Effect of alcohol on elevated aggressive behavior in male transgenic TGFα mice

Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, Michael Durcan, Richard Goldberg

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The effect of alcohol on aggressive behavior was studied in the highly aggressive transgenic TGFα male mouse. In contrast to findings obtained in other aggressive animals, low and moderate doses of alcohol failed to reduce this behavior in the TGFα mice; only a high dose reduced aggression. The plasma levels of alcohol were similar in the TGFα mice and non-transgenic control mice. However, the loss of righting reflex following an alcohol administration was significantly lengthened in the TGFα mice. These results suggest that the male TGFα mice can be used to investigate the mechanisms determining the physiological sensitivity to alcohol. Furthermore, these mice represent the first animal model supporting the findings obtained in humans that alcohol maintains pathological aggression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggression
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol sensitivity
  • Transforming growth factor α
  • Transgenic mice


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