M L Burgess

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Open-field behavior has been used to model reductions in anxiety-related behaviors in the rat after chronic physical activity. Plausible mechanisms for the increased open field locomotion observed after physical activity have not been studied. Open field locomotion is decreased by gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and its agonists, and increased by GABA(More)
The progressive shift from young age to senescence is characterized by structural and functional changes in the cardiac extracellular matrix (ECM), which supports and aligns myocytes and blood vessels, and maintains myocardial mass, structure and function. As cardiac function declines with advancing age, ECM collagen and fibronectin influence diastolic(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to characterize selected metabolic, cardiovascular, and hormonal responses to reinforcing intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in rats. Twenty male Sprague-Dawley rats were stereotaxically implanted with bipolar electrodes aimed at the VTA of the brain. Rats were trained to(More)
Both reinforcing intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) and physical exercise result in heightened cardiovascular and endocrine responses. This study compared the cardiovascular and endocrine responses to ICSS in rats after either chronic ICSS or treadmill running. Male rats (n = 35) were implanted with bipolar electrodes aimed at the ventral tegmental area(More)
Most animal running models have traditionally used aversive motivators to induce exercise tasks. This study demonstrates treadmill running motivated by reinforcement of intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS), providing an alternative model with which to study physiological responses to exercise. Twenty-nine male Sprague-Dawley rats were stereotaxically(More)
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