Amphetamine-induced c-fos mRNA expression is altered in rats with neonatal ventral hippocampal damage

Sonja M. Lillrank, Barbara K. Lipska, Susan E. Bachus, Graham K. Wood, Daniel R. Weinberger

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To further characterize the mechanisms underlying enhanced dopamine- related behaviors expressed during adulthood in rats with neonatal excitotoxic ventral hippocampal (VH) damage, we studied the expression of c- fos mRNA in these rats after a single saline or amphetamine (AMPH) (10 mg/kg, i.p.) injection using in situ hybridization. The VH of rat pups was lesioned with ibotenic acid on postnatal day 7 (PD7). At the age of 90 days, rats were challenged with AMPH or saline, and the expression of c-fos mRNA using an oligonucleotide probe was assessed 30, 90, and 180 min later. AMPH significantly increased c-fos mRNA expression in medial prefrontal cortex, piriform cortex, cingulate cortex, septal region, and dorsolateral and ventromedial striatum in control and lesioned rats. However, this response to AMPH was attenuated 30 min after AMPH injection in all of these regions in the lesioned as compared to the sham-operated rats. No significant changes were seen at other time points. These results indicate that the neonatal VH lesion alters time-dependent intracellular signal transduction mechanisms measured by AMPH-induced c-fos mRNA expression in cortical and subcortical brain regions. Changes in c-fos mRNA expression in this putative animal model of schizophrenia may have implications for long-term alterations in cellular phenotype because of altered regulation of certain target genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-301
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Amphetamine
  • Hippocampus
  • Ibotenic acid
  • In situ hybridization
  • c-fos mRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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