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AIM To investigate the effects of morphine dependence and withdrawal on the concentrations of neurosteroids in rat brain. METHODS A method of simultaneous quantification of neurosteroids by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) had been established. RESULTS The chronic morphine administration (ip) resulted in a marked decrease in the brain(More)
Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) causes central nervous system damage and neurobehavioral disorders, and sevoflurane protects the brain from ischemic injury. We investigated the effects of sevoflurane on EMP-induced brain injury. Rats were exposed to EMP and immediately treated with sevoflurane. The protective effects of sevoflurane were assessed by Nissl(More)
AIM To establish the rat model of morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) and to investigate the effects of morphine psychical dependence on the levels of neurosteroids in rat brain. METHODS Rats were ip administered morphine 5 mg x kg(-1) for 10 days to induce CPP in morphine group. The concentrations of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA),(More)
Drug addiction is considered an aberrant form of learning, and drug-associated memories evoked by the presence of associated stimuli (drug context or drug-related cues) contribute to recurrent craving and reinstatement. Epigenetic changes mediated by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) have been implicated in the reconsolidation of fear memory. Here, we(More)
Histone modifications have been implicated in learning and memory. Our previous transcriptome data showed that expression of sirtuins 6 (SIRT6), a member of Histone deacetylases (HDACs) family in the hippocampal cornu ammonis 1 (CA1) was decreased after contextual fear conditioning. However, the role of SIRT6 in the formation of memory is still elusive. In(More)
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