Journal article

Prepulse inhibition of acoustic startle in aromatase knock-out mice: effects of age and gender

M van den Buuse, ER Simpson, MEE Jones

GENES BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR | BLACKWELL MUNKSGAARD | Published : 2003

Abstract

Estrogen has been suggested to play a neuromodulatory and neuroprotective role on the brain dopamine system. We used aromatase knockout (ArKO) mice that lack a functional aromatase enzyme and are unable to convert testosterone into estrogen, and assessed prepulse inhibition of acoustic startle, locomotor hyperactivity to amphetamine treatment and rotarod performance. Mice were tested at either 1 month, 4-5 months or 12-18 months of age. In male, but not female ArKO mice, there was an age-related reduction of prepulse inhibition. The 12-18 months old male ArKO mice also showed significantly greater amphetamine-induced hyperactivity. Mice heterozygous for the mutation showed no deficits or wer..

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