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Lipopolysaccharide administration in the dominant mouse destabilizes social hierarchy
BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, AMSTERDAM, v. 91, n. 1, supl. 1, Part 3, pp. 54-60, SEP, 2012
Hamada Cohn, Daniel Wagner
de Sa-Rocha, Luiz Carlos
Sickness behavior is a set of behavioral changes that are part of an adaptive strategy to overcome infection. Mice that interact with conspecifics displaying sickness behavior also show relevant behavioral changes. In this work we sought to determine the role of sickness behavior display by a dominant mouse as a promoter of hierarchy instability. We treated the dominant mouse within a dyad with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (400 mu g/kg, i.p.) for three consecutive days and assessed social dominance behavior. Since elder animals display increased inflammatory responses and the behaviors toward conspecifics are influenced by kinship we also assessed whether kinship and age, might influence sickness related hierarchy instability. Our results show that administration of LPS in the dominant mouse promotes social instability within a dyad, and indicates that this instability could be influenced by kinship and age. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.