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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432376/mdma-does-not-alter-responses-to-the-trier-social-stress-test-in-humans
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Anya K Bershad, Melissa A Miller, Harriet de Wit
RATIONALE: ±3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") is a stimulant-psychedelic drug with unique social effects. It may dampen reactivity to negative social stimuli such as social threat and rejection. Perhaps because of these effects, MDMA has shown promise as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the effect of single doses of MDMA on responses to an acute psychosocial stressor has not been tested. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we sought to test the effects of MDMA on responses to stress in healthy adults using a public speaking task...
April 21, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429068/nicotine-deprivation-elevates-neural-representation-of-smoking-related-cues-in-object-sensitive-visual-cortex-a-proof-of-concept-study
#2
Anne Havermans, Onno C P van Schayck, Eric F P M Vuurman, Wim J Riedel, Job van den Hurk
OBJECTIVE: In the current study, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) to investigate whether tobacco addiction biases basic visual processing in favour of smoking-related images. We hypothesize that the neural representation of smoking-related stimuli in the lateral occipital complex (LOC) is elevated after a period of nicotine deprivation compared to a satiated state, but that this is not the case for object categories unrelated to smoking...
April 21, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429067/neuronal-oscillations-and-synchronicity-associated-with-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-during-resting-state-in-healthy-male-volunteers
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Robin von Rotz, Michael Kometer, Dario Dornbierer, Jürg Gertsch, M Salomé Gachet, Franz X Vollenweider, Erich Seifritz, Oliver G Bosch, Boris B Quednow
RATIONALE: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a putative neurotransmitter, a drug of abuse, an anesthetic agent, and a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. In previous electroencephalography (EEG) studies, GHB was shown to induce an electrophysiological pattern of "paradoxical EEG-behavioral dissociation" characterized by increased delta and theta oscillations usually associated with sleep during awake states. However, no detailed source localization of these alterations and no connectivity analyses have been performed yet...
April 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424834/effect-of-prior-foot-shock-stress-and-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiolic-acid-and-cannabidiol-on-anxiety-like-responding-in-the-light-dark-emergence-test-in-rats
#4
Erin M Rock, Cheryl L Limebeer, Gavin N Petrie, Lauren A Williams, Raphael Mechoulam, Linda A Parker
RATIONALE: Cannabis is commonly used by humans to relieve stress. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: Here, we evaluate the potential of intraperitoneally (i.p.) administered Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabiol (THC) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA, the precursor of cannabidiol [CBD]) to produce dose-dependent effects on anxiety-like responding in the light-dark (LD) emergence test of anxiety-like responding in rats, when administered acutely or chronically (21 days). As well, we evaluate the potential of THC, CBDA, and CBD to reduce anxiogenic responding produced by foot shock (FS) stress 24 h prior to the LD test...
April 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424833/cannabis-related-hippocampal-volumetric-abnormalities-specific-to-subregions-in-dependent-users
#5
Yann Chye, Chao Suo, Murat Yücel, Lauren den Ouden, Nadia Solowij, Valentina Lorenzetti
RATIONALE: Cannabis use is associated with neuroanatomical alterations in the hippocampus. While the hippocampus is composed of multiple subregions, their differential vulnerability to cannabis dependence remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate gray matter alteration in each of the hippocampal subregions (presubiculum, subiculum, cornu ammonis (CA) subfields CA1-4, and dentate gyrus (DG)) as associated with cannabis use and dependence...
April 19, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421257/histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-reverse-age-related-increases-in-side-effects-of-haloperidol-in-mice
#6
Janitza L Montalvo-Ortiz, Daniel W Fisher, Guadalupe Rodríguez, Deyu Fang, John G Csernansky, Hongxin Dong
BACKGROUND: Older patients can be especially susceptible to antipsychotic-induced side effects, and the pharmacodynamic mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains unclear. We hypothesized that age-related epigenetic alterations lead to decreased expression and functionality of the dopamine D2 receptor (D2R), contributing to this susceptibility. METHODS: In this study, we treated young (2-3 months old) and aged (22-24 months old) C57BL/6 mice with the D2R antagonist haloperidol (HAL) once a day for 14 days to evaluate HAL-induced motor side effects...
April 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421256/special-issue-recognizing-the-lifetime-scientific-contributions-of-athina-markou
#7
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John F Cryan, Harriet de Wit
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April 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417164/individual-differences-in-voluntary-alcohol-intake-in-rats-relationship-with-impulsivity-decision-making-and-pavlovian-conditioned-approach
#8
Marcia Spoelder, Jacques P Flores Dourojeanni, Kathy C G de Git, Annemarie M Baars, Heidi M B Lesscher, Louk J M J Vanderschuren
RATIONALE: Alcohol use disorder (AUD) has been associated with suboptimal decision making, exaggerated impulsivity, and aberrant responses to reward-paired cues, but the relationship between AUD and these behaviors is incompletely understood. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess decision making, impulsivity, and Pavlovian-conditioned approach in rats that voluntarily consume low (LD) or high (HD) amounts of alcohol. METHODS: LD and HD were tested in the rat gambling task (rGT) or the delayed reward task (DRT)...
April 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412771/drug-cue-reactivity-involves-hierarchical-instrumental-learning-evidence-from-a-biconditional-pavlovian-to-instrumental-transfer-task
#9
Lorna Hardy, Chris Mitchell, Tina Seabrooke, Lee Hogarth
RATIONALE: Drug cue reactivity plays a crucial role in addiction, yet the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. According to the binary associative account, drug stimuli retrieve an expectation of the drug outcome, which, in turn, elicits the associated drug-seeking response (S-O-R). By contrast, according to the hierarchical account, drug stimuli retrieve an expectation that the contingency between the drug-seeking response and the drug outcome is currently more effective, promoting performance of the drug-seeking response (S:R-O)...
April 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405711/effect-of-clozapine-on-ketamine-induced-deficits-in-attentional-set-shift-task-in-mice
#10
M Szlachta, P Pabian, M Kuśmider, J Solich, M Kolasa, D Żurawek, M Dziedzicka-Wasylewska, A Faron-Górecka
RATIONALE: Clozapine (CLZ) is an effective treatment for schizophrenia, producing improvements in both negative symptoms and cognitive impairments. Cognitive impairments can be modelled in animals by ketamine (KET) and assessed using the attentional set-shift task (ASST). OBJECTIVE: Our first aim was to determine whether CLZ improves cognitive function and reverses KET-induced cognitive impairments using the ASST. Our second aim was to assess dose dependency of these effects...
April 12, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401285/individual-prolactin-reactivity-modulates-response-of-nucleus-accumbens-to-erotic-stimuli-during-acute-cannabis-intoxication-an-fmri-pilot-study
#11
R Androvicova, J Horacek, J Tintera, J Hlinka, J Rydlo, D Jezova, M Balikova, T Hlozek, P Miksatkova, M Kuchar, M Roman, P Tomicek, F Tyls, M Viktorinova, T Palenicek
RATIONALE: Self-report studies indicate that cannabis could increase sexual desire in some users. We hypothesized that intoxication increases activation of brain areas responsive to visual erotica, which could be useful in the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a condition marked by a lack of sexual desire. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to assess the aphrodisiacal properties of cannabis. METHODS: We conducted an open-randomized study with 21 heterosexual casual cannabis users...
April 12, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401284/targeting-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-a-preclinical-model-of-alcohol-use-disorder
#12
Yann Pelloux, Christelle Baunez
BACKGROUND: The subthalamic nucleus (STN) has only recently been considered to have a role in reward processing. In rats, inactivation of the STN by lesion or high-frequency stimulation (HFS) decreases motivation for cocaine but increases motivation for sucrose. For ethanol, the effect of STN lesion depends on the individual's baseline intake; decreasing motivation for ethanol in rats with lower ethanol intake, while increasing motivation for ethanol in rats with higher-but still limited-ethanol intake...
April 11, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391507/interaction-of-chronic-food-restriction-and-methylphenidate-in-sensation-seeking-of-rats
#13
Aleksandr D Talishinsky, Celine Nicolas, Satoshi Ikemoto
RATIONALE: It is necessary to understand better how chronic food restriction (CFR) and psychostimulant drugs interact in motivated behavior unrelated to food or energy homeostasis. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether CFR augments methylphenidate (MPH)-potentiated responding reinforced by visual sensation (VS) and whether repeated MPH injections or prolonged CFR further augments such responses. METHODS: Before starting the following experiments, rats on a CFR diet received a limited daily ration in such a way that their body weights decreased to 85-90% of their original weights over 2 weeks...
April 8, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386699/dreamlike-effects-of-lsd-on-waking-imagery-in-humans-depend-on-serotonin-2a-receptor-activation
#14
Rainer Kraehenmann, Dan Pokorny, Leonie Vollenweider, Katrin H Preller, Thomas Pokorny, Erich Seifritz, Franz X Vollenweider
RATIONALE: Accumulating evidence indicates that the mixed serotonin and dopamine receptor agonist lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) induces an altered state of consciousness that resembles dreaming. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to test the hypotheses that LSD produces dreamlike waking imagery and that this imagery depends on 5-HT2A receptor activation and is related to subjective drug effects. METHODS: Twenty-five healthy subjects performed an audiorecorded guided mental imagery task 7 h after drug administration during three drug conditions: placebo, LSD (100 mcg orally) and LSD together with the 5-HT2A receptor antagonist ketanserin (40 mg orally)...
April 7, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386698/comparison-of-some-behavioral-effects-of-d-and-l-methamphetamine-in-adult-male-rats
#15
Justin N Siemian, Zhaoxia Xue, Bruce E Blough, Jun-Xu Li
RATIONALE: Both l- and d-methamphetamine (l- and d-MA) are more potent to release norpepinephrine (NE) than dopamine, and the selectivity is greater for l-MA than d-MA. Little is known of the in vivo pharmacology of l-MA. OBJECTIVE: This study compared the effects of l-MA and d-MA in assays of nociception, behavioral disruption, and impulsivity. METHODS: Antinociceptive effects of d- and l-MA were examined in two pain assays: the warm water tail withdrawal test for acute nociception and the von Frey test in complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-treated rats for chronic inflammatory pain...
April 6, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382543/the-role-of-beta-arrestin2-in-shaping-fmri-bold-responses-to-dopaminergic-stimulation
#16
Kristoffer Sahlholm, Giovanna D Ielacqua, Jinbin Xu, Lynne A Jones, Felix Schlegel, Robert H Mach, Markus Rudin, Aileen Schroeter
RATIONALE: The dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) couples to inhibitory Gi/o proteins and is targeted by antipsychotic and antiparkinsonian drugs. Beta-arrestin2 binds to the intracellular regions of the agonist-occupied D2R to terminate G protein activation and promote internalization, but also to initiate downstream signaling cascades which have been implicated in psychosis. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proven valuable for measuring dopamine receptor-mediated changes in neuronal activity, and might enable beta-arrestin2 function to be studied in vivo...
April 5, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382542/kk-92a-a-novel-gabab-receptor-positive-allosteric-modulator-attenuates-nicotine-self-administration-and-cue-induced-nicotine-seeking-in-rats
#17
Xia Li, Emmanuel Sturchler, Katarzyna Kaczanowska, Michael Cameron, M G Finn, Patrick Griffin, Patricia McDonald, Athina Markou
RATIONALE: GABAB receptors (GABABR) play a critical role in GABAergic neurotransmission in the brain and are thought to be one of the most promising targets for the treatment of drug addiction. GABABR positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) have shown promise as potential anti-addictive therapies, as they lack the sedative and muscle relaxant properties of full GABAB receptor agonists such as baclofen. OBJECTIVES: The present study was aimed at developing novel, selective, and potent GABABR PAMs with efficacy on abuse-related effects of nicotine...
April 5, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378204/a-schizophrenia-relevant-5-choice-serial-reaction-time-task-for-mice-assessing-broad-monitoring-distractibility-and-impulsivity
#18
Huiping Huang, Simone Guadagna, Maddalena Mereu, Mariasole Ciampoli, Giacomo Pruzzo, Theresa Ballard, Francesco Papaleo
The 5-Choice Serial Reaction Time Task (5-CSRTT) is an automated test for rodents allowing the assessment of multiple cognitive measures. Originally designed to assess cognitive deficits relevant to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it has been widely used in the investigation of neural systems of attention. In the current study, we have set up a modified version, which reduced the training phase to only 8-9 days with minimal food deprivation and without single-housing. Furthermore, based on evidence that patients with schizophrenia are more impaired in broad monitoring abilities than in sustained attention, we successfully developed a protocol replicating the Spatial Attentional Resource Allocation Task (SARAT), used in humans to assess broad monitoring...
April 5, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378203/bidirectional-regulation-over-the-development-and-expression-of-loss-of-control-over-cocaine-intake-by-the-anterior-insula
#19
Jean-Yves Rotge, Paul J Cocker, Marie-Laure Daniel, Aude Belin-Rauscent, Barry J Everitt, David Belin
RATIONALE: Increasing evidence suggests that the anterior insular cortex (AIC) plays a major role in cocaine addiction, being implicated in both impaired insight and associated decision-making and also craving and relapse. However, the nature of the involvement of the insula in the development and maintenance of cocaine addiction remains unknown, thereby limiting our understanding of its causal role in addiction. We therefore investigated whether pre- and post-training bilateral lesions of the AIC differentially influenced the development and the expression of the escalation of cocaine self-administration during extended access to the drug...
April 5, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374089/modafinil-enhances-alerting-related-brain-activity-in-attention-networks
#20
Yumiko Ikeda, Takuya Funayama, Amane Tateno, Haruhisa Fukayama, Yoshiro Okubo, Hidenori Suzuki
RATIONALE: Modafinil is a wake-promoting agent and has been reported to be effective in improving attention in patients with attentional disturbance. However, neural substrates underlying the modafinil effects on attention are not fully understood. OBJECTIVES: We employed a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study with the attention network test (ANT) task in healthy adults and examined which networks of attention are mainly affected by modafinil and which neural substrates are responsible for the drug effects...
April 3, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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