Monika Leśkiewicz

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Our previous study suggests that in prenatal stress model of depression glucocorticoid receptor (GR) function in adult rats is enhanced. However, the long-term consequences of stress, a causal factor in depression, on intracellular elements involved into the regulation of GR function is poorly examined. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), activity of(More)
Memantine, a clinically used N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist, has been shown to prevent apoptotic neuronal damage connected with the over-activity of NMDA receptors. In the present study, we examined the effect of memantine on staurosporine-, salsolinol- and doxorubicin-induced apoptosis in the SH-SY5Y cell line which does not possess(More)
Dysregulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity is thought to be an important factor in pathogenesis of depression. In animals, stress or glucocorticoids given in prenatal period lead to long-lasting behavioral and neuroendocrine changes similar to those observed in depressed patients. However, molecular basis for HPA disturbances in(More)
Chronic activation of immune-inflammatory and oxidative and nitrosative stress (O&NS) pathways plays an important role in the pathophysiology of clinical depression. Increased IgA responses directed against LPS of gram-negative bacteria, indicating increased bacterial translocation, may be one of the drivers underpinning these pathways. There is a strong(More)
Topiramate, a new anticonvulsant, has been reported to possess neuroprotective effects in both in vivo and in vitro experiments. In the present study, the effect of topiramate (40 and 80 mg/kg ip) on the fully developed kainate-induced status epilepticus was evaluated in the rat. Injection of kainate (15 mg/kg ip) evoked recurrent limbic seizures which(More)
It has been postulated that hyperactive glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is an important factor in the pathogenesis of depression, and that this enzyme also contributes to the mechanism of antidepressant drug action. In the present study, we investigated the effect of prenatal stress (an animal model of depression) and long-term treatment with(More)
Recent data indicate that a significant number of schizophrenic patients are hypercortisolemic and that glucocorticoids are involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether behavioural schizophrenia-like changes in the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neurodevelopmental model of this brain disorder are(More)
BACKGROUND Prenatal immune system disturbances have been postulated to play an important role in pathogenesis of schizophrenia and related disorders. In the present study, we sought to answer the question whether behavioral changes in the neurodevelopmental model of schizophrenia in rats are accompanied by alterations in proliferative activity of(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of prenatal lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment, which is an animal developmental model of schizophrenia, on MK-801-induced psychotomimetic behavioral changes and brain aminergic system activity in adult offspring. Repeated LPS (1 mg/kg) injection in rats, that had started from 7th day of pregnancy and was(More)
Antipsychotic drugs can modulate transcription factors and also nuclear receptors, but their action on glucocorticoid receptors (GR)-members of the steroid/thyroid hormone receptor family has not been studied so far. In the present study we investigated effects of various antipsychotics on the glucocorticoid-mediated gene transcription in fibroblast cells,(More)