Early Adolescence LPS-immune Challenge Makes Adult Rats Mental Wrecks

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  1. LeeLemonoil

    LeeLemonoil Member

    Sep 24, 2016
    Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced sickness in early adolescence alters the behavioral effects of the short-chain fatty acid, propionic acid, in late a... - PubMed - NCBI

    Early life immune challenges are risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders. In adolescence, they elicit behavioral symptoms that resemble clinical disorders. Stressors during this time may alter signaling from the gut microbiome, which increases the risk for psychiatric disorders. It was hypothesized that adolescent immune challenges may interact with a gut bacterial product, the short-chain fatty acid, propionic acid (PPA), to potentiate symptoms of anxiety and sensory abnormality. The present study investigated the effects of repeated lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exposure during early adolescence, on the behavioral effects of PPA in late adolescence and adulthood. Male adolescent rats were injected with LPS (0.2 mg/kg i.p.) or the vehicle on postnatal days (P) 28, P30, P32, and P34. They were later administered either PPA (500 mg/kg i.p.) or the vehicle during late adolescence on P40 and P43, and were subsequently tested on the light-dark anxiety test and acoustic startle response, respectively. In adulthood, the rats were again injected with PPA or the vehicle and tested on the light-dark and acoustic startle tasks on P74 and P77. The results of this study showed that LPS and PPA both decreased locomotor activity. PPA reduced vertical activity, percent prepulse inhibition, and acoustic startle response magnitude. LPS increased anxiogenic behaviors and induced a delayed increase in acoustic startle response magnitude in adulthood. Although no LPS and PPA interactions were found, the results of this study suggest that early adolescent immune activation can induce long-term behavioral changes that resemble the complex phenotypes of clinical disorders.
  2. ecstatichamster

    ecstatichamster Member

    Nov 21, 2015
    Interesting find. Thank you.