Cognition and behavior: behavioral neurogenetics

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This section covers all aspects of neurogenetics, including, but not limited to, animal models of neurobehavioral genetics.

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  1. Research article

    Proteomic analyses of limbic regions in neonatal male, female and androgen receptor knockout mice

    It is well-established that organizational effects of sex steroids during early development are fundamental for sex-typical displays of, for example, mating and aggressive behaviors in rodents and other specie...

    Anna Zettergren, Sara Karlsson, Erik Studer, Anna Sarvimäki, Petronella Kettunen, Annika Thorsell, Carina Sihlbom and Lars Westberg

    BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:9

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  2. Research Article

    Epigenetic evidence for involvement of the oxytocin receptor gene in obsessive–compulsive disorder

    Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder that affects up to 3% of the general population. Although epigenetic mechanisms play a role in neurodevelopment disorders, epigenet...

    Carolina Cappi, Juliana Belo Diniz, Guaraci L. Requena, Tiaya Lourenço, Bianca Cristina Garcia Lisboa, Marcelo Camargo Batistuzzo, Andrea H. Marques, Marcelo Q. Hoexter, Carlos A. Pereira, Euripedes Constantino Miguel and Helena Brentani

    BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:79

    Published on: 30 November 2016

  3. Research article

    Genotypic differences in intruder-evoked immediate early gene activation in male, but not female, vasopressin 1b receptor knockout mice

    The neuropeptide arginine vasopressin (Avp) modulates social behaviors via its two centrally expressed receptors, the Avp 1a receptor and the Avp 1b receptor (Avpr1b). Recent work suggests that, at least in mi...

    Shannah K. Witchey, Erica L. Stevenson and Heather K. Caldwell

    BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:75

    Published on: 24 November 2016

  4. Research article

    Social behavioral testing and brain magnetic resonance imaging in chicks exposed to mobile phone radiation during development

    The potential adverse effect of mobile phone radiation is currently an area of great concern in the field of public health. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of mobile phone radiation (9...

    Zien Zhou, Jiehui Shan, Jinyan Zu, Zengai Chen, Weiwei Ma, Lei Li and Jianrong Xu

    BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:36

    Published on: 10 June 2016

  5. Research article

    Absence of M-Ras modulates social behavior in mice

    The molecular mechanisms that determine social behavior are poorly understood. Pheromones play a critical role in social recognition in most animals, including mice, but how these are converted into behavioral...

    Annette Ehrhardt, Bin Wang, Marie J. Leung and John W. Schrader

    BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:68

    Published on: 21 October 2015

  6. Research article

    A 72-hour high fat diet increases transcript levels of the neuropeptide galanin in the dorsal hippocampus of the rat

    Recent evidence identifies the hippocampus, a brain structure commonly associated with learning and memory, as key to the regulation of food intake and the development and consequences of obesity. Intake of a ...

    Ling Gan, Emily England, Jeong-Yeh Yang, Natalie Toulme, Suresh Ambati, Diane L Hartzell, Richard B Meagher and Clifton A Baile

    BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:51

    Published on: 11 August 2015

  7. Research article

    mRNA and microRNA analysis reveals modulation of biochemical pathways related to addiction in the ventral tegmental area of methamphetamine self-administering rats

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant with increasing levels of abuse worldwide. Alterations to mRNA and miRNA expression within the mesolimbic system can affect addiction-like...

    P J Bosch, M C Benton, D Macartney-Coxson and B M Kivell

    BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:43

    Published on: 19 July 2015

  8. Research article

    Common genetic variation of the APOE gene and personality

    A recent study yielded first evidence that personality plays an important role in explaining the influence of a prominent APOE polymorphism on cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in elderly humans. Add...

    Christian Montag, Lukas Kunz, Nikolai Axmacher, Rayna Sariyska, Bernd Lachmann and Martin Reuter

    BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:64

    Published on: 20 May 2014

  9. Research article

    A two years longitudinal study of a transgenic Huntington disease monkey

    A two-year longitudinal study composed of morphometric MRI measures and cognitive behavioral evaluation was performed on a transgenic Huntington’s disease (HD) monkey. rHD1, a transgenic HD monkey expressing e...

    Anthony WS Chan, Yan Xu, Jie Jiang, Tayeb Rahim, Dongming Zhao, Jannet Kocerha, Tim Chi, Sean Moran, Heidi Engelhardt, Katherine Larkin, Adam Neumann, Haiying Cheng, Chunxia Li, Katie Nelson, Heather Banta, Stuart M Zola…

    BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:36

    Published on: 3 March 2014

  10. Research article

    Ultra-fast speech comprehension in blind subjects engages primary visual cortex, fusiform gyrus, and pulvinar – a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study

    Individuals suffering from vision loss of a peripheral origin may learn to understand spoken language at a rate of up to about 22 syllables (syl) per second - exceeding by far the maximum performance level of ...

    Susanne Dietrich, Ingo Hertrich and Hermann Ackermann

    BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:74

    Published on: 23 July 2013

  11. Research article

    Chronic self-administration of alcohol results in elevated ΔFosB: comparison of hybrid mice with distinct drinking patterns

    The inability to reduce or regulate alcohol intake is a hallmark symptom for alcohol use disorders. Research on novel behavioral and genetic models of experience-induced changes in drinking will further our kn...

    Angela R Ozburn, R D Mayfield, Igor Ponomarev, Theresa A Jones, Yuri A Blednov and R A Harris

    BMC Neuroscience 2012 13:130

    Published on: 29 October 2012

  12. Research article

    High throughput analysis reveals dissociable gene expression profiles in two independent neural systems involved in the regulation of social behavior

    Production of contextually appropriate social behaviors involves integrated activity across many brain regions. Many songbird species produce complex vocalizations called ‘songs’ that serve to attract potentia...

    Tyler J Stevenson, Kirstin Replogle, Jenny Drnevich, David F Clayton and Gregory F Ball

    BMC Neuroscience 2012 13:126

    Published on: 19 October 2012

  13. Research article

    Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid improves spatial learning and hippocampal Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptors (PPARα and PPARγ) gene expression in rats

    This study examined the effects of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) as different n-6: n-3 ratios on spatial learning and gene expression of peroxisome- proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in the...

    Toktam Hajjar, Goh Y Meng, Mohamed A Rajion, Sharmili Vidyadaran, Fauziah Othman, Abdoreza S Farjam, Tan A Li and Mahdi Ebrahimi

    BMC Neuroscience 2012 13:109

    Published on: 18 September 2012

  14. Research article

    Spatial memory decline after masticatory deprivation and aging is associated with altered laminar distribution of CA1 astrocytes

    Chewing imbalances are associated with neurodegeneration and are risk factors for senile dementia in humans and memory deficits in experimental animals. We investigated the impact of long-term reduced masticat...

    Marina Negrão Frota de Almeida, Fabíola de Carvalho Chaves de Siqueira Mendes, André Pinheiro Gurgel Felício, Manoela Falsoni, Márcia Lorena Ferreira de Andrade, João Bento-Torres, Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos, Victor Hugh Perry, Cristovam Wanderley Picanço-Diniz and Marcia Consentino Kronka Sosthenes

    BMC Neuroscience 2012 13:23

    Published on: 29 February 2012

  15. Research article

    The neural correlates of picture naming facilitated by auditory repetition

    Overt repetition of auditorily presented words can facilitate picture naming performance in both unimpaired speakers and individuals with word retrieval difficulties, but the underlying neurocognitive mechanis...

    Shiree Heath, Katie McMahon, Lyndsey Nickels, Anthony Angwin, Anna MacDonald, Sophia van Hees, Kori Johnson and David Copland

    BMC Neuroscience 2012 13:21

    Published on: 27 February 2012

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