Details

Effects of differential rearing on amphetamine-induced c-fos expression in rats

by Gill, Margaret J.

Abstract (Summary)
Previous research has shown that both the environment and psychostimulant use influence dopamine levels via the mesolimbic dopamine pathway. C-fos expression has also been observed following exposure to novel environments and psychostimulants. The present study looked to determine the effects of acute amphetamine exposure on locomotor activity and c-fos expression in the basolateral and central nucleus of the amygdala, for rats raised in either an enriched condition (EC), impoverished condition (IC), or social condition (SC). Rats were reared in either the EC, IC, or SC for 30 days, after which they received an acute amphetamine injection (1.0 mg/kg) and locomotor activity was measured. Following the locomotor test rats were perfused and immunohistochemistry was used to measure c-fos levels in the basolateral and central nucleus of the amygdala. Results showed that EC amphetamine rats had significantly greater locomotor activity compared to EC saline rats. There were no significant group or treatment differences in c-fos expression in the ACe. In the BLA SC amphetamine rats had significantly greater c-fos expression than EC amphetamine rats. Overall, the current study revealed that environmental enrichment and amphetamine do significantly alter locomotor activity and c-fos expression in the BLA.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:

School:Kansas State University

School Location:USA - Kansas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:environmental enrichment amphetamine c fos locomotion sprague dawley amygdala psychology psychobiology 0349

ISBN:

Date of Publication:01/01/2008

© 2009 OpenThesis.org. All Rights Reserved.