Abstract #44: Identification of gene variants in Puerto Rican Patients with Anxiety and Depression

Fernando Vera-Urbina¹, Jessica Renta-Torres², Jorge Duconge-Soler ³ and Bianca A. Torres-Hernández³ 1 University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras; Faculty of Natural Sciences 2 University of Puerto Rico; Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus 3 University of Puerto Rico; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Medical Sciences Campus Introduction: Anxiety and […]

Abstract #43: Exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide increases anxiety-like behaviors in Rats

S. Rodríguez-Rosado, M. Cáceres-Chacón, A. Figueroa-Pérez, H. Haddock-Martínez, G. Hernández-Busot, M. Rivera-López, O. Martínez-Guzmán, D. Sierra-Mercado Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology., University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) are the most commonly used herbicides worldwide. Glyphosate was initially considered safe for mammals because it acts by inhibiting a metabolic […]

Abstract #42: The role of the endocannabinoid and serotonergic functional interactions within the limbic system in depression-like behaviors in rats

*Astrid P. Ramos-Rolón, Wickensonn Norze, Paula A. Muñoz-Rodríguez, Amanda I. Rodríguez-Leon, Paola Eusebio Severino, Kristie M. Torres-Montero, Keimarie Berrios-Rodríguez, Alexander I. Acevedo-Jetter, Valeria M. Schleier-Albino, Miciely C. Aponte-Reyes, C. S. Maldonado-Vlaar University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Department of Biology, PO BOX 23360, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1 University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Department of Biology, […]

Abstract #41: Deep Brain Stimulation Shortens Extinction of Persistent Morphine Seeking

Lloret-Torres Mario E ¹, Martinez-Rivera Freddyson J ², Barreto-Estrada Jennifer L ¹ 1 University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City Opiate addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug use and drug seeking regardless of negative consequences. In […]

Abstract #40: Ethanol Guided Behavior in Female Drosophila melanogaster

*C. Irizarry-hernandez, N. Fuenzalida, A. Anqueira-gonzalez, I. M. Santiago-velazquez, A. Ghezzi Univ. of Puerto Rico In Bayamon, Bayamon, PR; Dept. of Biol., Univ. of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, San Juan, PR; Neurosci., Columbia Univ. – City of New York, City of New York, NY; Biol., Univ. of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, Rio Piedras, PR […]

Abstract #39: Glyphosate increases threat response to novel neutral stimuli

A. Figueroa-Pérez, M. Cáceres-Chacón, S. Rodríguez-Rosado, G. Hernández-Busot, H. Haddock-Martínez, M. Rivera-López, O. Martínez-Guzmán, D. Sierra-Mercado Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology., University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR Glyphosate is the most common active ingredient in herbicides used in landscaping and agriculture. Glyphosate is thought to be safe for humans and animals […]

Abstract #38: Localized infusion of C20 ceramide triggers reversible short-term behavioral changes in female and male rats

Adariana Feliciano-Quiñones¹ , Lubriel Sambolin-Escobales ¹ , Cristina Suarez-Gomez ¹ , Lizmarie Tirado-Castro ¹, Wilfred Fonseca-Ferrer² , Kimberly Santos-Aviles¹, Maria Colon-Romero¹ , Anixa Hernández-Lopez¹ , James Porter ¹ 1 Ponce Health Sciences University, Ponce Research Institute, Ponce, PR 2 University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, PR Previous data showed that rats with depressive-like behavior showed increased […]

Abstract #37: Developing new strategies to examine pair bonds in prairie voles

Christian J. Esquilin-Rodriguez, Lisa Hiura, Dave Protter, Gabe Chapel, Ryan Cameron, Maya Paulson, Isaiah Elges and Zoe Donaldson. Social monogamy is a rare behavior across mammalian species, only observed in about 5%-10% of mammals. Prairie voles are a rodent species capable of this behavior, which is why they are an optimal model to examine how […]

Abstract #36: Gut-brain Axis: Gut microbiota composition in Puerto Ricans diagnosed with psychiatric disorders

M.F. Dos Santos-Torres, C.D. López Vega¹, F Godoy Vitorino², and B.A. Torres Hernández³ 1 University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras; Faculty of Natural Sciences 2 University of Puerto Rico; Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus 3 University of Puerto Rico; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Medical Sciences Introduction: It […]

Abstract #35: Effects of glyphosate on locomotion and grooming behavior in rats

Isabel Castro-Rivera, Marcel González-Pedraza, Alexdiel Figueroa Perez, Héctor G. Haddock-Martínez, Héctor A. Haddock Martínez, Gabriela Hernández-Busot, Melissa Rivera-López, Mauricio Cáceres-Chacón, Osmarie Martínez-Guzmán, and Demetrio Sierra-Mercado Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine Glyphosate is the active ingredient in several commercial herbicides. Though initially considered safe for mammals, recent reports suggest […]