A standardized protocol for repeated social defeat stress in mice.

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A major impediment to novel drug development has been the paucity of animal models that accurately reflect symptoms of affective disorders. In animal models, prolonged social stress has proven to be useful in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying affective-like disorders. When considering experimental approaches for studying depression, social defeat stress, in particular, has been shown to have excellent etiological, predictive, discriminative and face validity. Described here is a protocol whereby C57BL/6J mice that are repeatedly subjected to bouts of social defeat by a larger and aggressive CD-1 mouse results in the development of a clear depressive-like syndrome, characterized by enduring deficits in social interactions. Specifically, the protocol consists of three important stages, beginning with the selection of aggressive CD-1 mice, followed by agonistic social confrontations between the CD-1 and C57BL/6J mice, and concluding with the confirmation of social avoidance in subordinate C57BL/6J mice. The automated detection of social avoidance allows a marked increase in throughput, reproducibility and quantitative analysis. This protocol is highly adaptable, but in its most common form it requires 3-4 weeks for completion.

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Cited Authors

  • Golden, SA; Covington, HE; Berton, O; Russo, SJ

Published Date

  • July 21, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1183 - 1191

PubMed ID

  • 21799487

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21799487

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1750-2799

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1754-2189

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nprot.2011.361

Language

  • eng