At 10 weeks of age, increases in homovanillic acid/dopamine (DA) ratios were found in the
striatum in both allopregnanolone-treated groups compared with control rats. However, striatal DA levels decreased only in the low-allopregnanolone group and striatal homovanillic acid levels increased only in the high-allopregnanolone group. Allopregnanolone did not significantly affect cortical DA metabolism, or cortical or striatal serotonin metabolism. Data indicate that neonatal allopregnanolone treatment has a biphasic effect on striatal DA metabolism. NeuroReport 20:860-863 (C) 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.”
“The origin and the evolutionary stability of cooperation between unrelated individuals is one of the key problems of evolutionary biology. In this paper, a cooperative MLL inhibitor defence game against a predator is introduced which is based on Hamilton’s selfish herd theory and Eshel’s survival game models. Cooperation is altruistic in the sense that the individual, which is not the target of the predator, helps the members of the group attacked by the predator and during defensive action the helper individual may also die in any attack. In order to decrease the long term predation risk, this individual has to carry
out a high risk action. Here I show that this kind of cooperative behaviour can evolve in small groups. The reason for the emergence of cooperation is that if the predator does not kill a mate of a cooperative individual, 3Methyladenine then the survival probability of the cooperative individual will increase in two cases. If the mate is non-cooperative, then-according to the dilution effect, the predator confusion effect and the higher predator vigilance-the survival probability
of the cooperative filipin individual increases. The second case is when the mate is cooperative, because a cooperative individual has a further gain, the active help in defence during further predator attacks. Thus, if an individual can increase the survival rate of its mates (no matter whether the mate is cooperative or not), then its own predation risk will decrease. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.”
“At present only the corticosteroid, methylprednisolone, is used for acute spinal cord injury to improve function. However, improvements are modest, and are associated with myopathy and immunosuppression so that alternative treatments are needed. Oxandrolone is an androgenic steroid with potential neuroprotective properties that is used to prevent muscle loss and is not immunosuppressive. Oxandrolone increased locomotor recovery concomitant with reduced loss of cord tissue in a standard weight drop model of spinal cord contusion injury indicating oxandrolone as a possible alternative to methylprednisolone. Oxandrolone also increased axonal sprouting within the ventral horns distal to the injury consistent with formation of relay circuits mediating locomotor recovery.