Seasonal variation of the impact of a stressful procedure on open field behaviour and blood corticosterone in laboratory mice.

@article{Meyer2006SeasonalVO,
  title={Seasonal variation of the impact of a stressful procedure on open field behaviour and blood corticosterone in laboratory mice.},
  author={Laurence Meyer and J Christopher Caston and Ayikoe Guy Mensah-Nyagan},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  year={2006},
  volume={167 2},
  pages={342-8}
}
Behavioural and hormonal seasonal changes are well documented in various vertebrate species living in their natural environment but circannual variations that may occur in laboratory animals reared in standard conditions are poorly investigated. This study shows that, in laboratory mice, the effects of stress on behavioural inhibition, investigatory behaviour and blood concentration of corticosterone are seasonally dependent. No consistency was observed between the reactivity of biological… CONTINUE READING

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