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Abstract Title:

Neonatal exposure to monosodium glutamate induces morphological alterations in suprachiasmatic nucleus of adult rat.

Abstract Source:

Int J Exp Pathol. 2016 Feb ;97(1):18-26. Epub 2016 Jan 21. PMID: 26799547

Abstract Author(s):

Julio César Rojas-Castañeda, Rosa María Vigueras-Villaseñor, Margarita Chávez-Saldaña, Patricia Rojas, Oscar Gutiérrez-Pérez, Carolina Rojas, Marcela Arteaga-Silva

Article Affiliation:

Julio César Rojas-Castañeda


Neonatal exposure to monosodium glutamate (MSG) induces circadian disorders in several physiological and behavioural processes regulated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of neonatal exposure to MSG on locomotor activity, and on morphology, cellular density and expression of proteins, as evaluated by optical density (OD), of vasopressin (VP)-, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP)- and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-immunoreactive cells in the SCN. Male Wistar rats were used: the MSG group was subcutaneously treated from 3 to 10 days of age with 3.5 mg/g/day. Locomotor activity was evaluated at 90 days of age using 'open-field' test, and the brains were processed for immunohistochemical studies. MSG exposure induced a significant decrease in locomotor activity. VP- and VIP-immunoreactive neuronal densities showed a significant decrease, while the somatic OD showed an increase. Major axes and somatic area were significantly increased in VIP neurons. The cellular and optical densities of GFAP-immunoreactive sections of SCN were significantly increased. These results demonstrated that newborn exposure to MSG inducedmorphological alterations in SCN cells, an alteration that could be the basis for behavioural disorders observed in the animals.

Study Type : Animal Study

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