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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)
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 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)
Mice were exposed to 1 month of spaceflight on Russian biosatellite BION-M1 to determine its effect on the expression of key genes in the brain dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) systems. Spaceflight decreased the expression of crucial genes involved in DA synthesis and degradation, as well as the D1 receptor. However, spaceflight failed to alter the(More)
The mRNA expression of serotonin receptors 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A was investigated by the quantitative method RT-PCR in rats adapted to cold (5 weeks at +4 -(+6) degrees C) and in control (5 weeks at +20-22 degrees C). Four brain regions were examined: frontal cortex, hypothalamus, hippocampus, and midbrain. The influence of cold adaptation on the mRNA(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)
The purpose of this study was to examine the potential association between the S (short) and L (long) alleles of the 5-HTTLPR polymorphism of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene and verbal and figural creative ability. Sixty-two unrelated Caucasian university students (29 men and 33 women) participated in the experiment. The results showed a significant(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 (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)