Using the SPECTROstar Nano for measuring the daily change of DNA, RNA and protein concentration using low volume samples in the LVis plate
Social neuroscience has recently focused on the implication of some hormones, such as Oxytocin (OT), in the regulation of mating, bounding and social activities. OT is released under circadian rhythms in the Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF) and in the Extra-Cellular Fluid (ECF) of Primates brains. In this laboratory it has been shown that OT inhalation in humans partially improves social capacities in mental disorders such as autism. This proposal will study the regulation of Central OT release and the implications of this neuro-hormone in the social behaviour of rhesus monkeys (macaca mulatta). The SPECTROstar Nano will be used for ELISAs to assess the daily variation of neuromodulators, as well as for measuring the daily change of DNA, RNA and protein concentration using low volume samples in the LVis plate.