Genetic background, nature of event, and time of exposure to event direct the phenotypic expression of a particular genotype. A study with apomorphine-(un)susceptible Wistar rats.
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SourceBehavioural Brain Research, 154, 1, (2004), pp. 107-112
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SubjectUMCN 3.2: Cognitive neurosciences
The aim of this study was to investigate the differential long-term after-effects on the apomorphine-susceptibility in the apomorphine-susceptible (APO-SUS) and apomorphine-unsusceptible (APO-UNSUS) rats of either a saline injection (a mild stressor) or a clonidine-injection (a moderate stressor) applied around the onset of the stress-hypo-responsive-period (SHRP) on postnatal day (PND) 2, 4, 6 or 9. The present study shows that an injection of saline on PND 2 decreases the apomorphine-induced gnawing score in adult APO-SUS rats, but increases this score in adult APO-UNSUS rats; clonidine given on this day has no effect. An injection of saline on PND 4 decreases the apomorphine score in adult APO-SUS rats, but has no effect in adult APO-UNSUS rats. An injection of clonidine on PND 4 counteracts the long-term after-effects of a saline injection on this PND in adult APO-SUS rats, but has no effect in adult APO-UNSUS rats. Finally, an injection of clonidine on PND 9 has no effect on the apomorphine score in adult APO-SUS rats, but increases this score in adult APO-UNSUS rats; saline given on this day has no effect. It is concluded that the long-term after-effects of early postnatal stressors depend on the interrelationship between, rather than the separate impact of, the genetic background of the rat, the nature of the event, and time of exposure to the event, thereby implying that these factors direct the phenotypic expression of a particular genotype at adult age.
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