Although pain and cognitive deficits are widespread and debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), they remain poorly understood. Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV) infection is an animal model of MS where disease course is exacerbated by prior stressors. Here chronic infection coupled with prior social stress increased pain behavior and impaired hippocampal-dependent memory consolidation during the demyelinating phase of disease in SJL mice. These results suggest that the TMEV model may be useful in investigating pain and cognitive impairments in MS. However, in contrast to prior Balb/cJ studies, stress failed to consistently alter behavioral and physiological indicators of disease course.
- Theiler's Murine Encephalomyelitis Virus
- Social Stress
- Multiple SclerosisTheiler's Murine Encephalomyelitis VirusPainPavlovian ConditioningCognitionSocial Stress
- Pavlovian Conditioning
- Multiple Sclerosis