Learn More
The zebrafish leopard phenotype (leo) displays abnormal pigmentation and shows increased anxiety-like behavior. The neurochemical changes associated with this anxious phenotype are not known. Here, we demonstrate that leo show increased anxiety-like behavior in the light/dark box and in the novel tank test. This anxious phenotype is rescued by acute(More)
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter that is involved in many behavioral functions, including the organization of defense, and its putative pathological correlate, anxiety and stress disorders. Recently, behavioral tests for anxiety have been proposed in zebrafish. Exposure to the novel tank test or to the light/dark test increased extracellular fluid(More)
A major hindrance for the development of psychiatric drugs is the prediction of how treatments can alter complex behaviors in assays which have good throughput and physiological complexity. Here we report the development of a medium-throughput screen for drugs which alter anxiety-like behavior in adult zebrafish. The observed phenotypes were clustered(More)
NMDA receptors have been implicated in the acute response to stress, possibly mediated the nitric oxide pathway; serotonin has also been implicated in these responses, and has recently been shown to modulate the nitric oxide pathway via 5-HT1 and 5-HT2 receptors. In this work, we compare the effects of NMDA and a 5-HT1A receptor ligands on light/dark(More)
To evaluate the protector effect of ascorbic acid (AA) against anxiogenic-like effect induced by methylmercury (MeHg) exposure, adult zebrafish were treated with AA (2 mg g(-1), intraperitoneal [i.p.]) before MeHg administration (1.0 μg g(-1), i.p.). Groups were tested for the light/dark preference as a behavioral model of anxiety, and the content of(More)
Methylmercury (MeHg) is one of the most toxic mercury species, which can cause many systemic damages, but little is known about its effect in the salivary glands. This study aimed to analyze the mercury levels, oxidative stress, and proteomic profile in parotid, submandibular, and sublingual salivary glands of rats, after chronic MeHg intoxication. Two(More)
  • 1