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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300546/cocaine-self-administration-specifically-increases-a2ar-d2r-and-d2r-sigma1r-heteroreceptor-complexes-in-the-rat-nucleus-accumbens-shell-relevance-for-cocaine-use-disorder
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Dasiel O Borroto-Escuela, Manuel Narváez, Karolina Wydra, Julia Pintsuk, Luca Pinton, Antonio Jimenez-Beristain, Michael Di Palma, Joanna Jastrzębska, Malgorzata Filip, Kjell Fuxe
Adenosine 2A receptor (A2AR) agonists were indicated to reduce cocaine reward and cocaine seeking mainly through activation of antagonistic allosteric A2AR-dopamine D2R (D2R) interactions in A2AR-D2R heteroreceptor complexes. Furthermore, it was shown that modulation of cocaine reward involves antagonistic A2AR-D2R interactions in the ventral but not the dorsal striatum in rats. In the current work the proximity ligation assay (PLA) was used to further study the A2AR-D2R heteroreceptor complexes in the nucleus accumbens shell and core as well as the dorsal striatum under the influence of cocaine self-administration in rats...
March 12, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285123/preclinical-predictors-that-the-orthosteric-mglu2-3-receptor-antagonist-ly3020371-will-not-engender-ketamine-associated-neurotoxic-motor-cognitive-subjective-or-abuse-liability-related-effects
#2
J M Witkin, J A Monn, J Li, B Johnson, D L McKinzie, X-S Wang, B A Heinz, R Li, P L Ornstein, S C Smith, C H Mitch, D O Calligaro, S Swanson, D Allen, K Phillips, G Gilmour
The novel mGlu2/3 receptor antagonist, LY3020371 has been shown to produce antidepressant-like effects comparable to that of the clinically-effective antidepressant ketamine. In the present study, we investigated whether LY3020371 would be predicted to be free of the side-effects and safety pharmacology issues associated with ketamine. In contrast to ketamine, LY3020371 produced small increases in locomotion and did not impair motor performance on an inverted. Ketamine, but not LY3020371, increased dopamine efflux in the nucleus accumbens of rats...
March 8, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283345/cystathionine-%C3%AE-synthase-derived-hydrogen-sulfide-is-required-for-amygdalar-long-term-potentiation-and-cued-fear-memory-in-rats
#3
Hai-Bo Chen, Wen-Ning Wu, Wei Wang, Xun-Hu Gu, Bin Yu, Bo Wei, Yuan-Jian Yang
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenous gaseous molecule that functions as a neuromodulator in the brain. We previously reported that H2S regulated amygdalar synaptic plasticity and cued fear memory in rats. However, whether endogenous H2S is required for amygdalar long-term potentiation (LTP) induction and cued fear memory formation remains unclear. Here, we show that cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS), the predominant H2S-producing enzyme in the brain, was highly expressed in the amygdala of rats. Suppressing CBS activity by inhibitor prevented activity-triggered generation of H2S in the lateral amygdala (LA) region...
March 8, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257849/viral-vector-strategies-for-investigating-midbrain-dopamine-circuits-underlying-motivated-behaviors
#4
REVIEW
Daniel F Cardozo Pinto, Stephan Lammel
Midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons have received significant attention in brain research because of their central role in reward processing and their dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson's disease, drug addiction, depression and schizophrenia. Until recently, it has been thought that DA neurons form a homogeneous population whose primary function is the computation of reward prediction errors. However, through the implementation of viral vector strategies, an unexpected complexity and diversity has been revealed at the anatomical, molecular and functional level...
February 28, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238857/asiaticoside-attenuation-of-rotenone-induced-oxidative-burden-in-a-rat-model-of-hemiparkinsonism-by-maintaining-the-phosphoinositide-mediated-synaptic-integrity
#5
Margabandhu Gopi, Vanisree Arambakkam Janardhanam
Asiaticoside (AS), a triterpenoid saponin isolated from the Indian medicinal herb Centella asiatica is known to exert a neuroprotective effect by attenuating the neurobehavioral, neurochemical and pathological changes in animal models. However, its potential neuroprotection in rotenone-induced hemiparkinsonism which implicates phospholipid-mediated neurotransmission remains unclear. Therefore, we have investigated the neuroprotective effects of AS in rat model of ROT-infused hemiparkinsonism with respect to phosphoinositides-assisted cytodynamics and synaptic function...
February 24, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216067/the-antidepressant-like-effects-of-biperiden-may-involve-bdnf-trkb-signaling-mediated-bicc1-expression-in-the-hippocampus-and-prefrontal-cortex-of-mice
#6
Dongsheng Zhou, Zhongmin Zhang, Lingjiang Liu, Chenli Li, Mengmeng Li, Hanjie Yu, Xiongxiong Cai, Xin Sun, Xinbei Shen, Jinting Wang, Jiacheng Geng, Chuang Wang, Yaosheng Shi
Preclinical and clinical studies suggest that neuronal muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M-AchR) antagonists have antidepressant-like properties. Despite the recent interest in bicaudal C homolog 1 gene (BICC1) as a target for the treatment of depression, the upstream signaling molecules that regulate BICC1 are unknown, and very few studies have addressed the involvement of BICC1 in the antidepressant-like effects of the selective M1-AchR inhibitor, biperiden. Growing evidence indicates that activation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)/tropomyosin-related kinase receptor B (TrkB) signaling may be involved in antidepressant-like activities...
February 17, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216068/stages-of-dysfunctional-decision-making-in-addiction
#7
REVIEW
Antonio Verdejo-Garcia, Trevor T-J Chong, Julie C Stout, Murat Yücel, Edythe D London
Drug use is a choice with immediate positive outcomes, but long-term negative consequences. Thus, the repeated use of drugs in the face of negative consequences suggests dysfunction in the cognitive mechanisms underpinning decision-making. This cognitive dysfunction can be mapped into three stages: the formation of preferences involving valuation of decision options; choice implementation including motivation, self-regulation and inhibitory processes; and feedback processing implicating reinforcement learning...
February 16, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174137/reward-loss-and-addiction-opportunities-for-cross-pollination
#8
REVIEW
Leonardo A Ortega, José L Solano, Carmen Torres, Mauricio R Papini
Paradigms used to study the response to and consequences of exposure to reward loss have been underutilized in approaches to the psychobiology of substance use disorders. We propose here that bringing these two areas into contact will help expanding our understanding of both reward loss and addictive behavior, hence opening up opportunities for cross-pollination. This review focuses on two lines of research that point to parallels. First, several neurochemical systems involved in addiction are also involved in the modulation of the behavioral effects of reward loss, including opioid, GABA, and dopamine receptors...
March 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174136/p-p-methoxyl-diphenyl-diselenide-elicits-an-antidepressant-like-effect-in-mice-without-discontinuation-anxiety-phenotype
#9
Carla Elena Sartori Oliveira, Marcel Henrique Marcondes Sari, Vanessa Angonesi Zborowski, Paulo Cesar Oliveira Araujo, Cristina Wayne Nogueira, Gilson Zeni
Major depressive disorder is the most severe and debilitating disease among psychiatric illnesses. The abrupt interruption of antidepressant treatment may lead to a complex physiological and neuropsychiatric syndrome. The organoselenium compound (MeOPhSe)2 has been reported to have neuroprotective properties in animal models. The study aimed to investigate the effects of single or repeated administration of (MeOPhSe)2 on depressive-like behavior and if the compound administration, and its discontinuation, may affect the anxiolytic-like phenotype in Swiss mice...
March 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108176/differential-housing-and-novelty-response-protection-and-risk-from-locomotor-sensitization
#10
Erik J Garcia, Tara N Haddon, Donald A Saucier, Mary E Cain
High novelty seeking increases the risk for drug experimentation and locomotor sensitization. Locomotor sensitization to psychostimulants is thought to reflect neurological adaptations that promote the transition to compulsive drug taking. Rats reared in enrichment (EC) show less locomotor sensitization when compared to rats reared in isolation (IC) or standard conditions (SC). The current research study was designed to test if novelty response contributed locomotor sensitization and more importantly, if the different housing environments could change the novelty response to protect against the development of locomotor sensitization in both adolescence and adulthood...
March 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089628/crf1-but-not-glucocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-reduce-separation-induced-distress-vocalizations-in-guinea-pig-pups-and-crf-overexpressing-mouse-pups-a-combination-study-with-paroxetine
#11
P Monika Verdouw, Joantine C J van Esterik, Bernard W M M Peeters, Mark J Millan, Lucianne Groenink
RATIONALE: Given the large number of patients that does not respond sufficiently to currently available treatment for anxiety disorders, there is a need for improved treatment. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the anxiolytic effects of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF)1 receptor antagonists and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonists in the separation-induced vocalization test in guinea pigs and transgenic mice with central CRF overexpression. Furthermore, we explored effects of these drugs when given in combination with a suboptimal dose of a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI)...
March 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087221/varenicline-provokes-impulsive-action-by-stimulating-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-the-infralimbic-cortex-in-a-nicotine-exposure-status-dependent-manner
#12
Yu Ohmura, Hitomi Sasamori, Iku Tsutsui-Kimura, Takeshi Izumi, Takayuki Yoshida, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka
Higher impulsivity is a risk factor for criminal involvement and drug addiction. Because nicotine administration enhances impulsivity, the effects of stop-smoking aids stimulating nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on impulsivity must be determined in different conditions. Our goals were 1) to confirm the relationship between varenicline, a stop-smoking aid and α4β2 nAChR partial agonist, and impulsivity, 2) to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the effects of varenicline, 3) to examine whether a low dose of varenicline that does not evoke impulsive action could block the stimulating effects of nicotine on impulsive action, 4) to determine whether the route of administration could modulate the effects of varenicline on impulsive action, and 5) to determine whether the effects of varenicline on impulsivity could be altered by smoking status...
March 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063947/food-and-drug-addictions-similarities-and-differences
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REVIEW
Peter J Rogers
This review examines the merits of 'food addiction' as an explanation of excessive eating (i.e., eating in excess of what is required to maintain a healthy body weight). It describes various apparent similarities in appetites for foods and drugs. For example, conditioned environmental cues can arouse food and drug-seeking behaviour, 'craving' is an experience reported to precede eating and drug taking, 'bingeing' is associated with both eating and drug use, and conditioned and unconditioned tolerance occurs to food and drug ingestion...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063946/the-abuse-potential-of-two-novel-synthetic-cathinones-with-modification-on-the-alpha-carbon-position-2-cyclohexyl-2-methylamino-1-phenylethanone-machp-and-2-methylamino-1-phenyloctan-1-one-maop-and-their-effects-on-dopaminergic-activity
#14
Chrislean Jun Botanas, Seong Shoon Yoon, June Bryan de la Peña, Irene Joy Dela Peña, Mikyung Kim, Taeseon Woo, Joung-Wook Seo, Choon-Gon Jang, Kyung-Tae Park, Young Hun Lee, Yong Sup Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Jae Hoon Cheong
The recreational use of synthetic cathinones has dramatically increased in recent years, which is partly due to easy accessibility and ability of synthetic cathinones to exert rewarding effects similar to cocaine and methamphetamine. Many synthetic cathinones have already been scheduled in several countries; however, novel and diverse synthetic cathinones are emerging at an unprecedented rate, often outpacing regulatory processes. Recently, designer modifications of the basic cathinone molecule are usually performed on the alpha-carbon position...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063945/calcineurin-inhibitors-improve-memory-loss-and-neuropathological-changes-in-mouse-model-of-dementia
#15
Amit Kumar, Nirmal Singh
AIM: The present study was designed to investigate the potential of Cyclosporine (CsA) and Tacrolimus, the inhibitors of calcineurin (CaN) in cognitive deficits of mice. METHODS: Streptozotocin [STZ, 3mg/kg, injected intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.)] was used to induce memory deficits in NIH mice, while aged mice separately taken served as a natural model of dementia. Morris water maze (MWM) test was employed to evaluate learning and memory of the animals. A battery of biochemical and histopathological studies was also performed...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057525/lipopolysaccharide-administration-induces-sex-dependent-behavioural-and-serotonergic-neurochemical-signatures-in-mice
#16
Jonathon Sens, Eric Schneider, Joseph Mauch, Anna Schaffstein, Sara Mohamed, Kathryn Fasoli, Joseph Saurine, Aikaterini Britzolaki, Connor Thelen, Pothitos M Pitychoutis
Challenging the innate immune machinery with the pro-inflammatory agent lipopolysaccharide (LPS) results in the development of a sickness syndrome characterized by numerous depressive-like behavioural and physiological manifestations, most of which overlap with the clinical symptoms of major depression. Although women are known to mount stronger pro-inflammatory responses during infections and being at higher risk to develop depressive disorders compared to men, the vast majority of experimental studies investigating the neurobiological effects of LPS administration have been conducted in males...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057524/involvement-of-presynaptic-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-low-propensity-of-brexpiprazole-to-induce-extrapyramidal-side-effects-in-rats
#17
Cedric Mombereau, Jørn Arnt, Arne Mørk
Previous studies have shown that partial and full 5-HT1A receptor agonists reduce antipsychotic-induced catalepsy. Consequently, some antipsychotics combining balanced efficacy between dopamine (DA) D2 antagonism or partial agonism and 5-HT1A receptor agonism have a low propensity to induce extrapyramidal side effects (EPS), as reflected by low cataleptogenic activity in rodents. In the present experiments, we attempted to explore the importance of pre- and postsynaptic 5-HT1A agonistic properties of brexpiprazole and aripiprazole in the context of neurological side-effect liabilities...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024909/dose-response-characteristics-of-intravenous-ketamine-on-dissociative-stereotypy-locomotion-sensorimotor-gating-and-nociception-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats
#18
Kennett D Radford, Thomas Y Park, Bong Hyo Lee, Sean Moran, Lisa A Osborne, Kwang H Choi
Clinicians administer subanesthetic intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions for treatment of refractory depression, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder in humans. However, ketamine is administered via the subcutaneous (SC) or intraperitoneal (IP) routes to rodents in most pre-clinical research, which may limit translational application. The present study characterized the dose-response of a subanesthetic IV ketamine bolus (2 and 5mg/kg) and 1-h infusion (5, 10, and 20mg/kg/h) on dissociative stereotypy, locomotion, sensorimotor gating, and thermal nociception in male Sprague-Dawley rats...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024908/hyp-17-a-novel-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-blocker-relieves-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
#19
Jee Youn Lee, Yoo Lim Kam, Jungae Oh, Dong Hyun Kim, Jin-Sung Choi, Hae Young Choi, Sungmin Han, Inchan Youn, Hea-Young Park Choo, Tae Young Yune
Clinical and experimental studies suggest that voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) play a key role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain and that blocking agents against these channels can be potentially therapeutic. In the current study, we investigated whether a novel compound, (-)-2-Amino-1-(4-((4-chlorophenyl)(phenyl)methyl)piperazin-1-yl)-propan-1-one(HYP-17), binds to VGSCs and evaluated its inhibitory effect on Na(+) currents of the rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) sensory neurons and its analgesic effect on inflammatory and neuropathic pain...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017641/wy-14643-a-selective-agonist-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-ameliorates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-depressive-like-behaviors-by-preventing-neuroinflammation-and-oxido-nitrosative-stress-in-mice
#20
Rongrong Yang, Peng Wang, Zhuo Chen, Wenfeng Hu, Yu Gong, Wei Zhang, Chao Huang
Depression is a common disease that afflicts one in six people at some points in life. Numerous hypotheses have been raised in past years, but the exact mechanism that can be used to explain the development of depression remains obscure. Recently, more and more attentions are being focused on neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in depression. WY-14643, an agonist of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α), has been reported to inhibit neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, and one of our previous studies have showed that WY-14643 possesses antidepressive activities...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
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