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Chronic administration of risperidone in a rat model of schizophrenia: A behavioural, morphological and molecular study
  • Institute for Neuroscience of Castilla y León
  • University of Salamanca
  • University of Valladolid
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • 0166-4328
  • 1872-7549
In the present work we analyzed the effect of the chronic administration of risperidone (2mg/kg over 65 days) on behavioural, morphological and molecular aspects in an experimental model of schizophrenia obtained by bilateral injection of ibotenic acid into the ventral hippocampus of new-born rats. Our results show that during their adult lives the animals with hippocampal lesions exhibit different alterations, mainly at behavioural level and in the gene expression of dopamine D2 and 5-HT2A receptors. However, at morphological level the study performed on the prefrontal cortex did not reveal any alterations in either the thickness or the number of cells immunoreactive for c-Fos, GFAP, CBP or PV. Overall, risperidone administration elicited a trend towards the recovery of the values previously altered by the hippocampal lesion, approaching the values seen in the animals without lesions. It may be concluded that the administration of risperidone in the schizophrenia model employed helps to improve the altered functions, with no significant negative effects. © 2013.
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Behavioural Brain Research, v. 242, n. 1, p. 178-190, 2013.
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  • 5-HT receptor
  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Behaviour
  • DA receptor
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Risperidone
  • Schizophrenia
  • calbindin
  • dopamine 2 receptor
  • glial fibrillary acidic protein
  • ibotenic acid
  • parvalbumin
  • protein c fos
  • risperidone
  • serotonin 2A receptor
  • adult animal
  • animal behavior
  • animal experiment
  • animal model
  • animal tissue
  • brain damage
  • cell count
  • chronic drug administration
  • controlled study
  • cortical thickness (brain)
  • disease model
  • gene expression
  • hippocampus
  • immunoreactivity
  • newborn
  • nonhuman
  • nucleotide sequence
  • prefrontal cortex
  • priority journal
  • rat
  • schizophrenia
  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Avoidance Learning
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Brain
  • Cell Count
  • CREB-Binding Protein
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Excitatory Amino Acid Agonists
  • Exploratory Behavior
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein
  • Grooming
  • Hippocampus
  • Ibotenic Acid
  • Male
  • Parvalbumins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fos
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT2A
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2
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