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dc.contributor.authorHvilsom, Anna Sophie Thue
dc.contributor.authorWegener, Gregers
dc.contributor.authorLillethorup, Thea P.
dc.contributor.authorIversen, Peter
dc.contributor.authorDoudet, Doris J.
dc.identifier.citationHvilsom, A.S.T. et al. 2019. Cortical and striatal serotonin transporter binding in a genetic rat model of depression and in response to electroconvulsive stimuli. European neuropsychopharmacology, (In press). []en_US
dc.identifier.issn1873-7862 (Online)
dc.description.abstractDepression is a debilitating mental illness and two thirds of patients respond insufficiently to conventional antidepressants. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the most effective treatment to alleviate drug-refractory depression, however the neurobiological mechanisms are mostly unknown. The serotonergic system plays an important role in depression and alterations in the serotonin transporter (SERT) are seen both in depression and response to antidepressant pharmacotherapies. The first aim of this study was to investigate SERT density in a genetic rat model of depression, Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL), compared to control Flinders Resistant Line (FRL) and Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The second aim was to investigate SERT density in response to electroconvulsive stimuli (ECS), an animal model of ECT. Female rats of each strain were treated with ECS or sham (ear-clip placement with no current) for 10 days before brains were removed, frozen and cut into 20 µm thick sections. SERT density was measured in striatal and cortical regions by quantitative in vitro autoradiography using the SERT-radioligand, [3H]-DASB. Higher SERT density was observed in FSL rats compared to SD rats by 36–48% in motor cortex and striatum under sham conditions. In response to ECS, SD rats displayed a significant effect of treatment, whereas no changes were observed in FRL and FSL rats. Increased SERT binding in FSL rats compared to SD supports a dysfunction of the serotonergic system in depression. The increased SERT density after ECS, seen in SD rats but not FSL rats, suggests a different mechanism of action between depressive-like rats and controlsen_US
dc.subjectFlinders sensitive line ratsen_US
dc.subjectFlinders resistant line ratsen_US
dc.subjectSerotonin transporteren_US
dc.subjectElectroconvulsive therapyen_US
dc.titleCortical and striatal serotonin transporter binding in a genetic rat model of depression and in response to electroconvulsive stimulien_US
dc.contributor.researchID22353003 - Wegener, Gregers

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