Publications

2020
Sabihi S, Goodpaster C, Maurer S, Leuner B (2020) GABA in the medial prefrontal cortex regulates anxiety-like behavior during the postpartum period. Behav Brain Res 398:112967.

Deems NP, Leuner B (2020) Pregnancy, postpartum and parity: Resilience and vulnerability in brain health and disease. Front Neuroendocrinol 57:100820.

2019
Brummelte S, Leuner B (2019) Beyond the baby brain: Moving towards a better understanding of the parental brain and behavior. Front Neuroendocrinol 54:100767.

Joshi A, Page CE, Damante M, Dye CN, Haim A, Leuner B, Lenz KM (2019) Sex differences in the effects of early life stress exposure on mast cells in the developing rat brain. Horm Behav 113:76-84.

Duarte-Guterman P, Leuner B, Galea LAM (2019) The long and short term effects of motherhood on the brain. Front Neuroendocrinol 53:100740.

Post C, Leuner B (2019) The maternal reward system in postpartum depression. Arch Womens Ment Health 22(3):417-429.

2017
Sabihi S, Dong SM, Maurer SD, Post C, Leuner B. Oxytocin in the medial prefrontal cortex attenuates anxiety: Anatomical and receptor specificity and mechanism of action. Neuropharmacology. 125:1-12.

Albin-Brooks C, Nealer C, Sabihi S, Haim A, Leuner B (2017) The influence of offspring, parity, and oxytocin on cognitive flexibility during the postpartum period. Horm Behav 89:130-136.

Haim A, Julian D, Albin-Brooks C, Brothers HM, Lenz KM, Leuner B (2017) A survey of neuroimmune changes in pregnant and postpartum female rats. Brain Behav Immun 59:67-78..

2016
Leuner B, Sabihi S (2016) The birth of new neurons in the maternal brain: Hormonal regulation and functional implications. Front Neuroendocrinol 41:99-113

Haim A, Albin-Brooks C, Sherer M, Mills E, Leuner B (2016) The effects of gestational stress and SSRI antidepressant treatment on structural plasticity in the postpartum brain – A translational model for postpartum depression. Horm Behav 77:124-131.

2015
Pershing ML, Bortz DM, Pocivavsek A, Fredericks PJ, Jørgensen CV, Vunck SA, Leuner B, Schwarcz R, Bruno JP (2015) Elevated levels of kynurenic acid during gestation produce neurochemical, morphological, and cognitive deficits in adulthood: implications for schizophrenia. Neuropharmacology 90:33-41.

2014
Haim A, Sherer M, Leuner B (2014) Gestational stress induces persistent depressive-like behavior and structural modifications within the postpartum nucleus accumbens. Eur J Neurosci 40:3766-3773.

Galea LA, Leuner B, Slattery DA (2014) Hippocampal plasticity during the peripartum period: Influence of sex steroids, stress and ageing. J Neuroendocrinol 26:641-648.

Sabihi S, Dong SM, Durosko NE, Leuner B (2014) Oxytocin in the medial prefrontal cortex regulates maternal care, maternal aggression and anxiety during the postpartum period. Front Behav Neurosci 8:258.

Walton JC, Aubrecht TG, Weil ZM, Leuner B, Nelson RJ (2014) Photoperiodic regulation of hippocampal neurogenesis in adult male white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Eur J Neurosci 40:2674-2679.

Sabihi S, Durosko NE, Dong SM, Leuner B (2014) Oxytocin in the prelimbic medial prefrontal cortex reduces anxiety-like behavior in female and male rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology 45:31-42.

Leuner B, Fredericks PJ, Nealer C, Albin-Brooks C (2014) Chronic gestational stress leads to depressive-like behavior and compromises medial prefrontal cortex structure and function during the postpartum period. PLoS One 9:e89912.

2013
Leuner B, Shors TJ (2013) Stress, anxiety, and dendritic spines: What are the connections? Neuroscience 251:108-119.

2012
Leuner B, Caponiti JM, Gould E (2012) Oxytocin stimulates adult neurogenesis even under conditions of stress and elevated glucocorticoids. Hippocampus 22:861-868.

2010
Leuner B, Gould E (2010) Dendritic growth in medial prefrontal cortex and cognitive flexibility are enhanced during the postpartum period. J Neurosci 30:13499-13503.

Leuner B, Glasper ER, Gould E (2010) Parenting and plasticity. Trends Neurosci 33:465-73.

Leuner B, Glasper ER, Gould E (2010) Sexual experience promotes adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus despite an initial elevation in stress hormones. PLoS One 5:e11597.

Leuner B, Gould E (2010) Structural plasticity and hippocampal function. Annu Rev Psychol 61:111-140, C1-3.

Leuner B, Shors TJ (2010) Synapse formation and memory. In: Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (Koob G, Thompson RF, LeMoal M, Eds), Elsevier.

Glasper ER, Llorens-Martín M, Leuner B, Gould E, Trejo JL (2010) Blockade of IGF-I has complex effects on structural plasticity in the hippocampus. Hippocampus 20:706-712.

2009
Leuner B, Glasper ER, Gould E (2009) Thymidine analog methods for studies of adult neurogenesis are not equally sensitive. J Comp Neurol 517:123-133.

2008
Glasper ER, Leuner B, Gould E (2008) Adult neurogenesis finds its niche. Nat Neurosci 11:731.

2007
Leuner B, Mirescu C, Noiman L, Gould E (2007) Maternal experience inhibits the production of immature neurons in the hippocampus during the postpartum period through elevations in adrenal steroids. Hippocampus 17:434-442.

Leuner B, Kozorovitskiy Y, Gross C, Gould E (2007) Diminished adult neurogenesis in the marmoset brain precedes old age. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:17169-17173.

Leuner B, Glasper ER, Mirescu C (2007) A critical time for new neurons in the adult hippocampus. J Neurosci 27:5845-5846.

2006
Leuner B, Shors TJ (2006) Learning during motherhood: a resistance to stress. Horm Behav 50:38-51.

Leuner B, Waddell J, Gould E, Shors TJ (2006) Temporal discontiguity is neither necessary nor sufficient for learning-induced effects on adult neurogenesis. J Neurosci 26:13437-13442.

Leuner B, Gould E, Shors TJ (2006) Is there a link between adult neurogenesis and learning? Hippocampus 16:216-224.

2004
Shors TJ, Falduto J, Leuner B (2004) The opposite effects of stress on dendritic spines in male versus female rats are NMDA receptor dependent. Eur J Neurosci 19:145-150.

Leuner B, Mendolia-Loffredo S, Shors TJ (2004) High levels of estrogen enhance associative memory formation in ovariectomized females. Psychoneuroendocrinology 29:883-890.

Leuner B, Shors TJ (2004) New spines, new memories. Molec Neurobiol 29:117-130.

Leuner B, Mendolia-Loffredo S, Kozorovitskiy Y, Samburg D, Gould E, Shors TJ (2004) Learning enhances the survival of new neurons beyond the time when the hippocampus is required for memory. J Neurosci 24:7477-7481.

Leuner B, Mendolia-Loffredo S, Shors TJ (2004) Males and females respond differently to controllability and antidepressant treatment. Biol Psychiatry 56:964-970.

2003
Leuner B, Falduto J, Shors TJ (2003) Associative memory formation increases the observation of dendritic spines in the hippocampus. J Neurosci 23:659-665.

Shors TJ, Leuner B (2003) Estrogen-mediated effects on depression and memory formation in females. J Affect Disord 74:85-96.