Damira F. Avgustinovich

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Chronic psychoemotional stress of social defeats produces development of experimental anxious depression in male mice similar to this disorder in humans. 5-HT and 5-HIAA levels, TPH and MAO A activities, 5-HT1A-receptors in different brain areas were investigated at different stages of development of experimental disorder. It has been shown that initial(More)
The behaviors of male mice of the C57BL/6J (C57), CBA/Lac (CBA) and BALB/c (BALB) strains have been studied in the plus-maze and open field tests for estimation of state anxiety in the stressful novel conditions, and in the cubic box test (exploration of novel cubic box) and the partition test (behavioral reactivity to the unfamiliar partner in the(More)
Chronic psychoemotional stress induced by negative experience of social defeats in intermale confrontations over a period of 30 days was found to lead to the development of anxious-depressive symptomatology in male mice. Cessation of the psychopathogenic conditions and placing of depressed animals in comfortable conditions for 1–2 weeks with females did not(More)
The sensory contact model can induce various different psychopathological states in male mice (anxious depression, catalepsy, social withdrawal, pathological aggression, cognition disturbances, anhedonia, alcoholism etc.). Additionally, this model facilitates the screening of drugs for therapeutic properties, preventive properties and efficiency under(More)
Specific binding of [3H]ketanserin to 5-HT2A serotonin receptor sites in the corpus striatum and frontal cortex and the effect of 5-HT2A antagonists in rats and mice hereditarily predisposed to catalepsy has been studied. Cyproheptadine inhibited the expression of inherited catalepsy in rats and mice, whereas more selective 5-HT2A antagonists, ritanserin(More)
The behavior of C57BL/6J male mice with experience of repeated victories (winners) or defeats (losers) in daily agonistic interactions, was examined in the plus-maze and partition tests. The latter procedure assesses the reactivity of mice to another conspecific in the neighboring compartment of a common cage, communicative behavior or level of sociability.(More)
The sensory contact technique increases aggressiveness in male mice and allows an aggressive type of behavior to be formed as a result of repeated experience of social victories in daily agonistic confrontations. In the low aggressive and high emotional mice of CBA/Lac strain, repeated positive fighting experience leads to increased plus maze anxiety in the(More)
Hedonic reactions to various rewards play a key role in various forms of motivated behavior. The influence of repeated experience of social victories or defeats in daily agonistic interactions between male mice on voluntary consumption of vanillin sucrose solution used as hedonic reinforcer was studied. Intake of vanillin sucrose solution was shown to(More)
Consumption of 1% sucrose solution supplemented with 0.2% vanillin was studied in two experimental contexts in male mice living under chronic social stress induced by daily experience of defeats in agonistic interactions and leading to development of depression. In the first experiment, vanillin sucrose solution was made available as an option along with(More)
Silver foxes selected for more than 30 years for tame behavior and displaying no defensive reaction to human contact were shown to have a higher serotonin level in midbrain and hypothalamus, and a higher 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA) content in midbrain, hypothalamus and hippocampus in comparison to nonselected wild silver foxes bred in captivity(More)