The content of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and blood serum of C57Bl/6J mice with depressive-like behavior induced by 20-day social stress was analyzed in 4 h after immune stimulation with LPS (250 μg/kg). These animals are characterized by a tendency to an increase in the blood content of IL-6 and a decrease in the level of IL-10. Changes in cytokine content in the brain of mice with depressive-like state developed under these conditions were observed only in the hippocampus: the levels of IL-1β, IL-6, TNFα, and IL-10 increased and the content of IFNγ decreased in comparison the corresponding parameters in the controls (not exposed to social stress) and aggressive animals. No changes in the levels of IL-2, IL-4, and IL-17 were revealed in the hypothalamus and hippocampus.
- depressive-like behavior
- pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines
- social stress