Chronic fluoxetine treatment attenuates stressor-induced changes in temperature, heart rate, and neuronal activation in the olfactory bulbectomised rat
Kelly, John P.
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Roche, M., Harkin, A., Kelly, J. P. (2007) 'Chronic fluoxetine treatment attenuates stressor-induced changes in temperature, heart rate, and neuronal activation in the olfactory bulbectomised rat'. Neuropsychopharmacology, 32 (6):1312-1320.
The olfactory bulbectomized (OB) rat is a well characterized animal model that exhibits a number of behavioural and neurochemical changes that have relevance to clinical depression. Hyperactivity in the open field is the most widely used parameter assessed in this model and is reversed following chronic, but not acute, antidepressant treatment. This study investigated OB-induced alterations in heart rate, body temperature and neuronal activation following open field exposure and the impact of chronic treatment with fluoxetine on these parameters. Upon placement in the open field OB rats exhibited a characteristic hyperactivity response. Heart rate and body temperature were increased in sham-operated rats following open field exposure, a predictable response to stress which was significantly reduced in OB rats. Moreover bulbectomy reduced open field-induced cFOS expression in the basal nucleus of the stria terminalis while concurrently increasing expression in the hippocampus, amygdala, paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus and dorsal raphe nucleus. Chronic fluoxetine treatment (10 mg/kg s.c. once daily for 5 weeks) attenuated all of these OB associated changes. In conclusion, OB rats exhibit alterations in behaviour, body temperature, heart rate and neuronal activation in response to open field exposure which are reversed following chronic fluoxetine administration. These results identify stress sensitive regions within the brain which are altered following bulbectomy and which may underlie the abnormal behavioural and physiological changes observed in this rodent model of depression.