Structural alterations in the hippocampus and spatial behavior by stress in male and female rats : protections, and recovery in water-based and dry-land tasks

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Faraji, Jamshid
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2008
Stress-related cognitive changes are still a matter of debate. In some particular neuropathological conditions such as focal ischemia, cognitive functions have been shown to be significantly impaired. These conditions, however, may be improved by some factors such as steroid hormones. The purpose of the current thesis was to assess the structural and functional effects of corticosterone-related experiences on the hippocampus before and after endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced stroke. We found corticosterone-related experiences enhance the hippocampal recovery, and improve its function in both wet and dryland tasks after ET-1-induced focal stroke. Structural and functional effects of such experiences prior to the focal ischemia in the hippocampus, however, showed that stress, not corticosterone is a strong inhibitor for hippocampal recovery.
xii, 252 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. --
Dissertations, Academic , Cerebrovascular disease -- Research , Cerebrovascular disease -- Animal models , Spatial behavior in animals -- Research , Brain -- Research , Hippocampus (Brain) -- Physiology , Rats as laboratory animals , Stress (Physiology) -- Research , Rats -- Effect of stress on