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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344096/dissociable-effects-of-systemic-and-orbitofrontal-administration-of-adrenoceptor-antagonists-on-yohimbine-induced-motor-impulsivity
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Wendy K Adams, Michael M Barrus, Fiona D Zeeb, Paul J Cocker, James Benoit, Catharine A Winstanley
The α2-adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine, is commonly used as a pharmacological stressor. Its behavioural effects are typically attributed to elevated noradrenaline release via blockade of central, inhibitory autoreceptors. We have previously reported that yohimbine increases motor impulsivity in rats on the five-choice serial reaction time task (5CSRTT), a cognitive behavioural assessment which measures motor impulsivity and visuospatial attention. Furthermore, this effect depended on cyclic adenomonophosphate (cAMP) signalling via cAMP response element binding (CREB) protein in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC)...
March 23, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342971/a-novel-dual-glp-1-gip-receptor-agonist-alleviates-cognitive-decline-by-re-sensitizing-insulin-signaling-in-the-alzheimer-icv-stz-rat-model
#2
Lijuan Shi, Zhihua Zhang, Lin Li, Christian Hölscher
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, accompanied by memory loss and cognitive impairments, and there is no effective treatment for it at present. Since type 2 diabetes (T2DM) has been identified as a risk factor for AD, the incretins glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and glucose dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), promising antidiabetic agents for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, have been tested in models of neurodegenerative disease including AD and achieved good results...
March 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342970/not-in-one-metric-neuroticism-modulates-different-resting-state-metrics-within-distinctive-brain-regions
#3
Claudio Gentili, Ioana Alina Cristea, Emiliano Ricciardi, Nicola Vanello, Cristian Popita, Daniel David, Pietro Pietrini
INTRODUCTION: Neuroticism is a complex personality trait encompassing diverse aspects. Notably, high levels of neuroticism are related to the onset of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders. Personality traits are stable individual features; therefore, they can be expected to be associated with stable neurobiological features, including the Brain Resting State (RS) activity as measured by fMRI. Several metrics have been used to describe RS properties, yielding rather inconsistent results...
March 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341611/extinction-memory-is-facilitated-by-methylphenidate-and-regulated-by-dopamine-and-noradrenaline-receptors
#4
Cristiane R G Furini, Jonny A K Behling, Carolina G Zinn, Mara Lize Zanini, Eduardo S Assis Brasil, Luiza Doro Pereira, Ivan Izquierdo, Jociane de C Myskiw
Extinction is defined as the learned inhibition of retrieval and is the mainstay of exposure therapy, which is widely used to treat drug addiction, phobias and fear disorders. The psychostimulant, methylphenidate (MPH) is known to increase extracellular levels of noradrenaline and dopamine by blocking their reuptake and studies have demonstrated that MPH can modulate hippocampal physiology and/or functions including long-term potentiation (LTP), learning and memory. However, the influence of MPH on fear extinction memory has been insufficiently studied...
March 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341610/differential-effects-of-social-and-novelty-enrichment-on-individual-differences-in-impulsivity-and-behavioral-flexibility
#5
Maya Zhe Wang, Andrew T Marshall, Kimberly Kirkpatrick
Early life experience profoundly impacts behavior and cognitive functions in rats. The present study investigated how the presence of conspecifics and/or novel objects, could independently influence individual differences in impulsivity and behavioral flexibility. Twenty-four rats were reared in an isolated condition, an isolated condition with a novel object, a pair-housed social condition, or a pair-housed social condition with a novel object. The rats were then tested on an impulsive choice task, a behavioral flexibility task, and an impulsive action task...
March 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341609/effects-of-chronic-restraint-stress-on-the-global-dna-methylation-profile-of-rat-lung-cells-modulation-by-physical-exercise
#6
L V Toffoli, V L Volpini, L M Nascimento, W R Silva, G G Pelosi, M V Gomes
The potential of behavioral stress to affect epigenetic mechanisms of non-encephalic tissues is still underestimated. In the present study we evaluated the effects of chronic behavioral stress on the DNA methylation profile of rat lung cells. Furthermore, we evaluated the potential of physical exercise to modulate the changes evoked by behavioral stress in lung cells. Male Wistar rats were divided into four experimental groups: (1) animals submitted to chronic restraint stress (CRS) (ST group) during the period of the 67th-80th postnatal day (PND); (2) animals submitted to physical exercise (EX group) during the 53rd-79th PND; (3) animals submitted to swimming during the 53rd-79th PND and to CRS during the 67th-80th PND (EX-ST group); and (4) animals not submitted to stress or swimming protocols (CTL)...
March 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330743/temporal-dynamics-of-immediate-early-gene-expression-during-cellular-consolidation-of-spatial-memory
#7
Daniel N Barry, Sean Commins
The consolidation of newly acquired memories on a cellular level is thought to take place in the first few hours following learning. This process is dependent on de novo protein synthesis during this time, which ultimately leads to long-term structural and functional neuronal changes and the stabilisation of a memory trace. Immediate early genes (IEGs) are rapidly expressed in neurons following learning, and previous research has suggested more than one wave of IEG expression facilitates consolidation in the hours following learning...
March 19, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330742/fellow-travellers-working-memory-and-mental-time-travel-in-rodents
#8
REVIEW
Ekrem Dere, Dorothea Dere, Maria Angelica de Souza Silva, Joseph P Huston, Armin Zlomuzica
The impairment of mental time travel is a severe cognitive symptom in patients with brain lesions and a number of neuropsychiatric disorders. Whether animals are also able to mentally travel in time both forward and backward is still a matter of debate. In this regard, we have proposed a continuum of mental time travel abilities across different animal species, with humans being the species with the ability to perform most sophisticated forms of mental time travel. In this review and perspective article, we delineate a novel approach to understand the evolution, characteristics and function of human and animal mental time travel...
March 19, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322914/computer-aided-prediction-of-extent-of-motor-recovery-following-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-in-chronic-stroke
#9
Sarah Hulbert George, Mohammad Hossein Rafiei, Lynne Gauthier, Alexandra Borstad, John A Buford, Hojjat Adeli
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy) is a well-researched intervention for treatment of upper limb function. Overall, CI therapy yields clinically meaningful improvements in speed of task completion and greatly increases use of the more affected upper extremity for daily activities. However, individual improvements vary widely. It has been suggested that intrinsic feedback from somatosensation may influence motor recovery from CI therapy. To test this hypothesis, an enhanced probabilistic neural network (EPNN) prognostic computational model was developed to identify which baseline characteristics predict extent of motor recovery, as measured by the Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT)...
March 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322913/the-development-of-attachment-integrating-genes-brain-behavior-and-environment
#10
EDITORIAL
Gianluca Esposito, Peipei Setoh, Kazuyuki Shinohara, Marc H Bornstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315756/interleukin-4-is-a-participant-in-the-regulation-of-depressive-like-behavior
#11
Simone Wachholz, Alexandra Knorr, Leonie Mengert, Jennifer Plümper, Rainer Sommer, Georg Juckel, Astrid Friebe
Inflammatory immune activation has been frequently associated with the development of major depression. Microglia might serve as an important interface in this immune system-to-brain communication. Interleukin-4, the major Th2 type cytokine, might be protective against depression due to its ability to counter-regulate inflammation and to inhibit serotonin transporter activity. By using an Interferon-α mouse model, we show that a decreased IL-4 responsiveness of microglia was specifically related to the development of depressive-like behavior...
March 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315758/tat-pep-a-novel-blocker-of-pirb-enhances-the-recovery-of-cognitive-function-in-mice-after-transient-global-cerebral-ischemia
#12
Liya Li, Bin Deng, Shuang Li, Tao Jiang, Zhaoyang Xiao, Qiang Wang
Neuronal damage and axonal regeneration inhibition are the main reasons to poor functional recovery after ischemia. Nogo-A signals inhibit axon outgrowth through the PirB receptor after ischemic reperfusion injury in central nervous system. We use TAT-PEP, a novel protein which could pass through the blood brain barrier, to block the function of PirB and identify the long-term neurological and behavioral recovery after bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in mice. We observed that TAT-PEP promoted neuron survival and inhibited neuronal apoptosis...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315757/chronic-social-stress-leads-to-altered-sleep-homeostasis-in-mice
#13
Nadja Olini, Iru Rothfuchs, Damiano Azzinnari, Christopher R Pryce, Salome Kurth, Reto Huber
Disturbed sleep and altered sleep homeostasis are core features of many psychiatric disorders such as depression. Chronic uncontrollable stress is considered an important factor in the development of depression, but little is known on how chronic stress affects sleep regulation and sleep homeostasis. We therefore examined the effects of chronic social stress (CSS) on sleep regulation in mice. Adult male C57BL/6 mice were implanted for electrocortical recordings (ECoG) and underwent either a 10-day CSS protocol or control handling (CON)...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315374/glp-1-analogue-cjc-1131-prevents-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-induced-impirments-of-spatial-memory-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-rats
#14
Sheng-Xiao Zhang, Hong-Yan Cai, Xiao-Wen Ma, Li Yuan, Jun Zhang, Zhao-Jun Wang, Yu-Feng Li, Jin-Shun Qi
Although amyloid β protein (Aβ) has been recognized as one of the main pathological characteristics in the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the effective strategies against Aβ neurotoxicity are still deficient up to now. Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), a natural gut hormone, was found to be effective in modulating insulin signaling and neural protection, but short half-life limited its clinical application in AD treatment. CJC-1131, a newly designed GLP-1 analogue with very longer half-life, has shown good effectiveness in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315373/memory-for-objects-and-startle-responsivity-in-the-immediate-aftermath-of-exposure-to-the-trier-social-stress-test
#15
Nadja Herten, Dennis Pomrehn, Oliver T Wolf
Previously, we observed enhanced long-term memory for objects used (central objects) by committee members in the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) on the next day. In addition, startle responsivity was increased. However, response specificity to an odour involved in the stressful episode was lacking and recognition memory for the odour was poor. In the current experiments, immediate effects of the stressor on memory and startle responsivity were investigated. We hypothesised memory for central objects of the stressful episode and startle response specificity to an odour ambient during the TSST to be enhanced shortly after it, in contrast to the control condition (friendly TSST)...
March 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300619/brain-neurotransmitters-in-an-animal-model-with-postpartum-depressive-like-behavior
#16
Y Avraham, Y Hants, L Vorobeiv, M Premishlano, Wiessam Abu Ahmad, D Mankuta, E Galun, S Arbel-Alon
Post-Partum Depression (PPD) occurs in 15% of pregnancies and its patho-physiology is not known. We studied female BALB/c ("depressive") and C57BL/6 (control) mice as a model for PPD and assessed their behavior and correlates with brain neurotransmitters (NTs) - norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin and intermediates, during the pre-pregnancy (PREP), pregnancy (PREG) and post-Partum (PP) periods. Depressive-like behavior was evaluated by the Open Field (OFT), Tail Suspension (TST) and Forced Swim (FST) tests...
March 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288807/the-role-of-nidopallium-caudolaterale-in-the-goal-directed-behavior-of-pigeons
#17
Xinyu Liu, Hong Wan, Shan Li, Zhigang Shang, Li Shi
Avian nidopallium caudolaterale (NCL) is believed to be analogue to the mammalian prefrontal cortex (PFC), a key brain region for guiding goal-directed behavior. But the role of NCL during goal-directed behavior remains unclear. To investigate whether the pigeon NCL participate in the goal-directed behavior, we recorded single-units from the NCL of four pigeons as they performing goal-directed decision-making task in a plus-maze. During the decision-making process, the firing rates of NCL neurons significantly increased and they are associated with the choice of the upcoming movement...
March 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288806/effects-of-prenatal-exposure-to-wifi-signal-2-45ghz-on-postnatal-development-and-behavior-in-rat-influence-of-maternal-restraint
#18
Haifa Othman, Mohamed Ammari, Mohsen Sakly, Hafedh Abdelmelek
The present study was carried out to investigate the potential combined influence of maternal restraint stress (and 2.45GHz WiFi signal exposure on postnatal development and behavior in the offspring of exposed rats. 24 pregnant albino Wistar rats were randomly assigned to four groups: Control, WiFi-exposed, restrained and both WiFi-exposed and restrained groups. Each of WiFi exposure and restraint occurred 2h/day along gestation till parturition. The pups were evaluated for physical development and neuromotor maturation...
March 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286219/social-experiences-during-adolescence-affect-anxiety-like-behavior-but-not-aggressiveness-in-male-mice
#19
Neele Meyer, Julia Jenikejew, S Helene Richter, Sylvia Kaiser, Norbert Sachser
Adolescence has lately been recognized as a key developmental phase during which an individual's behavior can be shaped. In a recent study with male mice varying in the expression of the serotonin transporter, escapable adverse social experiences during adolescence led to decreased anxiety-like behavior and increased exploratory and aggressive behavior compared to throughout beneficial experiences. Since in this study some behavioral tests took place with a delay of one week after the last social experiences have been made, it was not clear whether the observed effects really reflected the consequences of the experienced different social environments...
March 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284953/specific-patterns-of-whole-brain-structural-covariance-of-the-anterior-and-posterior-hippocampus-in-young-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-carriers
#20
Eva Stening, Jonas Persson, Elias Eriksson, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Henrik Zetterberg, Hedvig Söderlund
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 has been associated with smaller hippocampal volumes in healthy aging, while findings in young adults are inconclusive. Previous studies have mostly used univariate methods, and without considering potential anterior/posterior differences. Here, we used a multivariate method, partial least squares, and assessed whole-brain structural covariance of the anterior (aHC) and posterior (pHC) hippocampus in young adults (n=97) as a function of APOE ε4 status and sex. Two significant patterns emerged: (1) specific structural covariance of the aHC with frontal regions, temporal and occipital areas in APOE ε4 women, whereas the volume of both the aHC and pHC in all other groups co-varied with frontal, parietal and cerebellar areas; and (2) opposite structural covariance of the pHC in ε4 carriers compared to the aHC in non-carriers, with the pHC of ε4 carriers covarying with parietal and frontal areas, and the aHC of ε4 non-carriers covarying with motor areas and the middle frontal gyrus...
March 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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