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Critical Reviews™ in Neurobiology

ISSN Печать: 0892-0915
ISSN Онлайн: 2375-0014

Archives: Volume 10, 1996 to Volume 20, 2008

Critical Reviews™ in Neurobiology

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevNeurobiol.v13.i2.10
pages 103-149

Knock-Out Mouse Models Used to Study Neurobiological Systems

Marina R. Picciotto
Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine, 34 Park St., New Haven, CT 06508

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The use of knock-out mice to examine problems relevant to neurobiology is rapidly expanding. Knock-out mice have been used to study the role of particular gene products in biochemical processes, in mediating the effects of neuropharmacological substances, and in complex behaviors. The advantages and disadvantages of using knock-out mice to study neurobiological problems are discussed here, and the current state of knock-out technology is reviewed briefly. The use of knock-out mice to elucidate the functions of molecules involved in signaling through various neurotransmitter systems is then examined. Approaches to complex neurobiological problems such as the biochemical basis of learning and memory and the molecular basis of drug abuse are also explored.

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