Thyroxine replacement in an animal model of congenital hypothyroidism

Rosemary E. Reid, Eun-Mee Kim, Deaglan Page, Shane M. O'Mara, Eugene O'Hare

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This study examined the effects of thyroxine (T-4) treatment on spatial learning and memory in congenitally hypothyroid (CH) rats. Forty CH male offspring of methimazole-treated dams were randomly divided into three groups: no T-4 (vehicle) treatment (n= 12), T-4 treatment commencing on postnatal day (P-) 7 (n = 14), and T-4 treatment commencing on P-21 (n = 14). Normal male rats were used as a control group (it = 14). T4 was administered daily (sc, 0.02 mu g/g) to the treatment groups for 30 days. A water-maze was used to assess behaviour at 42, 70 and 98 days of age. T-4 treatment beginning at P-7 improved learning and memory associated with CH at 70 and 98 days of age but T-4 treatment beginning at P-21 did not improve CH-impaired learning and memory. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
LanguageEnglish
Pages299-303
JournalPHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR
Volume91
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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Congenital Hypothyroidism
Thyroxine
Animal Models
Learning
Methimazole
Control Groups
Water
Spatial Learning
Spatial Memory

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Reid, Rosemary E. ; Kim, Eun-Mee ; Page, Deaglan ; O'Mara, Shane M. ; O'Hare, Eugene. / Thyroxine replacement in an animal model of congenital hypothyroidism. In: PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR. 2007 ; Vol. 91, No. 2-3. pp. 299-303.
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In: PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, Vol. 91, No. 2-3, 06.2007, p. 299-303.

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