Journal article

Estrogen deficient male mice develop compulsive behavior

Rachel A Hill, Kerry J McInnes, Emily CH Gong, Margaret EE Jones, Evan R Simpson, Wah Chin Boon

BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aromatase converts androgen to estrogen. Thus, the aromatase knockout (ArKO) mouse is estrogen deficient. We investigated the compulsive behaviors of these animals and the protein levels of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) in frontal cortex, hypothalamus and liver. METHODS: Grooming was analyzed during the 20-min period immediately following a water-mist spray. Running wheel activity over two consecutive nights and barbering were analyzed. COMT protein levels were measured by Western analysis. RESULTS: Six-month old male but not female ArKO mice develop compulsive behaviors such as excessive barbering, grooming and wheel-running. Excessive activities were reversed by 3 weeks o..

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