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Alterations in cognitive function and behavioral response to amphetamine induced by prenatal inflammation are dependent on the stage of pregnancy.
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PMID:  20934257     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Maternal infection during human pregnancy has been associated with the development of schizophrenia in the adult offspring. The stage of development and the maternal inflammatory response to infection, which undergoes quantitative and qualitative changes throughout gestation, are thought to determine critical windows of vulnerability for the developing brain. In order to investigate how these two factors may contribute to the outcome in the offspring, we studied the inflammatory response to turpentine (TURP) injection (100μl/dam) and its consequences in the adult offspring, in pregnant rats at gestational day (GD) 15 or 18, which correspond to late first and early second trimester of human pregnancy, respectively. Maternal inflammatory response to TURP was different between the two GDs, with fever and circulating levels of the pro-inflammatory interleukin (IL)-6 significantly attenuated at GD 18, compared to GD 15. In the adult offspring, TURP challenge at GD 15 induced a significant decrease in pre-pulse inhibition (PPI) of acoustic startle, increased latency in the cued task of the Morris-water maze, prolonged conditioned fear response and enhanced locomotor effect of amphetamine. In contrast, the same immune challenge at GD 18 induced only a prolonged conditioned fear response. These results suggest a window of vulnerability at GD 15, at which TURP seems to affect several behaviors that are strongly modulated by dopamine. This was supported by increased tyrosine hydroxylase expression in the nucleus accumbens of the adult offspring of mothers treated at GD 15.
Argel Aguilar-Valles; Giamal N Luheshi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychoneuroendocrinology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1873-3360     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoneuroendocrinology     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7612148     Medline TA:  Psychoneuroendocrinology     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  634-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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