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Developmental treatment with difluoromethylornithine has few effects on behavior or body weight in Sprague-Dawley rats.

Developmental difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) treatment reduces cerebellar weight [Neuroscience 17 (1986) 399, Neurotoxicol. Teratol. 22 (2000) 415, Behav. Brain Res. 126 (2001) 135], but the functional alterations resulting from this have been little investigated. Here, Sprague-Dawley rats were subcutaneously injected with 500 mg/kg DFMO on postnatal days (PNDs) 5-12 and a comprehensive set of behavioral assessments measured early developmental behaviors (righting reflex, negative geotaxis), motor coordination, acoustic startle, short- and long-term activity, social behaviors, anxiety, and spatial learning and memory. DFMO treatment appeared to cause a decreased latency to perform the negative geotaxis behavior on PNDs 8-10 and increased latency to hang by the forelimbs on PNDs 12-14. Our previous study did not indicate similar effects, but age at testing differed between the two studies. DFMO treatment caused a decreased latency to maximum acoustic startle response in both the acoustic startle paradigm and in the pulse-alone trials of the prepulse inhibition test. This DFMO treatment paradigm induced a 10% decrease in adult cerebellar weight [Behav. Brain Res. 126 (2001) 135], but the results here imply that such developmental stunting has few functional alterations.[1]


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