Journal article

Adult siRNA-induced knockdown of mGlu(7) receptors reduces anxiety in the mouse

Richard M O'Connor, Deepak R Thakker, Markus Schmutz, Herman van der Putten, Daniel Hoyer, Peter J Flor, John F Cryan

Neuropharmacology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Our knowledge regarding the molecular pathophysiology underlying anxiety disorders remains incomplete. Increasing evidence points to a role of glutamate in anxiety. The group III metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlu4, mGlu6, mGlu7 and mGlu8 receptors) remain the least investigated glutamate receptor subtypes partially due to a delay in the development of specific pharmacological tools. Early work using knockout animals and pharmacological tools aimed at investigating the role of mGlu7 receptor in the pathophysiology of anxiety disorders has yielded exciting yet not always consistent results. To further investigate the role this receptor plays in anxiety-like behaviour, we knocked down mGlu..

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