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Research Article | Open Access

Exposure to single prolonged stress fails to induce anxiety-like behavior in mice

Wen-Jie You1,§Ye He2,§Wei-Zhu Liu1Yu-Ge Zhu3Ping Hu3Bing-Xing Pan1Wen-Hua Zhang1( )
Laboratory of Fear and Anxiety Disorders, Institute of Life Science, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China
Center for Basic Medical Experiment, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China
Institute of Translational Medicine, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China

§ Wen-Jie You and Ye He contributed equally to this work.

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Single prolonged stress (SPS) is a well-established and most frequently used rat model to induce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like symptoms, which helps to understand the neurobiological mechanisms as well as developing novel therapeutic strategies for PTSD. However, whether such stress model works efficiently in mice remains unknown. In the present study, we established a mouse SPS (mSPS) model by exposing C57BL/6J mice to a series of multimodal stressors on a single day, then the anxiety-like behavior was measured by open-field test, elevated plus maze test, dark-light box, and novelty-suppressed feeding test. Our results showed that mSPS had no significant effect on the anxiety-like behavior in mice after different days of recovery. The expression of the glucocorticoid receptor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), two proteins that highly associated with stress-related behaviors, also remained unaltered in both the amygdala and hippocampus. By contrast, the protein levels of NR2A and NR2B, two main subunits of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), was reduced in the hippocampus, but not amygdala. In conclusion, our results indicate that mSPS may not be an efficient mouse model to explore the pathophysiology of PTSD-related anxiety-like behavior.


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Cite this article:
You W-J, He Y, Liu W-Z, et al. Exposure to single prolonged stress fails to induce anxiety-like behavior in mice. Stress and Brain, 2021, 1(2): 145-159.








Received: 11 January 2020
Revised: 28 July 2020
Accepted: 27 October 2020
Published: 01 February 2021
© The Author(s) 2020

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