Shoshana Eitan

Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience Program

Department of Psychology

Texas A&M University, USA

Assistant Professor



1997 Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science, Neurobiology

1992 M.S., Weizmann Institute of Science, Neurobiology

1990 B.A., Open University, Biology

Publications (selected)

  1. EMERY, M.A., BATES, M.L., WELLMAN, P.J. and EITAN S., 2015. Differential effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine on the responses of D2/D3 dopamine receptors. Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 284, pp. 37-41.
  2. BATES, M.L., EMERY, M.A., WELLMAN, P.J. and EITAN S., 2014. Social housing conditions influence morphine dependence and the extinction of morphine place preference in adolescent mice. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 142, pp. 283-289.
  3. BARWARTT, W., HOFFORD, R.S., EMERY, M.A., BATES, M.L.S., WELLMAN, P.J. and EITAN S., 2013. Differential effects of methadone and buprenorphine on the response of D2/D3 dopamine receptors in adolescent mice. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 132, pp. 420-426.
  4. COLE, S.L., HOFFORD, R.S., EVERT, D.J., WELLMAN, P.J. and EITAN S., 2013. Social influences on morphine conditioned place preference in adolescent mice. Addiction Biology, vol. 18, pp. 274-285.
  5. HOFFORD, R.S., WELLMAN, P.J. and EITAN, S., 2012. Morphine alters the locomotor responses of D2/D3 dopamine receptors in adolescent, but not adult, mice. Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol. 26, pp. 1355-1365.
  6. Hodgson SR, Hofford RS, Roberts KW, Wellman PJ, Eitan S, “Socially-induced morphine pseudo-sensitization in adolescent mice”, Behavioural Pharmacology. 2010, 21(2): 112-20.
  7. Escande-Beillard N, Washburn L, Zekzer D, Wu ZP, Eitan S, Ivkovic S, Lu Y, Dang H, Middleton B, Bilousova TV, Yoshimura Y, Evans CJ, Joyce S, Tian J, Kaufman DL. “Neurons Preferentially Respond to Self-MHC Class I Allele Products Regardless of Peptide Presented” Journal of Immunology 2010, 184(2): 816-23.
  8. Hodgson SR, Hofford RS, Eitan D, Wellman PJ, Eitan S, "Sex differences in affective response to opioid withdrawal during adolescence", Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2010, 24(9): 1411-7.
  9. Hodgson SR, Hofford RS, Buckman SG, Wellman PJ, Eitan S. "Morphine-induced stereotyped thigmotaxis could appear as enhanced fear and anxiety in some behavioral tests", Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2010, 24(6): 875-80.
  10. Hofford RS, Hodgson SR, Roberts KW, Bryant CD, Evans CJ, Eitan S, "Extracellular signal-regulated kinase is involved in mediating changes in elevated plus maze behavior during opioid withdrawal", Behavioural Pharmacology 2009, 20(7): 576-83.
  11. Buckman SG, Hodgson SR, Hofford RS, Eitan S, “Increased elevated plus maze open-arm time in mice during spontaneous morphine withdrawal”, Behavioural Brain Research. 2009, 197:454-456.
  12. Hodgson SR, Hofford RS, Wellman PJ, Eitan S, "Different affective response to opioid withdrawal in adolescent and adult mice", Life Sciences. 2009, 84(1-2):52-60.
  13. Hodgson SR, Hofford RS, Norris CJ, Eitan S, "Increased elevated plus maze open-arm time in mice during naloxone-precipitated morphine withdrawal", Behavioural Pharmacology. 2008, 19(8):805-11.
  14. Bryant CD, Eitan S, Sinchak K, Fanselow MS, Evans CJ, “ NMDA Receptor Antagonism Disrupts the Development of Morphine Analgesic Tolerance in Male, but not Female C57BL/6J Mice”. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2006; 291(2):R315-26.
  15. Lutfy K, Eitan S, Yang YC, Walwyn W, Kieffer BL, Takeshima H, Carroll FI, Maidment NT, Evans CJ., “Buprenorphine-induced antinociception is mediated by mu opioid receptors and compromised by concomitant activation of ORL-1 receptors”, The Journal of Neuroscience. 2003; 23(32): 10331-7.
  16. Eitan S, Bryant CD, Saliminejad N, Yang YC, Vodjani E, Keith Jr. D, R Polakiewicz R, Evans CJ., “Brain region-specific mechanisms for acute morphine-induced mitogen activated protein kinase modulation and distinct patterns of activation during analgesic tolerance and locomotor sensitization”. The Journal of Neuroscience. 2003; 23(23): 8360-9.
  17. Li Y, Eitan S, Wu J, Evans CJ, Kieffer B, Sun X, Polakiewicz RD., “Morphine induces desensitization of insulin receptor signaling”. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 2003; 23(17): 6255-66.
  18. Monsonego A, Mizrahi T, Eitan S, Moalem G, Bardos H, Adany R, Schwartz M., “Factor XIIIa as a nerve-associated transglutaminase”, The FASEB Journal. 1998; 12(12): 1163-71.
  19. Monsonego A, Mizrahi T, Friedmann I, Eitan S, Shani Y, Schwartz M, “The blood coagulation factor XIIIa and regeneration of the nervous system”, Journal of Neurochemistry; 1997, 69: S117-S117.
  20. Schwartz M, Hirschberg DL, Yoles E, Solomon A, Belkin M, Eitan S, Lavie V, FaberElman A, Beserman P, Spiegler O, “Optic nerve disease and injury: Prospects for induction of regeneration”, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, 1996; 15(2): 569-582 .
  21. Eizenberg O, Kaplitt MG, Eitan S, Pfaff DW, Hirschberg DL, Schwartz M, “Linear dimeric interleukin-2 obtained by the use of a defective herpes simplex viral vector: conformation-activity relationship”, Brain research. Molecular Brain Research. 1994; 26(1-2): 156-62.
  22. Eitan S, Solomon A, Lavie V, Yoles E, Hirschberg DL, Belkin M, Schwartz M, “Recovery of visual response of injured adult rat optic nerves treated with transglutaminase”, Science. 1994; 264(5166): 1764-8.
  23. Schwartz M, Sivron T, Eitan S, Hirschberg DL, Lotan M, Elman-Faber A., “Cytokines and cytokine-related substances regulating glial cell response to injury of the central nervous system”, Progress in Brain Research .1994; 103: 331-41.
  24. Sivron T, Eitan S, Schreyer DJ, Schwartz M., “Astrocytes play a major role in the control of neuronal proliferation in vitro”, Brain Research. 1993; 629(2): 199-208.
  25. Eitan S, Schwartz M., “A transglutaminase that converts interleukin-2 into a factor cytotoxic to oligodendrocytes”, Science. 1993; 261(5117): 106-8.
  26. Eitan S, Zisling R, Cohen A, Belkin M, Hirschberg DL, Lotan M, Schwartz M., “Identification of an interleukin 2-like substance as a factor cytotoxic to oligodendrocytes and associated with central nervous system regeneration”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS). 1992; 89(12): 5442-6.