María Eugenia Bertotto

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Animals made dependent via an ethanol (ETOH) -containing liquid diet (6% v/v) for 14 days were subjected to a contextual fear conditioning paradigm 3 days after the last consumption day. After conditioning, rats were subjected to four extinction trials by exposing the animals to the conditioned context and their freezing was evaluated for each trial.(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the activation of Cdk5, a protein that has been suggested to participate in higher cognitive functions, is required for the onset of a sensitized anxiety-related behavior induced by stress. The exposure to restraint enhanced both Cdk5 expression in certain subareas of the septohippocampal system,(More)
Withdrawal from chronic ethanol administration facilitated the formation of contextual fear memory. The effect of fear memory retrieval on subsequent ethanol consumption, by employing a two-bottle free-choice procedure with either water or ethanol (2-8% v/v), was investigated in ethanol withdrawn rats. The effect of fear memory extinction with or without(More)
The extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway, which can be activated by NMDA receptor stimulation, is involved in fear conditioning and drug addiction. We have previously shown that withdrawal from chronic ethanol administration facilitated the formation of contextual fear memory. In order to explore the neural substrates and the potential(More)
Previous research has demonstrated that suppression of inhibition in projection neurons of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) represents an essential mechanism underlying the emergence of negative emotional responses, including exaggerated fear and anxiety. The present work evaluates inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (IPSPs) in pyramidal(More)
We have recently shown that the abrupt discontinuation of chronic diazepam (DZM) administration facilitated ethanol consumption and enhanced the anxiolytic properties of ethanol. Tricyclic antidepressants such as desipramine and the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine have been shown to reduce alcohol intake in rodent models of alcoholism and(More)
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