Strain specific fear behaviour and glucocorticoid response to aversive events: modelling PTSD in mice

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Book Chapter


Stress Hormones and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Basic Studies and Clinical Perspectives, Elsevier Science Bv, Volume 167, Amsterdam, p.257-261 (2007)



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PTSD; fear conditioning; C57BL/6J and BALB/c mice; stress system; hippocampal volume; memory; exposure


"Pavlovian" fear conditioning in rodents allows studying the formation and extinction of fear memories. Male C57BL/6J but not BALB/c mice showed differential fear memory performance expressed as freezing and scanning behaviour for context and cue. Glucocorticoid stress hormones modulate the processing of fear-related stimuli. The augmented corticosterone response of BALB/c mice to conditioning and testing, therefore, might have contributed to the strain-dependent formation of fear memories. We propose that modulation of extinction processes by glucocorticoids can be relevant in modelling anxiety disorders.