AGE DEPENDENCY of the SUSCEPTIBILITY of RATS TO AMINOOXYACETIC ACID SEIZURES
Cavalheiro, E. A.
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Immature rats are more susceptible to clonic seizures induced by aminooxyacetic acid (AOAA) than mature and senile rats. Highest susceptibility to AOAA seizures was observed in 7-14-day-old rat pups. the lowest susceptibility was recorded in 10-20 month-old rats. AOAA seizures in 14-day-old rats were blocked by clonazepam and valproate, but not by phenobarbital, carbamazepine, diphenylhydantoin, trimethadione or ethosuximide. Morphological analysis of brains from 14-day- and 3-month-old rats which experienced AOAA seizures did not reveal epilepsy-related damage. These observations suggest that immature rat brain is highly prone to convulsions induced by AOAA and that such convulsions are difficult to control by available antiepileptic treatment.
CitationDevelopmental Brain Research. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 67, n. 2, p. 137-144, 1992.
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