Andrew Phelka

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The present study investigated the effect of prenatal dexamethasone (Dex) exposure on early perinatal events, hippocampal function, and response to stress. Pregnant rats received Dex in the evening water (2.5 microg/ml) or tap water (Veh) from gestational day 15 until delivery. On the day of parturition, pups were randomized, cross-fostered, and reduced to(More)
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) acts within the brain and pituitary to coordinate the overall endocrinological and behavioral stress response. From postnatal day (PND) 4 to 14, the infant rat displays minimal adrenal response to mild stress. However, maternal deprivation alters the pituitary–adrenal system such that the infants become responsive to(More)
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