Journal article

Depressive-like behavior and high alcohol drinking co-occur in the FH/WJD rat but appear to be under independent genetic control

David H Overstreet, Amir H Rezvani, Elvan Djouma, Abbas Parsian, Andrew J Lawrence

NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOBEHAVIORAL REVIEWS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

This review will consider the evidence supporting the view that a specific substrain of Fawn-Hooded rat (FH/Wjd) exhibits co-occurring depressive-like behavior and high alcohol intake independently. First, the FH/Wjd rat is compared with other Fawn-Hooded substrains (FH/Har, FHH/Eur, FHL/Eur) and it is concluded that only the FH/Wjd rat is both highly immobile in the forced swim test and drinks substantial amounts of 5-10% alcohol voluntarily. Next it is demonstrated that the FH/Wjd rat fulfils many of the criteria proposed for an animal model of alcoholism (becomes tolerant, becomes dependent and expresses withdrawal symptoms, bar-presses for alcohol). Other literature in addition to the hi..

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