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Keywords:

  • GABA;
  • Receptors;
  • Swim stress;
  • Sex differences;
  • Steroids.

Abstract: Acute swim stress (3-min swim at 32°C) in female, but not in male, mice results in substantial changes in the characteristics of GABA binding to membranes prepared from the forebrain. These changes were larger when measured in a relatively crude membrane preparation than in a well-washed membrane preparation commonly used in GABA binding assays, consistent with the loss of endogenous modulators of GABA binding in the latter preparation. These changes may be related to stress-induced alterations in part in the modulation of the characteristics of GABA binding by endogenous steroids, as the acute swim stress produced a larger increase in plasma corticosterone levels in female than in male mice.