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Effect of pharmacological treatment with fatty acid amino hydrolase inhibitor on behavioral responses to chronic unpredictable stress: evaluation of the involvement of morphological changes in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis

Grant number: 19/25654-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2020
Effective date (End): February 28, 2021
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Pharmacology - Neuropsychopharmacology
Principal researcher:Carlos Cesar Crestani
Grantee:Lucas Gomes de Souza
Supervisor abroad: Nuno Jorge Carvalho de Sousa
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCFAR). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade do Minho (UMinho), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:16/05028-9 - Control of cardiovascular responses to stress by endocannabinoid neurotransmission in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in rats: interaction with the NMDA receptor/NO/cGMP/protein kinase g signaling pathway and involvement of lateral hypothalamus, BP.DR


Chronic exposure in aversive situations is reported as an important factor involved in the etiology and development of various diseases. Endocannabinoid neurotransmission is implicated in modulating behavioral and physiological responses to stress. In this sense, inhibition of enzymes caused by endocannabinoid degradation is proposed as a potential new therapeutic approach for stress complications. However, brain screening related to the effects of these drugs is still poorly understood. The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is described as a nucleus in behavioral and physiological responses to emotional stress, and an endocannabinoid neurotransmission is related as an important local neurochemical mechanism that is being used. Morphological changes, including increased area volume and dendritic remodeling, were identified in rodent BNST after chronic exposure to aversive events. Thus, our proposal in the present study is to investigate or treat pharmacological treatment with anandamide hydrogen inhibitor in behavioral responses related to anxiety and morphological changes in BNST, induced by exposure to a chronic unpredictable stress protocol. (AU)

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