A cross-fostering study in a genetic animal model of depression: maternal behavior and depression-like symptoms.

@article{Malkesman2008ACS,
  title={A cross-fostering study in a genetic animal model of depression: maternal behavior and depression-like symptoms.},
  author={Oz Malkesman and Yael Lavi-Avnon and Rachel Maayan and Abraham Weizman},
  journal={Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior},
  year={2008},
  volume={91 1},
  pages={1-8}
}
Connections between maternal behavior and childhood depression were examined by using a "genetic animal model"; Flinder Sensitive Line--(FSL) rats, and cross-fostering the offspring with the control strain, Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. The control procedure was "in-fostering", where the foster dam and her pups were from the same strain. Contribution of pups' characteristics/genotype to maternal behavior was examined. After weaning, we measured male offspring's body weight, immobility in the swim… CONTINUE READING