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Fiziologichnyi Zhurnal

is a scientific journal issued by the

Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Editor-in-chief: V.F. Sagach

The journal was founded in 1955 as
1955 – 1977 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0015 – 3311)
1978 – 1993 "Fiziologicheskii zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
1994 – 2016 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
2017 – "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 2522-9028)

Fiziol. Zh. 2022; 68(1): 45-55


V.V. Geiko1, M.S. Geiko2, T.V. Selyukova3

  1. SI «Institute of Neurology, Psychiatry and Narcology of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine», Kharkiv, Ukraine
  2. Regional Clinical Narcological Hospital, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  3. National University of Civil Protection of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine


We have investigated the effect of the intranasal degydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) treatment on the emotional status and zoosocial behavior of rats during ethanol withdrawal compared to the level of voluntary ethanol consumption and its preference at the 2-bottle test. It was shown that under conditions of renewal of alcohol access, the highest decrease in the intensity of its usage (by 75%), as compared to controls, was found in all experimental animals. Additionally, DHEA has promoted significant reduction (by 72%) in the pathological addiction to ethanol. These results, combined with the restoration of zoosocial relationships with the predominance of the socio-centric type, have reflected the normalizing effect of neurosteroids on the emotional behavior of the alcoholized animals, which suggest certain therapeutic potential of DHEA directed to a decrease in the level of ethanol addiction.

Keywords: dehydroepiandrosterone; intranasal administration; emotional and motor activity; anxiety-phobic status; voluntary use of ethanol; ethanol preference index; zoosocial behavior.


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