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Effects of Peripherally Administered Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (CRF) and a CRF Antagonist: Does Peripheral CRF Activity Mediate Behavior of Guinea Pig Pups During Isolation?
Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Michael B. Hennessy, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Stacy J. Long
  • Carolee K. Nigh
  • Michael T. Williams
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-1995
Abstract

Guinea pig pups vocalized and ambulated when first isolated in a test cage; at 1 and 24 hr, levels of these behaviors had waned, and pups frequently exhibited a crouched stance, eye-closing, and piloerection. Injection (SC) of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) prior to isolation diminished the initial vocalization and locomotor responses and induced pups to exhibit the crouched stance, eye-closing, and piloerection at the beginning of the isolation period. Pretreatment with a CRF-receptor antagonist reversed the behavioral effects of CRF. CRF had no effect on blood pressure. Thus, SC CRF produced the same behavioral profile as seen with the passage of time in untreated isolated pups. The behavioral effects appeared to be CRF-receptor-mediated events and were not secondary to hypotension. These results support the hypothesis that during prolonged isolation, high or sustained peripheral CRF activity modulates behavior.

DOI
10.1037//0735-7044.109.6.1137
Citation Information
Michael B. Hennessy, Stacy J. Long, Carolee K. Nigh and Michael T. Williams. "Effects of Peripherally Administered Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (CRF) and a CRF Antagonist: Does Peripheral CRF Activity Mediate Behavior of Guinea Pig Pups During Isolation?" Behavioral Neuroscience Vol. 109 Iss. 6 (1995) p. 1137 - 1145 ISSN: 0735-7044
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_hennessy/96/