Journal article

Somatostatin-28 modulates prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle response, reward processes and spontaneous locomotor activity in rats

Svetlana Semenova, Daniel Hoyer, Mark A Geyer, Athina Markou

NEUROPEPTIDES | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2010

Abstract

Somatostatins have been shown to be involved in the pathophysiology of motor and affective disorders, as well as psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. We hypothesized that in addition to motor function, somatostatin may be involved in somatosensory gating and reward processes that have been shown to be dysregulated in schizophrenia. Accordingly, we evaluated the effects of intracerebroventricular administration of somatostatin-28 on spontaneous locomotor and exploratory behavior measured in a behavioral pattern monitor, sensorimotor gating, prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex, and brain reward function (measured in a discrete trial intracranial self-stimulation..

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