Evaluation of social and nonsocial behaviors mediated by opioids in mouse pups

Francesca R. D’Amato

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The experimental approach to carry out a behavioral study involving opioids in mouse pups needs equipments and procedures different from those used for adult animals. Pups are immature at birth and only slowly acquire all the potentialities that characterize adult con-specifics. The standard and abnormal development of behavioral systems and their neural correlates can be followed during the first postnatal weeks, using appropriate methodologies that exploit characteristic pups’ capabilities. Behavioral tests designed for pups to evaluate the activity and involvement of the opioid system, according to the well-known role of the system in adult animals, are described in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-322
Number of pages10
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Behavioral tests
  • Homing
  • Opioid system
  • Postnatal development
  • Tail flick
  • Ultrasonic vocalizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine(all)


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