Brain monoamines and antidepressant-like responses in MRL/MpJ versus C57BL/6J mice

Department of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Neuropharmacology (Impact Factor: 4.82). 12/2012; 67. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2012.11.027
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