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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894930/sex-dependent-influence-of-chronic-mild-stress-cms-on-voluntary-alcohol-consumption-study-of-neurobiological-consequences
#1
Eva M Marco, Javier Antonio Ballesta, Carlos Irala, María-Donina Hernández, María Elisa Serrano, Virginia Mela, Meritxell López-Gallardo, María-Paz Viveros
Alcohol use disorder and depression are highly comorbid, and both conditions exhibit important sexual dimorphisms. Here, we aimed to investigate voluntary alcohol consumption after 6weeks of chronic mild stress (CMS) in Wistar rats - employed as an animal model of depression. Male and female rats were investigated, and changes in several molecular markers were analysed in frontal cortex (FCx) and hippocampal formation (HF). CMS induced depressive-like responses in the forced swimming test - increased immobility time - in male and female animals, without affecting anhedonia (sucrose preference test) nor motor activity (holeboard); body weight gain and food intake were diminished only among CMS males...
November 25, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883916/hydrogen-sulfide-ameliorates-learning-memory-impairment-in-app-ps1-transgenic-mice-a-novel-mechanism-mediated-by-the-activation-of-nrf2
#2
Yuangui Liu, Yuanyuan Deng, Huiyu Liu, Caixia Yin, Xiaohui Li, Qihai Gong
Beta-amyloid (Aβ) plaques and oxidative stress are associated with the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been recognized as a cytoprotectant, which improves learning memory impairment and exerts antioxidant effects in neurodegenerative disorders, including AD. The experiment was projected to explore the effects of H2S on cognitive deficits, Aβ levels and possible antioxidant mechanisms. Here, APP/PS1 transgenic mice were injected sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS, a H2S donor, 2...
November 21, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856203/intra-vta-anandamide-infusion-produces-dose-based-biphasic-effects-on-male-rat-sexual-behavior-expression
#3
Ana Canseco-Alba, Gabriela Rodríguez-Manzo
Sexual behavior is a natural reward and the mesolimbic (MSL) system is involved in the processing of its motivational component and reinforcing properties. Endocannabinoids control rewarding behaviors through the modulation of MSL system's activity. The endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA), systemically administered, produces dose-based, biphasic effects on male rat copulation, facilitating its expression at low doses in both, sexually experienced and sexually exhausted male rats. We hypothesized that AEA's sexual facilitative effects might be exerted at the MSL circuit...
November 14, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851908/n-phenylpropyl-n-substituted-piperazines-occupy-sigma-receptors-and-alter-methamphetamine-induced-hyperactivity-in-mice
#4
Dennis K Miller, Eric S Park, Susan Z Lever, John R Lever
This study examined the effect of the N-phenylpropyl-N'-substituted piperazine ligands SA4503 (3.4-dimethoxyphenethyl), YZ-067 (4-methoxyphenethyl), YZ-185 (3-methoxyphenethyl) and Nahas-3h (4-methoxybenzyl) on methamphetamine-induced hyperactivity in mice. In a previous study in rats, SA4503 increased methamphetamine-induced hyperactivity at a lower ligand dose and enhanced it at a higher dose. The other ligands have not been investigated in this assay. Presently, mice were administered sigma ligands, and specific [(125)I]E-IA-DM-PE-PIPZE and [(125)I]RTI-121 binding was measured to determine σ1 sigma receptor and dopamine transporter occupancy, respectively...
November 13, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826121/differential-effects-of-3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-methamphetamine-meta-chlorophenylpiperazine-and-scopolamine-on-behavioral-repetition-versus-variation-in-rats
#5
Rebecca A Olsen, Anne C Macaskill, David N Harper
Acute administration of drugs of abuse, such as MDMA and methamphetamine, disrupts performance on many operant tasks, for example, those used to study memory. This might occur in part because drugs make behavior, in general, more repetitive or more variable, or because they produce a more global disruption to performance. The current study explored this across two experiments by employing Neuringer's 'reinforced variability' procedure. Varied behavior was reinforced at some times during the session and repetitive behavior at other times; lights signalled the behavior required...
November 5, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794433/effects-of-concomitant-methylphenidate-and-ethanol-administration-on-working-and-reference-memory-in-rats
#6
Anthony R Sloan, Robin McGovern, Deanne M Buffalari
Recent studies have suggested that college students are heavily engaged in non-medical use of stimulant drugs prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This age group is also at high risk for alcohol use. Despite their potential co-abuse, little work has examined how these drugs interact to affect cognitive abilities. In fact, these drugs have opposing effects on working memory, which brings into question how they may interact to affect this particular behavior. The purpose of this research was to examine the concomitant effects of methylphenidate (MPH) and ethanol (EtOH) on working and reference memory...
October 26, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773848/appetite-and-weight-gain-suppression-effects-of-alcohol-depend-on-the-route-and-pattern-of-administration-in-long-evans-rats
#7
Nnamdi G Nelson, Faten A Suhaidi, Ross S DeAngelis, Nu-Chu Liang
Ethanol can be a food source but its effects on energy balance and contribution to obesity remain inconclusive. In this study, we hypothesized that the effects of ethanol on energy intake and body weight would depend on the administration dose, pattern and the blood ethanol concentration (BEC) time-course. Experiment 1 examined changes in food intake, diet preference, and body weight after saline or ethanol (1 and 3g/kg) injection (IP). Experiment 2 compared the effects in rats that received either 3g/kg/day ethanol administered all at once (EtOH_S) or 2 1...
October 20, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769904/learned-helplessness-activates-hippocampal-microglia-in-rats-a-potential-target-for-the-antidepressant-imipramine
#8
Masaaki Iwata, Hisahito Ishida, Koichi Kaneko, Yukihiko Shirayama
An accumulating body of evidence has demonstrated that inflammation is associated with the pathology of depression. We recently found that psychological stress induces inflammation in the hippocampus of the rat brain through the inflammasome, a component of the innate immune system. Microglia, the resident macrophages in the brain, play a central role in the innate immune system and express inflammasomes; thus, we hypothesized that hippocampal microglia would be key mediators in the development of depression via stress-induced inflammation...
October 18, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743829/acute-agmatine-administration-similar-to-ketamine-reverses-depressive-like-behavior-induced-by-chronic-unpredictable-stress-in-mice
#9
Vivian B Neis, Luis E B Bettio, Morgana Moretti, Priscila B Rosa, Camille M Ribeiro, Andiara E Freitas, Filipe M Gonçalves, Rodrigo B Leal, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
Agmatine is an endogenous neuromodulator that has been shown to have antidepressant-like properties. We have previously demonstrated that it can induce a rapid increase in BDNF levels after acute administration, suggesting that agmatine may be a fast-acting antidepressant. To investigate this hypothesis, the present study evaluated the effects of a single administration of agmatine in mice subjected to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS), a model of depression responsive only to chronic treatment with conventional antidepressants...
October 12, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725273/mdma-ecstasy-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-modulate-social-preference-in-rats-a-role-for-handling-and-oxytocin-receptors
#10
Linnet Ramos, Callum Hicks, Alex Caminer, Kalliu Couto, Rajeshwar Narlawar, Michael Kassiou, Iain S McGregor
In laboratory rats, peripheral administration of the neuropeptides oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) induces similar prosocial effects (i.e. increased adjacent lying) to the party drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), which are sensitive to vasopressin V1A receptor (V1AR) antagonism. Here, we employed a social preference paradigm to further compare the prosocial effects of OT, AVP and MDMA. We also investigated the possible involvement of the V1AR and oxytocin receptor (OTR) in rodent social preference...
October 7, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720801/acute-bouts-of-wheel-running-decrease-cocaine-self-administration-influence-of-exercise-output
#11
Mark A Smith, Gaylen E Fronk, Huailin Zhang, Charlotte P Magee, Andrea M Robinson
Exercise is associated with lower rates of drug use in human populations and decreases drug self-administration in laboratory animals. Most of the existing literature examining the link between exercise and drug use has focused on chronic, long-term exercise, and very few studies have examined the link between exercise output (i.e., amount of exercise) and drug self-administration. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of acute bouts of exercise on cocaine self-administration, and to determine whether these effects were dependent on exercise output and the time interval between exercise and drug self-administration...
October 5, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697555/transition-from-ethanol-induced-sensitization-to-tolerance-across-early-and-late-infancy-in-the-rat
#12
Stefania Castello, Genesis D'Aloisio, Carlos Arias, Juan Carlos Molina
Drugs of abuse, as cocaine or amphetamine, induce locomotor sensitization during infancy and adulthood of the rat. This effect during the preweanling period is observed only after a short interval of time between training and testing. We recently reported short-term locomotor sensitization induced by ethanol in pups chronically exposed to the drug during the second postnatal week of life. The present series of experiments was designed to explore the persistence of the sensitization effect across the preweanling period...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697554/efficacy-of-an-adenovirus-based-anti-cocaine-vaccine-to-reduce-cocaine-self-administration-and-reacqusition-using-a-choice-procedure-in-rhesus-macaques
#13
Suzette M Evans, Richard W Foltin, Martin J Hicks, Jonathan B Rosenberg, Bishnu P De, Kim D Janda, Stephen M Kaminsky, Ronald G Crystal
Immunopharmacotherapy offers an approach for treating cocaine abuse by specifically targeting the cocaine molecule and preventing its access to the CNS. dAd5GNE is a novel cocaine vaccine that attenuates the stimulant and the reinforcing effects of cocaine in rats. The goal of this study was to extend and validate dAd5GNE vaccine efficacy in non-human primates. Six experimentally naïve adult female rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) were trained to self-administer 0.1mg/kg/injection intravenous (i.v.) cocaine or receive candy; then 4 monkeys were administered the vaccine and 2 monkeys were administered vehicle intramuscularly, with additional vaccine boosts throughout the study...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697553/acute-buspirone-dosing-enhances-abuse-related-subjective-effects-of-oral-methamphetamine
#14
Erika Pike, William W Stoops, Craig R Rush
There is not an approved pharmacotherapy for treating methamphetamine use disorder. This study sought to determine the effects of acute buspirone treatment on the subjective and cardiovascular effects of oral methamphetamine in order to provide an initial assessment of the utility, safety, and tolerability of buspirone for managing methamphetamine use disorder. We predicted that acute buspirone administration would reduce the subjective effects of methamphetamine. We also predicted that the combination of buspirone and methamphetamine would be safe and well tolerated...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693546/an-acute-non-therapeutic-dose-of-methylphenidate-disrupts-partner-preference-in-female-rats
#15
Alexa Gomez, Alexandra N Petrucci, Lauren Dance, Jessica Morales-Valenzuela, Nicole Gibbs, Cara C Dahlhausen, Jessica R Villatoro, Russell F Frohardt, Fay A Guarraci
The present study was designed to test the effects of an acute, high dose of methylphenidate (MPH; trademarked as Ritalin) on sexual behavior in female Long-Evans rats. In Experiment 1, naturally cycling subjects in estrus were tested for partner preference 20min after receiving an i.p. injection of MPH 10mg/kg (n=8) or saline (n=7). During the partner-preference test, female subjects were given the choice to interact with a sexually active male stimulus or a sexually receptive female stimulus. Physical contact was limited by placing the stimulus animals behind a wire mesh during the no-contact phase of the test, whereas physical contact was not limited during the contact phase...
September 28, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677209/mechanical-antihypersensitivity-effect-induced-by-repeated-spinal-administrations-of-a-trpa1-antagonist-or-a-gap-junction-decoupler-in-peripheral-neuropathy
#16
Hong Wei, Hai-Yun Wu, Zuyue Chen, Ai-Niu Ma, Xiao-Fang Mao, Teng-Fei Li, Xin-Yan Li, Yong-Xiang Wang, Antti Pertovaara
Spinal transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel is associated with various pain hypersensitivity conditions. Spinally, TRPA1 is expressed by central terminals of nociceptive nerve fibers and astrocytes. Among potential endogenous agonists of TRPA1 is H2O2 generated by d-amino acid oxidase (DAAO) in astrocytes. Here we studied whether prolonged block of the spinal TRPA1 or astrocytes starting at time of injury attenuates development and/or maintenance of neuropathic hypersensitivity. Additionally, TRPA1 and DAAO mRNA were determined in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and spinal dorsal horn (SDH)...
September 24, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670094/gonadal-hormone-modulation-of-%C3%A2-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-induced-antinociception-and-metabolism-in-female-versus-male-rats
#17
R M Craft, A E Haas, J L Wiley, Z Yu, B H Clowers
The gonadal hormones testosterone (T) in adult males and estradiol (E2) in adult females have been reported to modulate behavioral effects of ∆(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This study determined whether activational effects of T and E2 are sex-specific, and whether hormones modulate production of the active metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC) and the inactive metabolite 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC (THC-COOH). Adult male and female rats were gonadectomized (GDX) and treated with nothing (0), T (10-mm Silastic capsule/100g body weight), or E2 (1-mm Silastic capsule/rat)...
September 24, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642050/effects-of-nmda-receptor-antagonists-on-probability-discounting-depend-on-the-order-of-probability-presentation
#18
Justin R Yates, Kerry A Breitenstein, Benjamin T Gunkel, Mallory N Hughes, Anthony B Johnson, Katherine K Rogers, Sara M Shape
Risky decision making can be measured using a probability-discounting procedure, in which animals choose between a small, certain reinforcer and a large, uncertain reinforcer. Recent evidence has identified glutamate as a mediator of risky decision making, as blocking the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor with MK-801 increases preference for a large, uncertain reinforcer. Because the order in which probabilities associated with the large reinforcer can modulate the effects of drugs on choice, the current study determined if NMDA receptor ligands alter probability discounting using ascending and descending schedules...
September 15, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27619636/nano-particle-delivery-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-after-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reduces-tissue-injury-and-enhances-behavioral-recovery
#19
Nia M Harris, Rodney Ritzel, Nikolas Mancini, Yuhang Jiang, Xiang Yi, Devika S Manickam, William A Banks, Alexander V Kabanov, Louise D McCullough, Rajkumar Verma
BACKGROUND: Low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are linked to delayed neurological recovery, depression, and cognitive impairment following stroke. Supplementation with BDNF reverses these effects. Unfortunately, systemically administered BDNF in its native form has minimal therapeutic value due to its poor blood brain barrier permeability and short serum half-life. In this study, a novel nano-particle polyion complex formulation of BDNF (nano-BDNF) was administered to mice after experimental ischemic stroke...
September 13, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27619637/neuroprotective-effect-of-curcumin-as-evinced-by-abrogation-of-rotenone-induced-motor-deficits-oxidative-and-mitochondrial-dysfunctions-in-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Dharmendra K Khatri, Archana R Juvekar
Curcumin, a natural polyphenolic compound extracted from rhizomes of Curcuma longa (turmeric), a plant in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) has been used worldwide and extensively in Southeast Asia. Curcumin exhibited numerous biological and pharmacological activities including potent antioxidant, cardiovascular disease, anticancer, anti-inflammatory effects and neurodegenerative disorders in cell cultures and animal models. Hence, the present study was designed in order to explore the possible neuroprotective role of curcumin against rotenone induced cognitive impairment, oxidative and mitochondrial dysfunction in mice...
September 9, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
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