Influence of diurnal phase on startle response in adult rats exposed to dexamethasone in utero.

@article{Kjaer2011InfluenceOD,
  title={Influence of diurnal phase on startle response in adult rats exposed to dexamethasone in utero.},
  author={Sanna L Kjaer and Karin S Hougaard and R Andrew Tasker and Debra S Macdonald and Raben Rosenberg and Betina Elfving and Gregers Wegener},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={102 5},
  pages={444-52}
}
Depression and pathological anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent neurological diseases in the world and can be precipitated and exacerbated by stress. Prenatal stress alters both behavioral and endocrine responses to stressful stimuli in later life. We have previously observed increased basal acoustic startle response (ASR) in Wistar rats exposed to stress or dexamethasone (DEX) in utero when tested during the light phase of the circadian rhythm, and decreased prepulse inhibition (PPI… CONTINUE READING