Toxoplasma gondii infection lower anxiety as measured in the plus-maze and social interaction tests in rats: A behavioral analysis

@article{Gonzlez2007ToxoplasmaGI,
  title={Toxoplasma gondii infection lower anxiety as measured in the plus-maze and social interaction tests in rats: A behavioral analysis},
  author={Luis Ernesto L{\'o}pez Gonz{\'a}lez and Belen Rojnik and Franklin Urrea and Hayd{\'e}e Urdaneta and Luis Hern{\'a}ndez},
  journal={Behavioural Brain Research},
  year={2007},
  volume={177},
  pages={70-79}
}
It has been suggested that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii reduces the fear of rodents toward their feline predators, which may lead to an augmented rate of predation and multiplication of the parasite through an increased number of life cycles. To investigate whether T. gondii infection induces selective effects on behavior associated with anxiety, Wistar rats were inoculated i.p. with several doses of T. gondii tachyzoites and tested in two animal tests of anxiety. In the third week following… CONTINUE READING

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