Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Walter Wilczynski

Abstract

Due to its significance in many cellular functions, fatty acid binding protein 7 (FABP7) has become a rising topic of interest for many scientists. Immunocytochemistry was used to map the distribution of FABP7 and test whether the amount of FABP7 immunoreactivity (FABP7-IR) differed in animals that were defeated in a fight, as compared to control animals that did not engage in any social interaction. The male green anole was used as the subject because its natural tendency to establish social classes within its species provides an ideal model to observe for variation in FABP7-IR. The results showed FABP7-IR in cells and fibers of the cortex, hypothalamus, thalamus, medial preoptic area, dorsoventricular ridge, amygdala, suprachiasmatic nucleus, nucleus accumbens, nucleus rotundus, habenular area, tectum, dorsal noradrenergic and lateral forebrain bundles, and lining the third and lateral ventricles. Qualitative observation suggested higher FABP7 levels in socially defeated males than controls in all areas.

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