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Anxiety and Depression Are Related to Higher Activity of Sphingolipid Metabolizing Enzymes in the Rat Brain

Zoicas, Iulia ; Mühle, Christiane ; Schmidtner, Anna K. ; Gulbins, Erich ; Neumann, Inga D. ; Kornhuber, Johannes



Abstract

Changes in sphingolipid metabolism have been suggested to contribute to the pathophysiology of major depression. In this study, we investigated the activity of acid and neutral sphingomyelinases (ASM, NSM) and ceramidases (AC, NC), respectively, in twelve brain regions of female rats selectively bred for high (HAB) versus low (LAB) anxiety-like behavior. Concomitant with their highly anxious and ...

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