Marta Magdalena Suárez

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The pituitary-adrenal axis response is gender-dependent, showing lower activity in male rats. Furthermore, males showed low emotional behavior and females high emotionality when exposed to such chronic stress situations. The gender of an animal is a relevant factor in the development of responses to stress. The aim of the present study was to investigate(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of chronic treatment with the antidepressant amitriptyline on sympathetic nervous system activity and anxiety in male and female rats submitted to maternal separation (MS) and variable chronic stress (VCS). We observed that the treatment with amitriptyline produced a significant increase in(More)
In this study we tested whether periodic maternal deprivation (MD) (4.5 h daily during the first 3 weeks of life) caused chronic changes in anxiety and medullo-adrenal responses to chronic stress in either male or female adult (2.5 months of age) rats, or both. Repeated maternal deprivation had a sex-specific effect on epinephrine (E) and norepinephrine(More)
Throughout the lifespan, the brain has a considerable degree of plasticity and can be strongly influenced by sensory input from the outside environment. Given the importance of the environment in the regulation of the brain structure, behavior and physiology, the aim of the present work was to analyze the effects of different environmental qualities during(More)
Maternal separation can interfere with growth and development of the brain and represents a significant risk factor for adult psychopathology. In rodents, prolonged separation from the mother affects the behavioral and endocrine responses to stress for the lifetime of the animal. Limbic structures such as the anterodorsal thalamic nuclei (ADTN) play an(More)
The present study investigated the effect of early maternal separation on anxiety and hypophyso-adrenal system activity to anterodorsal thalamic nuclei (ADTN) lesion in male rats as adults in order to compare this with previous results with female rats. During the first 3 weeks of life, male rats were isolated 4.5 hr daily and tested as adults. Thirty days(More)
There is increasing evidence that early adverse experience contributes to the development of stress susceptibility, and increases the onset of stress-related psychiatric disorders in stressful environments in adulthood. This study addressed whether or not prolonged maternal separation, a well-established model of early stress, affects adult limbic areas(More)
In maternally separated rats, variable chronic stress decreased the emotional reactivity and provoked a state of hypoactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system at 3 months old but increased its activity after the open field test. The anterodorsal thalami nuclei control of the endocrine response under stress conditions was not manifested however(More)
Repeated separation of dams from their pups during the postpartum period may evoke emotional stress in the dam. In the present study we investigated whether prolonged maternal separation is stressful for rat dams by studying different behavioral and central responses known to be affected by stress. After delivery, female Wistar rats were subjected to either(More)