Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Biomedical Sciences

Date of Award

12-2001

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Uta Schambra

Committee Members

Darrell J. Moore, Michael L. Woodruff, Ronald H. Baisden

Abstract

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) labels children with physical, mental and behavioral deficits exposed to alcohol in utero. Current research indicates that timing of alcohol exposure of the embryo/fetus is a critical determinant of the behavioral deficits associated with FAS. This study represents a model for binge drinking, in which C57BL mouse embryos were exposed to alcohol during 2 separate critical periods of brain development, gestational day (GD) 7 or 8. As adults, the offspring were tested to determine if loco-motor activity and emotional reaction to a novel environment had been affected. Significant differences due to treatment and sex were noted for both the number of urinations (p=.005 and .001, respectively) and fecal boli (p=.011 and .001, respectively). These results suggest that the quantity of alcohol exposure in utero on the developing brain as in this binge-drinking model is critical in terms of adverse effects on behavioral outcome for the offspring.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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