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New modification of the open field was designed to improve automation of the test. The main innovations were: (1) transmitted lighting and (2) estimation of probability to find pixels associated with an animal in the selected region of arena as an objective index of spatial preference. Transmitted (inverted) lighting significantly ameliorated the contrast(More)
Brain serotonin 5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(2A) receptors have been implicated in both normal and pathological behavior, and in the action of anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs. In this study, detailed description and verification of a new RT-PCR technique to quantify the number of copies of 5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(2A) receptor mRNAs in the brain is presented. The number(More)
Catalepsy or pronounced freezing is a natural passive defense strategy in animals and a syndrome of some mental disorders in human. Hereditary catalepsy was shown to be associated with depressive-like features in rats and mice. The loci underlying the difference in predisposition to catalepsy between catalepsy-prone CBA/lacJ and catalepsy-resistant AKR/J(More)
In this study, we applied for real-time PCR the two-standard system that we had worked out previously for PCR with gel-detection of products. Genomic DNA of a known concentration was used as external standard and mRNA of the DNA-dependent RNA-polymerase II was used as internal standard. It was shown that PCR with gel-detection of products and real-time PCR(More)
BACKGROUND Multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MMSCs) are minimally differentiated precursors with great potential to transdifferentiate. These cells are quite resistant to oxygen limitation, suggesting that a hypoxic milieu can be physiological for MMSCs. METHODS Human MMSCs isolated from adipose tissue were grown at various oxygen concentrations.(More)
The present experiments tested the hypothesis that one of the critical mechanisms underlying genetically defined aggressiveness involves brain serotonin 5-HT1A receptors. 5-HT1A receptor density, the receptor mRNA expression in brain structures, and functional correlates for 5-HT1A receptors identified as 8-OH-DPAT-induced hypothermia and lower lip(More)
Catalepsy (pronounced motor inhibition) is a natural defensive reaction against predator. Recently, the quantitative trait locus for catalepsy was mapped on mouse chromosome 13 near the 5-HT(1A) serotonin receptor gene. Here, the linkage between catalepsy and the 5-HT(1A) receptor gene was verified using breeding experiment. Selective breeding for high(More)
In the present study, the 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(1A) receptors functional activity and 5-HT(2A) receptor gene expression were examined in the brain of ASC/Icg and congenic AKR.CBAD13Mit76C mouse strains (genetically predisposed to catalepsy) in comparison with the parental catalepsy-resistant AKR/J and catalepsy-prone CBA/Lac mouse strains. The significantly(More)
Antisocial aggressive behavior in adolescents represents growing clinical and social problem. Previously the implication of 5-HT1A receptor in the regulation of fear-induced aggression was shown. Here, the involvement of 5-HT1A receptor in infancy-onset genetically defined aggression was studied on Norway rats selectively bred for high level or for the lack(More)
ASC/Icg (Antidepressant Sensitive Catalepsy) mouse strain selected for high predisposition to pinch-induced catalepsy is characterized by depressive-like behavior and impaired immune response. Chronic treatment with SSRI fluoxetine attenuated catalepsy manifestation and normalized a decreased number of rosette-forming cells (RFC) in spleen in ASC mice.(More)