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Adv Genet. 2009;68:57-81. doi: 10.1016/S0065-2660(09)68003-2. Epub 2010 Jan 13.

Sleeping together using social interactions to understand the role of sleep in plasticity.

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Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8108, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Abstract

Social experience alters the expression of genes related to synaptic function and plasticity, induces elaborations in the morphology of neural structures throughout the brain (Volkmar and Greenough, 1972; Greenough et al., 1978; Technau, 2007), improves cognitive and behavioral performance (Pham et al., 1999a; Toscano et al., 2006) and alters subsequent sleep (Ganguly-Fitzgerald et al., 2006). In this review, we discuss the plastic mechanisms that are induced in response to social experience and how social enrichment can provide insight into the biological functions of sleep.

PMID:
20109659
PMCID:
PMC2850595
DOI:
10.1016/S0065-2660(09)68003-2
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