Bruno D'Udine

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Many plants and animals are capable of developing in a variety of ways, forming characteristics that are well adapted to the environments in which they are likely to live. In adverse circumstances, for example, small size and slow metabolism can facilitate survival, whereas larger size and more rapid metabolism have advantages for reproductive success when(More)
The exploratory behavior of two species of murid rodents, Acomys cahirinus and Mus musculus, was compared in four experiments: In the first, the responses of the two species to a novel arena were studied. Mus was found to take longer to enter the arena, and to spend more time in the relatively familiar or safer start box, than was Acomys. The results(More)
Acomys cahirinus is a precocial murid and a comparison of its development with altricial species of the same family, such as the rat and mouse, may shed some light on the relationship between genetic and environmental factors in the development. The use of Acomys in neurobehavioural studies and its comparison with mouse and rat may be particularly(More)
Three histamine H1-receptor antagonists, chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine and tripelennamine, were tested alone or in combination with morphine, amphetamine and scopolamine on locomotor activity in mice. All three antihistaminics, at some dosage levels, enhanced morphine-induced hyperactivity, but did not change or even reduce locomotor stimulation induced(More)
The sexual development of C57BL 6/J and SEC/IReJ male mice was studied during twice-weekly pairings with estrus females from 5 weeks of age. SEC were far slower to begin copulating than C57 and their responses to the female included a much higher frequency of rooting. Rooting, where the male's snout is pushed below the female's flank and jerked upwards,(More)
A morphological analysis of some structures of the archicortex and neocortex was performed in the Acomys cahirinus (spiny mouse), the only precocial murid. The data obtained indicate that the spiny mouse brain is an interesting case of a largely developed hippocampus with respect to the neocortex when compared to the brains of the mouse and rat. The(More)
Acomys cahirinus, the spiny mouse, is the only precocial murid. Given the relatively advanced state of neural maturation at birth, this species is therefore of interest for comparative studies of brain and behavioural development. Previous work on this species has indicated that (i) hippocampal thickness (relative to body weight) is greater in adult Acomys(More)