Altered alertness of vasopressin-secreting transgenic mice

Myron Miller, Vahram Haroutunian, Michelle Wiltshire-Clement

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We evaluated behavior and cognitive performance in a line of transgenic mice that overexpress the rat gene for vasopressin. Open field testing revealed greatest habituation in homozygous mice. Passive avoidance performance indicated equal learning and memory ability of transgenic compared to normal mice. Drinking behavior following exposure to 10% sucrose solution suggested diminished neophobia in homozygous mice. These observations are consistent with enhanced attention and alertness in the transgenic animals and support prior observations on the effects of vasopressin on behavior and cognitive function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1329-1333
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1995


  • ADH
  • AVP
  • Behavior
  • Emotionality
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Transgenic mice
  • Vasopressin


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