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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704278/trace-amine-associated-receptor-1-agonists-ro5263397-and-ro5166017-attenuate-quinpirole-induced-yawning-but-not-hypothermia-in-rats
#1
Justin N Siemian, Yanan Zhang, Jun-Xu Li
Increasing evidence suggests that trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) is an important modulator of the dopaminergic system. Existing molecular evidence indicates that TAAR1 regulates dopamine levels through interactions with dopamine transporters and D2 receptors. However, investigations to date have not been exhaustive and other pathways may be involved. In this study, we used a well-described set of behaviors, quinpirole-induced yawning and hypothermia, to explore the potential interaction of TAAR1 and D3 receptors, which are members of the 'D2-like' dopamine receptor subfamily...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704277/effects-of-ceftriaxone-on-conditioned-nicotine-reward-in-rats
#2
Helene L Philogene-Khalid, Steven J Simmons, John W Muschamp, Scott M Rawls
Nicotine is the addictive compound in tobacco products which exerts psychosomatic effects that contribute to abuse and to low rates of abstinence in treatment-seeking smokers. At present, the most successful smoking cessation aide helps one in four individuals quit smoking at 1 year postcessation. New adjunctive therapies are needed to improve status of smoking-related public health crises, and β-lactam antibiotics are one class of potential therapies as they favorably augment extrasynaptic glutamate clearance...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704276/effects-of-d1-and-d2-receptor-antagonists-on-the-discriminative-stimulus-effects-of-methylendioxypyrovalerone-and-mephedrone-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats-trained-to-discriminate-d-amphetamine
#3
Eric L Harvey, Rachel L Burroughs, Lisa E Baker
Psychopharmacology research has amassed substantial evidence for similarities between synthetic cathinones and other commonly abused psychostimulants. Few studies have utilized drug discrimination methods to investigate synthetic cathinones, and the precise neurochemical substrates underlying their interoceptive effects have not been examined. The present study assessed the involvement of D1 and D2 dopaminergic receptors in the stimulus effects of 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone (MEPH) in rats trained to discriminate D-amphetamine...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704275/agonist-e-6837-and-antagonist-sb-271046-of-5-ht6-receptors-both-reverse-the-depressive-like-effect-induced-in-mice-by-subchronic-ketamine-administration
#4
José E Suárez-Santiago, Alfredo Briones-Aranda, Judith Espinosa-Raya, Ofir Picazo
Major depression is one of the most common affective disorders caused by schizophrenia. The administration of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonists, such as ketamine, can reproduce the negative and affective symptoms of this disorder in animals. Preclinical studies have shown that 5-HT6 receptor (5-HT6R) agonists and antagonists have a considerable antipsychotic response. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of an acute treatment with an agonist, E-6837, and an antagonist, SB-271046, of 5-HT6R on the immobility induced in mice by a subchronic ketamine regimen (5 days; 10 mg/kg/day, intraperitoneal)...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704274/maternal-separation-induces-long-term-effects-on-monoamines-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels-on-the-frontal-cortex-amygdala-and-hippocampus-differential-effects-after-a-stress-challenge
#5
Soledad Récamier-Carballo, Erika Estrada-Camarena, Carolina López-Rubalcava
The maternal separation (MS) paradigm is a well-known animal model that resembles the stress of early adverse life experiences and produces structural and functional abnormalities when animals are adults. The present study analyzed the effect of MS, in adult mice, on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), serotonin (5-HT), and dopamine (DA) levels, and the turnover rate in the hippocampus, frontal cortex, and amygdala, and brain regions that are associated with emotion. Also, the effects of MS in depression-like responses in adult mice were studied...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704273/anxiety-does-not-contribute-to-social-withdrawal-in-the-subchronic-phencyclidine-rat-model-of-schizophrenia
#6
Alexandre Seillier, Andrea Giuffrida
Social withdrawal should not be considered a direct measure of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia as it may result not only from asociality (primary negative symptom) but also from other altered processes such as anxiety. To understand the contribution of these two factors to social deficit, we investigated whether the social withdrawal observed in the subchronic phencyclidine (PCP) rat model of schizophrenia could be attributed to increased anxiety. Compared to saline controls, PCP-treated rats (5 mg/kg, twice daily for 7 days, followed by a washout period) spent significantly less time in social interaction, but did not show anxiety-like behaviors in different relevant behavioral paradigms...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704272/epigenetic-mechanisms-associated-with-addiction-related-behavioural-effects-of-nicotine-and-or-cocaine-implication-of-the-endocannabinoid-system
#7
Tamaki Hayase
The addictive use of nicotine (NC) and cocaine (COC) continues to be a major public health problem, and their combined use has been reported, particularly during adolescence. In neural plasticity, commonly induced by NC and COC, as well as behavioural plasticity related to the use of these two drugs, the involvement of epigenetic mechanisms, in which the reversible regulation of gene expression occurs independently of the DNA sequence, has recently been reported. Furthermore, on the basis of intense interactions with the target neurotransmitter systems, the endocannabinoid (ECB) system has been considered pivotal for eliciting the effects of NC or COC...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704271/mitigation-of-adverse-behavioral-impact-from-predator-exposure-by-the-nociceptin-orphanin-fq-peptide-antagonist-j-113397-in-rats
#8
Raymond F Genovese, Stefania Dobre
The nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptor is believed to have an integral modulatory function in the stress response system. We evaluated the highly selective NOP antagonist J-113397 (7.5 and 20.0 mg/kg), using a predator exposure in which rats were exposed to predator cats as a stressor. A single dose of J-113397 or vehicle was administered (intraperitoneally) shortly before exposure to the predators or a sham exposure. Behavioral impact was measured using elevated plus maze (EPM), open field activity (OFA), and an olfactory discrimination (OD)...
July 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692429/synthetic-cannabinoids-the-hidden-side-of-spice-drugs
#9
Nicholas Pintori, Barbara Loi, Maddalena Mereu
Spice drugs are herbal mixtures sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids designed to mimic the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana [Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-THC)] and synthesized by introducing modifications to the chemical structure of parental compounds aiming to circumvent legal regulations. Synthetic cannabinoid use/abuse can be devastating as toxicological effects and adverse reactions cannot be entirely predicted and may vary with the dose, route of administration, individual vulnerability and concomitant intake with other drugs...
July 7, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609327/fluoxetine-induces-paradoxical-effects-in-c57bl6-j-mice-comparison-with-balb-c-mice
#10
Thomas Gosselin, Anne-Marie Le Guisquet, Bruno Brizard, Caroline Hommet, Frédéric Minier, Catherine Belzung
The C57BL6/J mouse is the most commonly used strain in genetic investigations and behavioural tests. However, only a few studies have used C57BL6/J mice to assess the effects of antidepressant compounds. We carried out a study to compare the behavioural effects of fluoxetine (FLX) in a model of depression in two mice strains: C57BL6/J and BALB/c. We used an 8-week unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) protocol during which FLX was administered (15 mg/kg, oral) from the third week to the end of the protocol...
June 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590943/suppressed-play-behaviour-and-decreased-oxytocin-receptor-binding-in-the-amygdala-after-prenatal-exposure-to-low-dose-valproic-acid
#11
Freja Bertelsen, Davide Folloni, Arne Møller, Anne M Landau, Jørgen Scheel-Krüger, Michael Winterdahl
To better understand the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we investigated potential deficits in social play behaviour and oxytocin receptor (OXTR) density alterations in the amygdala in a rodent model of ASD. Pregnant rats were injected daily with 20 or 100 mg/kg valproic acid (VPA) or saline from day 12 until the end of pregnancy. The number of pinning and pouncing events was assessed at postnatal days 29-34. Brains from male offspring (n=7/group) were removed at postnatal day 50...
June 6, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590304/antinociceptive-effect-of-epicatechin-in-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
#12
Geovanna N Quiñonez-Bastidas, Jorge B Pineda-Farias, Francisco J Flores-Murrieta, Juan Rodríguez-Silverio, Juan G Reyes-García, Beatriz Godínez-Chaparro, Vinicio Granados-Soto, Héctor I Rocha-González
The aim of this study was to investigate the antinociceptive potential of (-)-epicatechin and the possible mechanisms of action involved in its antinociceptive effect. The carrageenan and formalin tests were used as inflammatory pain models. A plethysmometer was used to measure inflammation and L5/L6 spinal nerve ligation as a neuropathic pain model. Oral (-)-epicatechin reduced carrageenan-induced inflammation and nociception by about 59 and 73%, respectively, and reduced formalin- induced and nerve injury-induced nociception by about 86 and 43%, respectively...
June 5, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590303/the-immunomodulatory-tellurium-compound-ammonium-trichloro-dioxoethylene-o-o-tellurate-reduces-anxiety-like-behavior-and-corticosterone-levels-of-submissive-mice
#13
Moshe Gross, Emanuel Stanciu, Dvora Kenigsbuch-Sredni, Benjamin Sredni, Albert Pinhasov
Ammonium trichloro (dioxoethylene-O,O') tellurate (AS101) is a synthetic organotellurium compound with potent immunomodulatory and neuroprotective properties shown to inhibit the function of integrin αvβ3, a presynaptic cell-surface-adhesion receptor. As partial deletion of αvβ3 downregulated reuptake of serotonin by the serotonin transporter, we hypothesized that AS101 may influence pathways regulating anxiety. AS101 was tested in the modulation of anxiety-like behavior using the selectively bred Submissive (Sub) mouse strain that develop anxiety-like behavior in response to an i...
June 5, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574870/dietary-supplementation-with-fish-oil-prevents-high-fat-diet-induced-enhancement-of-sensitivity-to-the-behavioral-effects-of-quinpirole
#14
Caroline Hernandez-Casner, Jeremiah Ramos, Katherine M Serafine
Eating a diet high in fat can lead to negative health consequences, including obesity and insulin resistance. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as those found in fish oil) prevent high fat diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance in rats. Eating a high fat diet also enhances sensitivity of rats to the behavioral effects of drugs that act on dopamine systems (e.g. quinpirole, a dopamine D2/D3 receptor agonist). To test the hypothesis that dietary supplementation with fish oil prevents high fat diet-induced enhanced sensitivity to the behavioral effects of quinpirole (0...
June 1, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570298/the-effect-of-litter-separation-on-methamphetamine-conditioned-place-preference-in-post-partum-dams
#15
Candace R Lewis, Allison N Baker, Paulette Fennig, Phoebe Conrad, Lyndsay Hess, Ryan M Bastle, M Foster Olive
Methamphetamine (METH) abuse among women has recently increased to levels comparable to those observed in men. Although studies using animal models of addiction have begun to include more female subjects, examination of the effects of drugs of abuse on post-partum females is currently lacking. This is especially important in light of the significant hormonal and neurobiological changes that accompany pregnancy and rearing experiences. Furthermore, stress in a known factor in addiction vulnerability and the post-partum experience in the clinical population can be highly stressful...
May 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570297/reinforcing-effects-of-abused-bath-salts-constituents-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-and-%C3%AE-pyrrolidinopentiophenone-and-their-enantiomers
#16
Brenda M Gannon, Kenner C Rice, Gregory T Collins
Synthetic cathinones found in abused 'bath salts' preparations are chiral molecules. Racemic 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP) are two common constituents of these preparations that have been reported to be highly effective reinforcers; however, the relative contribution of each enantiomer toward these effects has not been determined. Thus, male Sprague-Dawley rats were trained to respond for racemic MDPV or α-PVP (n=9/drug), with full dose-response curves for the racemate and the S and R enantiomers of MDPV and α-PVP generated under a progressive ratio schedule of reinforcement...
May 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562459/desipramine-rescues-emotional-memory-deficit-induced-by-low-doses-of-reserpine
#17
Yi Luo, Zhilian Li, Xiaoyan Peng, Liexin Xia, Lan Ma
Emotional memory deficit is a well-known complication in early Parkinson's disease. However, its molecular mechanism is still not well known. To address this issue, we examined the cue-related fear-conditioning task and long-term potentiation (LTP) of the thalamus to the lateral amygdala in rats treated with low doses of reserpine (Res). We found that low-dose Res treatment impaired emotional memory and LTP. We also found that exogenous upregulation of norepinephrine (NE) ameliorated the impairment of LTP by facilitating β-adrenergic receptors...
May 30, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541956/nitric-oxide-pathway-presumably-does-not-contribute-to-antianxiety-and-memory-retrieval-effects-of-losartan
#18
Iraj Aghaei, Shokouh Arjmand, Shahrokh Yousefzadeh Chabok, Mahdi Tondar, Mohammad Shabani
Nitric oxide (NO) and angiotensin (AT) receptors have demonstrated well-established interactions in various physiological phenomena. AT1 receptors can play a part in stress-induced activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; also, angiotensinergic neurotransmission plays a pivotal role in stress-evoked physiological responses. On the basis of the stress-modulating characteristics of NO, AT1, and AT2 receptors, the present study evaluated the roles of NO and AT1 receptors in the attenuation of stress-induced anxiety-like behaviors after administration of losartan, an AT1 antagonist...
May 24, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537944/behavioural-responses-of-zebrafish-larvae-to-acute-ethosuximide-exposure
#19
Yongxia Ji, Jia Lin, Xiaolan Peng, Xiuyun Liu, Fei Li, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Qiang Li
The anticonvulsant drug ethosuximide has shown diverse anxiety-related activity in rodents, but research in zebrafish is limited. To evaluate the effects of acute ethosuximide exposure on locomotor activity and anxiety-related thigmotaxis behaviours of zebrafish larvae, the activity of AB strain zebrafish larvae at 5 and 7 days postfertilization (dpf) was analysed under normal constant illumination and stressful light-dark transitions. Under constant illumination, ethosuximide at concentrations of 2, 5 and 10 mmol/l increased the distances travelled and intensified locomotor responses to a novel environment...
May 19, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537943/reinforcing-effectiveness-of-midazolam-ethanol-and-sucrose-behavioral-economic-comparison-of-a-mixture-relative-to-its-component-solutions
#20
E Andrew Townsend, Donna M Platt, James K Rowlett, Peter G Roma, Kevin B Freeman
Benzodiazepines (BZs) are relatively safe when administered alone. However, these drugs can produce severe side effects when coadministered with ethanol. Despite these adverse consequences, rates of concurrent BZ and ethanol misuse are increasing, and it is unclear whether this behavior is maintained by an enhanced reinforcing effect of the mixture. To address this issue, the current study compared the reinforcing effectiveness of sucrose solutions mixed with midazolam, ethanol, or both. Eight male rats were trained to orally self-administer solutions of either sucrose (S), sucrose+midazolam (SM), sucrose+ethanol (SE), or sucrose+midazolam+ethanol (SME)...
May 19, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
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