The over-arching aim of Core B is to provide to each Project, access to tissue and results relevant to the functional status of ovariectomized rats maintained in two experiments conducted in a standardized setting. In phases I and 11, five treatment regimens [vehicle, estrogen, diarylpropionitrile (DPN), progesterone, or estrogen + progesterone], implemented after 3 different post-ovariectomy delays, will be evaluated for their ability to reverse the functional deficits associated with OVX in young adult (4-month old) and after one delay in reproductive senescent (10 month old) rats. In a subsequent experiment (phase 111), the neuroprotective efficacy of the same treatment regimens will be assessed in the transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model of stroke. The assessment of functional outcomes at the different post-ovariectomy delays will provide the critical data that allows the individual projects to relate changes in the functions of estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and intracellular calcium channels, to specific periods of sensitivity or refractoriness to hormone receptor-targeted interventions. Core B will provide standardized implementation of the experimental variables;outcome assessments, environment, and animal husbandry needed for the project experiments, and provide for highly efficient leveraging of resources used by all projects, including staff and animals. To this end. Core B will procure, identify and monitor rats used in the experiments, perform all surgical interventions (ovariectomy, implantation of Silastic pellets and tMCAO), and perform comprehensive analyses of the functional status of the rats in the context of the different treatment regimens. Core B will in addition provide non-behaviorally characterized rats that will have been ovariectomized and exposed to the 5 treatment to Project 2 for synaptoneurosomal fraction preparation, and will maintain availability of neonatal brain tissue for the generation of primary neuronal cultures.

Public Health Relevance

The ovariectomized rat is an experimental model that will allow the investigators to study how hormones support healthy brain function, ultimately leading to the design of effective hormone based therapy for treating brain dysfunction in humans. The transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model simulates conditions of a stroke-related injury, and is also used to predict the efficacy of hormone therapy.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAG1-ZIJ-9)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of North Texas
Fort Worth
United States
Zip Code
Mock, J Thomas; Knight, Sherilynn G; Vann, Philip H et al. (2018) Gait Analyses in Mice: Effects of Age and Glutathione Deficiency. Aging Dis 9:634-646
Grillo, Michael A; Grillo, Stephanie L; Gerdes, Bryan C et al. (2018) Control of Neuronal Ryanodine Receptor-Mediated Calcium Signaling by Calsenilin. Mol Neurobiol :
Nguyen, Trinh; Su, Chang; Singh, Meharvan (2018) Let-7i inhibition enhances progesterone-induced functional recovery in a mouse model of ischemia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115:E9668-E9677
Izurieta Munoz, Haydee; Gonzales, Eric B; Sumien, Nathalie (2018) Effects of creatine supplementation on nociception in young male and female mice. Pharmacol Rep 70:316-321
Montgomery, Christa L; Johnson, Heather M; Johnston, Thomas P et al. (2018) Mechanisms Underlying Early-Stage Changes in Visual Performance and Retina Function After Experimental Induction of Sustained Dyslipidemia. Neurochem Res 43:1500-1510
Grillo, Stephanie L; Montgomery, Christa L; Johnson, Heather M et al. (2018) Quantification of Changes in Visual Function During Disease Development in a Mouse Model of Pigmentary Glaucoma. J Glaucoma 27:828-841
Kaja, Simon; Payne, Andrew J; Naumchuk, Yuliya et al. (2017) Quantification of Lactate Dehydrogenase for Cell Viability Testing Using Cell Lines and Primary Cultured Astrocytes. Curr Protoc Toxicol 72:2.26.1-2.26.10
Gonzales, Eric B; Sumien, Nathalie (2017) Acidity and Acid-Sensing Ion Channels in the Normal and Alzheimer's Disease Brain. J Alzheimers Dis 57:1137-1144
Engler-Chiurazzi, E B; Brown, C M; Povroznik, J M et al. (2017) Estrogens as neuroprotectants: Estrogenic actions in the context of cognitive aging and brain injury. Prog Neurobiol 157:188-211
Engler-Chiurazzi, Elizabeth B; Covey, Douglas F; Simpkins, James W (2017) A novel mechanism of non-feminizing estrogens in neuroprotection. Exp Gerontol 94:99-102

Showing the most recent 10 out of 132 publications