Stressor-induced alterations in serotonergic activity in an animal model of depression

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Brain and Mind Institute


The present study examined the effect of two neurogenic stressors (air puff and restraint) and a metabolic stressor (lipopolysaccharide; LPS 100 microg/kg, i.p.) on accumbal serotonergic neurotransmission in the olfactory bulbectomized (OB) rat model of depression. Both air puff and restraint stress caused greater increases in accumbal 5-HIAA in OB than in sham-operated rats. In contrast, bulbectomy resulted in a blunted serotonergic response to a challenge with LPS (a metabolic stressor). In addition, OB rats displayed significantly lower basal levels of 5-HIAA than sham-operated counterparts, a finding consistent with previous reports of the OB rat being a model of hyposerotonergic depression. The relevance of these findings to stressor-provoked depressive-like behaviors in the OB rat are discussed.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

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