Studies on pathophysiology of PTSD using the SPS model

Kazuhisa Kohda, Kunio Kato, Nobumasa Kato

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Animal models are important tools for the study of pathophysiology and the developmentof new treatments for mental disorders. A number of animal models of posttraumaticstress disorder (PTSD) have been proposed, and these can be categorizedinto two major groups according to their basic concepts. One idea of model constructionis that stress given to animals should simulate traumatic events in humans.The researchers utilize social stress which is more naturalistic than electric shocksor restraint (Koolhaas et al. 1997). For example, animals are exposed to a predatoror predator odor and the alterations induced by the stress exposure are analyzed.Pathophysiological consequences of predator stress are described by Adamec inChap. 5.In the other animal models of PTSD, researchers focus on the alterations inducedby stress resembling symptoms of PTSD, although the stress paradigm itself is completelyartificial. As was reviewed by Foa et al. (1992), animals exposed to uncontrollableand unpredictable stress showed similar disturbances to those found in PTSD. Because pathogenesis of mental disorders is still unclear, most animal modelsare based on similarities in neurochemical, neurophysiological, or behavioralmanifestations between model animals and clinical observations. However, "facevalidity" is only the first step in establishing a model (Yehuda and Antelman 1993).Therefore, although animal research simplifies the investigation of possible pathophysiologyand molecular mechanisms of human diseases, confirmation in clinicalresearch is needed.

ホスト出版物のサブタイトルBrain Mechanisms and Clinical Implications
出版社Springer Japan
ISBN(印刷版)4431295666, 9784431295662
出版ステータスPublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 農業および生物科学(全般)
  • 医学(全般)
  • 神経科学(全般)


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