Grażyna Ossowska

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Zinc is an endogenous modulator of neuronal activity and may play an important role in the pathogenesis of depression. Recent studies have shown that zinc exhibits antidepressant-like activity in some models of depression in rodents. Our previous studies have shown that the footshock-induced fighting behavior was reduced in the rats subjected to chronic(More)
The effect of chronic stress (14 various unpredictable stressors over 16 days) on electric footshock-induced fighting behavior of pairs of male Wistar rats was studied. The influence of antidepressant drugs (imipramine, desmethylimipramine, nomifensine, clomipramine, mianserine and doxepine) administered chronically (1 h before the stressor) on the(More)
Antidepressant drugs are devoid of mood-elevating effects in normal (non-depressed) human subjects, thus, it is necessary to evaluate the antidepressant property of compounds (drugs) in animal models of depression. Several animal models of depression have been introduced, however, only a few have been extensively validated. In the present study we report(More)
Chronic severe stress (CSS) and chronic mild stress (CMS) affect the properties of [3H]5,7-dichlorokynurenic acid (5,7-DCKA) binding to strychnine-insensitive glycine/NMDA sites in the rat cerebral cortex. Specifically, CSS decreases, while CMS increases, the potency of glycine to displace [3H]5,7-DCKA binding to glycine/NMDA sites. Moreover, in both(More)
The effect of dopamine (DA) agonists (apomorphine, quinpirole) and three antidepressants (selegiline, nomifensine, imipramine), given in a single dose, on the electric footshock-induced fighting behavior was investigated in the control and chronically stressed rats. It was found that 48 h after the last session of chronic stress (various stressors applied(More)
Several animal models of "depression" have been examined. One of them is chronic unpredictable stress (CUS)-induced deficit of fighting behavior in rats. In the present study, we compared the effects of two antidepressants (fluoxetine or fluvoxamine) and three anxiolytics (buspirone, lorazepam or oxazepam) on the electric footshock-induced fighting behavior(More)
In the present study we investigated the effect of two monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors: moclobemide (selective, reversible inhibitor of MAO-type A) or selegiline (selective irreversible inhibitor of MAO-type B) on electric footshock-induced fighting behavior in normal (unstressed) and chronically stressed (14 various stressors over 16 days) rats. In rats(More)
Chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) is one of the behavioral models resembling in some respects (loss of normal aggresiveness) human depression. In the present study, consistent with the ethical principles for scientific experiments on animals, we have decided to modify the CUS procedure. In this new modified model named chronic unpredictable mild stress(More)
The influence of some calcium channel antagonists (CaChaA): nifedipine (NIF), nimodipine (NIM), nitrendipine (NITR), cinnarizine (CIN), and flunarizine (FLU) on electric footshock-induced aggressive behavior was investigated in chronically stressed rats. It was found that chronic stress (various stressors over 16 days) reduced the number of fighting attacks(More)
Chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) model of depression is one of the well validated animal models of depression. In this paper, we report the results of investigations into dopaminergic D-1 and serotonergic 5-HT-2A receptors in the brain of rats subjected to CUS procedure and treated chronically with imipramine. We have examined the dopaminergic D-1(More)