Yuling Liang

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The current study analyzed the acute, chronic, and lasting effects of ketamine administration in four inbred mouse strains (C3H/HeHsd, C57BL/6Hsd, FVB/Hsd, and DBA/2Hsd) to evaluate vulnerability to ketamine as a drug of abuse and as a model of schizophrenia. Serum half-life of ketamine was similar between all strains (approximately 13 min). Also, the ratio(More)
BACKGROUND Schizophrenia patients display sensory processing deficits, reduced alpha7-nicotine receptor expression, and increased incidence of smoking, prompting investigation of nicotine receptor agonists as possible treatments. We evaluated the effects of acute and chronic nicotine, using an animal model that incorporates genetic variation for sensory(More)
Previous data have shown differences among inbred mouse strains in sensory gating of auditory evoked potentials, prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle, and startle amplitude. These measures of sensory and sensorimotor gating have both been proposed as models for genetic determinants of sensory processing abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia and their(More)
People with schizophrenia exhibit impaired ability to modify electroencephalographic event-related potential (ERP) responses to novel stimuli. These deficits serve as a window into the abnormalities of neuronal organization and function and are thought to reflect a component of genetic vulnerability for schizophrenia. We describe differences among inbred(More)
N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists produce behavioral and electrophysiological effects similar to schizophrenia. The mouse P20, N40, and P80 event related potential (ERP) components were analyzed for genetic variance among inbred strains and ketamine-induced differences to model abnormalities in the P50, N100, and P200 in schizophrenia. Ketamine(More)
NMDA-receptor (NMDAR) hypofunction is strongly implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Several convergent lines of evidence suggest that net excitation propagated by impaired NMDAR signaling on GABAergic interneurons may be of particular interest in mediating several aspects of schizophrenia. However, it is unclear which behavioral domains are(More)
Auditory evoked potentials have been used in a variety of animal models to assess information-processing impairments in schizophrenia. Previous mouse models have primarily employed a paired click paradigm to assess the transient measures of auditory gating. The current study uses stimulus trains at varied interstimulus intervals (ISI) between 0.25 and 8 s(More)
Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist with psychotomimetic, dissociative, amnestic and euphoric effects. When chronically abused, ketamine users display deficits in cognition and information processing, even following long-term abstinence from the drug. While animal studies have shown evidence of behavioral changes and cognitive deficits that mimic those(More)
Previous studies suggest that circulating glucocorticoids may influence the encoding and processing of sensory stimuli. The current study investigated this hypothesis by measuring the generation (amplitude), gating (recovery cycle), and sensitivity (intensity function) of auditory evoked responses in C57BL/6 mice treated with chronic corticosterone (0, 1,(More)
Reductions in glutamate function are regarded as an important contributory factor in schizophrenia. However, there is a paucity of animal models characterized by developmental and sustained reductions in glutamate function. Pharmacological models using NMDA antagonists have been widely used but these typically produce only transient changes in behavior and(More)