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Social stress by repeated defeat has been shown to be endowed with neuroendocrine and behavioural effects that render this stress model useful to identify adaptive mechanisms. Among these mechanisms, those related to central serotonergic systems (e.g., hippocampal 5-HT1A receptors, cortical 5-HT2A receptors) have been particularly underlined. Nonetheless,(More)
In keeping with the anxiolytic property of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in humans, we have examined in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) and the Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rat, which display low and high anxiety, respectively, some psychoneuroendocrine effects of a repeated treatment with the SSRI fluoxetine (5 or 10 mg/kg daily, for 3(More)
Female Fischer 344 (F344) rats have been shown to display increased serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene expression in the dorsal raphe, compared to female Lewis (LEW) rats. Herein, we explored, by means of synaptosomal preparations and in vivo microdialysis, whether central, but also peripheral, 5-HTT protein expression/function differ between strains.(More)
The respective influences of the corticotropic axis and sympathetic activity on 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy) immediate effects on body temperature and long-term neurotoxicity, as assessed by decreases in hippocampal and striatal [(3)H]5-hydroxytryptamine ([(3)H]5-HT) reuptake, [(3)H]paroxetine binding at 5-HT transporters (5-HTT), and(More)
Aging is accompanied by an alteration of spatial memory, which has been related to an alteration in hippocampal plasticity. Within the dentate gyrus, new neurons are generated throughout the entire life of an individual. This neurogenesis seems to play a role in hippocampal-mediated learning and learning-induced changes in neurogenesis have been proposed to(More)
We have analysed some behavioral, neuroendocrine and serotonergic consequences of a single (30-min) social defeat followed by 14-18 h of sensory contact with the aggressor, in Lewis rats, an inbred strain highly sensitive to chronic social stressors [Berton O. et al. (1998) Neuroscience 82, 147-159]. In addition, we have investigated how the aforementioned(More)
The spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) and Lewis (LEW) strains differ in numerous behavioral tests, including the elevated plus-maze. In keeping with the crucial role of central serotonin (5-HT) in anxiety, we checked for strain differences regarding several determinants of 5-HT activity. In addition to confirming that LEW rats displayed anxious behaviors in(More)
Acute administration of the selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), citalopram (1-10 mg/kg, i.p. 1 h before an elevated plus-maze test), to Spontaneously Hypertensive rats (SHRs), Lewis (LEW) rats, and Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats, i.e., rat strains differing for their emotionality, promoted anxiety, and/or hypoactivity, except in WKY rats. In the(More)
Group-housed Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats exposed for 1 h to 2,5-dihydro-2,4,5-trimethylthiazoline (TMT, a component of fox feces) did not display changes in hippocampal serotonin (5-HT) metabolism and [3H]5-HT reuptake, compared to water or butyric acid. Such an observation extended to isolated SD and Fischer 344 rats. When group-housed SD rats were tested 1(More)
The ability to cope with exercise training depends both on environmental and genetic background; however, whether the genetic status may affect (i) the hormonal status of trained subjects and, (ii) its responses to a heterotypic stressor is unknown. Herein, we have used Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR) and Lewis rats, that differ with regard to their(More)