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Effect of early malnutrition and environmental stimulation in the performance of rats in the elevated plus maze

Authors
Journal
Behavioural Brain Research
0166-4328
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Keywords
  • Malnutrition
  • Environmental Stimulation
  • Anxiety
  • Elevated Plus Maze
  • Rats
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

Malnourished rats since birth (mothers fed on 6% of protein) or controlled ones (16% of protein), half of each group received environmental stimulation (ES) from the age of 0-35th day, were studied. The performance in the elevated plus maze (EPM) was assessed on the last day. ES increased time spent and also the entries into open arms of EPM, but malnourished non-stimulated rats visited more segments near the central area than the distant ones. Data suggests an anxiolytic effect of ES which is less evident in malnourished rats. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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