Daria Peleg-Raibstein

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Based on the 'endogenous dopamine sensitization' hypothesis of schizophrenia the present study employed a repeated amphetamine administration regime in order to investigate the behavioral, neurochemical and neuroanatomical consequences following short- and long-term withdrawal periods. The escalating amphetamine administration schedule consisted of three(More)
Based on the human epidemiological association between prenatal infection and higher risk of schizophrenia, a number of animal models have been established to explore the long-term brain and behavioral consequences of prenatal immune challenge. Accumulating evidence suggests that the vulnerability to specific forms of schizophrenia-related abnormalities is(More)
There is evidence that events early in post-weaning life influence brain development and subsequent adult behaviour and therefore play an important role in the causation of certain psychiatric disorders in later life. Exposing rodents to stressors during the juvenile period has been suggested as a model of induced predisposition for these disorders. This is(More)
Many behavioral functions-including sensorimotor, attentional, memory, and emotional processes-have been associated with hippocampal processes and with dopamine transmission in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). This suggests a functional interaction between hippocampus and prefrontal dopamine. The anatomical substrate for such an interaction is the(More)
The maternal environment has a significant role in the normal development of the fetus and may have long-term impact on brain development including critical central pathways such as the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonergic and the neurotrophin systems. For example, maternal malnutrition plays an important role in programming many aspects of(More)
In this study, rats were tested in behavioural paradigms relevant to schizophrenia during withdrawal from two different administration schedules of amphetamine (Amph). One of the escalating administration schedules, which has been employed in previous studies, consisted of three daily injections for 6 d with increasing dosages from 1 to 5 mg/kg Amph (Esc-5)(More)
This study has analysed the effects of infusing N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) into either the ventral or dorsal hippocampus on dopamine (DA) transmission in the nucleus accumbens (NAC) core or shell for the first time. Dopamine was measured using in vivo microdialysis with high performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-EC).(More)
Basic research in animals represents a fruitful approach to study the neurobiological basis of brain and behavioral disturbances relevant to neuropsychiatric disease and to establish and evaluate novel pharmacological therapies for their treatment. In the context of schizophrenia, there are models employing specific experimental manipulations developed(More)
Neurochemical studies have shown that mesocortical dopamine projections are particularly responsive in aversive situations such as fear conditioning. The present study assessed behavioural and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) dopamine responses utilizing in vivo microdialysis during acquisition and expression of a conditioned fear response. In two(More)
Prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex refers to the attenuation of the startle response to an intense pulse stimulus when it is shortly preceded by a weak non-startling prepulse stimulus. It is a well-established high-throughput translational measure of pre-attentive sensory gating, and its impairment is detected in several(More)