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Selection for catatonia: Effect on sexual function and estrous cycle synchronization

  • D. V. Klochkov
  • T. A. Alekhina
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Abstract

Body, ovary, and uterus weights; estrous cycle; dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the hypothalamus; and testosterone levels in blood plasma have been recorded in 2- to 3-month-old GC female rats selected for elevated catatonia response and compared with the outbred Wistar stock. The body weights of GC rats are lower, and the cyclic linkage between the ovaries and the uterus is disrupted, as is apparent from a reduced diestrus ovary weight and a lower estrogen-dependent uterus weight increase in comparison to those of Wistar. A statistically significant synchronization of estrous cycles is observed in GC rats kept in standard cages, five to seven animals per cage. It includes a larger number of matches of individual estrus phases so as to form a group estrus phase of their 4- to 5-day-long estrous cycle. Synchronized estrus phases occur in 50–60% of GC rats, which is significantly more than in Wistar rats (30–40%). With reduced dopamine and norepinephrine levels in hypothalami of GC rats, the levels of these monoamines are higher in estrus and low in diestrus. Testosterone levels in diestrus GC females are higher than in estrous or Wistar ones.

Keywords

selection model of catatonia microscopy fluorescence estrous cycle synchronization estrus diestrus catecholamines testosterone catatonia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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