an X or a Y - chromosomal sex is determined by which sperm fertilizes the egg - Y bearing seem move faster - X move slower (bigger and live longer) - Many other sex chromosome complements naturally occur - 1 in 400 identified as at birth have a sex-chromosome complement other than XY - Some individuals only have one sex chromosomes, but that sex chromosome must be an X (XO sex chromosome complement) - The YO combination cannot survive - the X chromosome has more than 1000 genes while the Y only has 70 genes (not enough genetic information) - Some individuals have more than 2 sex chromosomes - the greater the number of sex chromosomes: - the less likely a combination will occur - the more likely that the individual also will have non-sex related chromosomal differences Turner Syndrome - individual with only 1 sex chromosome (XO) 1 in 3500 female birth - due to fertilization of the ovum by a sperm that has no sex chromosome - typically identified as female and raised as a girl - does not develop functional ovaries - infertile - at puberty she does not develop female secondary sex characteristics (no estrogen) - typically receives estrogen treatment to stimulate female-typical development Stage 2 - Gonadal Sex - Gonads are glands that produce the reproductive or germ cells (ova and sperm) - Typical male (2 testes) - typical female (2 ovaries) - raw material: the undifferentiated gonads - undifferentiated gonads have 2 parts (the cortex – outer rind – and the medulla – inner core) Primordial Germ Cells - form in yolk sac - must migrate to the undifferentiated gonads before sex differentiation of the ovaries can start - testes can develop without migration - the PGCs are the earliest form of all the ova a female will ever possess Development of Male Gonads - Testes Requires: - the presence of a functional Y - a functional Y has an SRY gene that stimulates an autosome (a non-sex chromosome) to produce H-Y antigen - H-Y antigen - H-Y antigen stimulates the medulla Development of Female Gonads - Ovaries Requires: - the absence of a functional Y (no SRY-gene and no H-Y antigen) - the presence of at least 2 functional X chromosomes - under these conditions: cortex develops into an ovary and medulla shrinks Development of Gonads - The presence of any functional Y chromosome/H-Y antigen results in development of tests regardless of how many Xs are present - With only 1 X chromosome the gnonads remain in the undifferentiated state - gonadal streak (Turner syndrome Stage 3 - Internal Genitalia - internal reproductive plumbing - male: seminal vesicles, epidymus, ejaculatory ducts and tubes - female: uterus, oviducts (Fallopian tubes) and vagina - raw materials = Wolffian ducts and Mullein Ducts - both types of ducts are found in all developing individuals regardless of paths taken in stages 1 and 2 Development of Male Internal Genitalia - requires the production of and ability to respond to: - androgens - muller inhibiting factor - inductor substance - All 3 substances are produced by testes - stimulate the development of the Wolffian ducts into male internal genitalia and the regression of the Mullein ducts Development of Female Internal Genitalia - Requires the absence of - 1. androgens - 2. mullein inhibiting factor - 3. inductor substance - in the absence of these, the mullein ducts develop into female internal genitalia and the wolffian ducts regress Stage 4 - External Genitalia - Undifferentiated raw materials - genital tubercle - labio scrotal swelling - uro genital fold - Found in all developing individuals regardless of sex chromosomes, gonads, or internal genitalia Male External Genitalia - to develop in the male typical direction, the fetus msut - 1. have a source of androgens (testes) - 2. have receptors that recognize the androgens - If androgen are present - genital tubercle -> penis - labio scrotal swelling -> scrotal sac or scrotum - urogenital fold -> urethra Female External Genitalia - If androgens are not reduced: - genital tubercle -> clitoris - labio scrotal swelling -> labia majors - urogenital fold -> labia minora Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) - lacks receptors that respond to andrgens - XY sex chromosomes complement - normal testes - internal genitalia ambiguous - external genitalia female - typically raised as female and have female gender identity Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) - produce excess endogen due to malfunction of adrenal gland - effects vary with when the increased androgen starts and how high the levels are - may result in ambiguous internal genitalia and male like external genitalia in an XX individual with ovaries


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