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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609327/fluoxetine-induces-paradoxical-effects-in-c57bl6-j-mice-comparison-with-balb-c-mice
#1
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/28598863/characterization-of-the-discriminative-stimulus-effects-of-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats
#2
Michael D Berquist, Lisa E Baker
Recreational use of 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in the early 2000s prompted numerous scientific investigations of its behavioral and neurochemical effects. The purpose of this study was to further characterize the interoceptive stimulus effects of MDPV using a validated in-vivo drug-detection assay. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were trained to discriminate 0.3 mg/kg MDPV from saline under a fixed ratio 20 (FR 20) schedule of food reinforcement. After stimulus control was established with MDPV (∼35 training sessions), substitution tests were commenced with drugs from several chemical classes, including drugs with predominantly dopaminergic actions [MDPV, D-amphetamine, (+)-methamphetamine, (-)-cocaine], drugs with predominantly serotonergic actions [(+)-lysergic acid diethylamide, (+)-fenfluramine], and drugs with both serotonergic and dopaminergic actions (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, 4-methylmethcathinone)...
June 8, 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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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/28537942/locomotor-and-discriminative-stimulus-effects-of-four-novel-hallucinogens-in-rodents
#10
Michael B Gatch, Sean B Dolan, Michael J Forster
There has been increasing use of novel synthetic hallucinogenic compounds, 2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine hydrochloride (25B-NBOMe), 2-(4-chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine hydrochloride (25C-NBOMe), 2-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine hydrochloride (25I-NBOMe), and N,N-diallyl-5-methoxy tryptamine (5-MeO-DALT), which have been associated with severe toxicities. These four compounds were tested for discriminative stimulus effects similar to a prototypical hallucinogen (-)-2,5-dimethoxy-4-methylamphetamine (DOM) and the entactogen (±)-3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)...
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418943/loss-of-control-over-alcohol-seeking-in-rats-depends-on-individual-vulnerability-and-duration-of-alcohol-consumption-experience
#14
Marcia Spoelder, Sylvana Pol, Boris S G Janssen, Annemarie M Baars, Louk J M J Vanderschuren, Heidi M B Lesscher
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is characterized by excessive alcohol use and persistent alcohol seeking despite knowledge of its negative consequences. Importantly, AUD typically develops after chronic excessive alcohol use in a subgroup of individuals who drink alcohol, suggesting that AUD results from an interaction between individual vulnerability and prolonged alcohol exposure. The present study assessed the contribution of prolonged exposure to alcohol and individual levels of alcohol intake to the development of loss of control over alcohol seeking in a conditioned suppression model...
April 17, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418942/response-rate-decreasing-effects-of-naloxone-during-chronic-sucrose-availability
#15
Cindy Kroll, Bradford D Fischer
Studies in animal models suggest that sugar deprivation following excessive intake elicits some opioid-like withdrawal signs. In the present study, opioid-like effects of excessive sucrose intake were further characterized in C57BL/6 mice by comparing the effects of the opioid antagonist naloxone on food-reinforced responding before and during sucrose availability and, in parallel experiments, following chronic morphine administration. Results show that naloxone produced time-dependent and dose-dependent decreases in operant response rates after 4 weeks of excessive sucrose consumption, and that these effects were comparable with those produced by chronic morphine injections...
April 17, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418941/prenatal-fluoxetine-modifies-the-behavioral-and-hormonal-responses-to-stress-in-male-mice-role-for-glucocorticoid-insensitivity
#16
Ronit Avitsur
Women with major depressive disorder during pregnancy often use selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) antidepressants. These drugs readily cross the placental barrier and impact the developing fetal brain. Recently, we reported that prenatal fluoxetine (FLX), an SSRI antidepressant drug, altered corticosterone and behavioral responses to stress in female mouse offspring. The present study assessed the effects of prenatal FLX on these responses in males. The results showed that prenatal FLX significantly augmented the corticosterone response to acute stress in young prepubescent mice...
April 17, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410266/2-3-5-4-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-prevention-of-lipopolysaccharide-induced-depressive-like-behaviors-in-mice-involves-neuroinflammation-and-oxido-nitrosative-stress-inhibition
#17
Zhuo Chen, Chao Huang, Haiyan He, Wenbin Ding
Although numerous hypotheses have been raised in recent years, the exact mechanisms that promote the development of major depression are largely unknown. Recently, strategies targeting the process of neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in depression have been attracting greater attention. 2, 3, 5, 4'-Tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-β-D-glucoside (TSG), a compound purified from a traditional Chinese herbal medicine polygonummultiflorum, has been widely reported to inhibit neuroinflammation and oxidative stress...
April 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410265/mangiferin-inhibits-hippocampal-nlrp3-inflammasome-and-exerts-antidepressant-effects-in-a-chronic-mild-stress-mice-model
#18
Changfu Cao, Meiqing Su, Feng Zhou
A growing body of evidence suggests that inflammation may contribute toward the development of major depressive disorder. Mangiferin, a glucosylxanthone from Mangifera indica, exerts a number of biological actions, including anti-inflammatory effects. Although mangiferin has potential antidepressant activity, the mechanisms of this effect remain unclear. The present study investigated the effects of mangiferin on behavioral changes and inflammatory responses induced by chronic mild stress (CMS) in mice. We found that treatment with mangiferin for 3 weeks significantly increased the body weight of mice and ameliorated CMS-induced behavioral abnormalities by increasing sucrose consumption, improving locomotor activities, and decreasing the immobility time in the forced-swimming test and tail-suspension test...
April 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145981/the-anxiolytic-like-effect-of-rutin-in-rats-involves-gabaa-receptors-in-the-basolateral-amygdala
#19
Alberto Hernandez-Leon, María E González-Trujano, Alonso Fernández-Guasti
Rutin is a bioflavonoid found in medicinal plants used to reduce anxiety. Evidence is lacking of rutin's anxiolytic-like activity, putative mechanism(s) of action, and neural sites of effects. The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is the main brain region that regulates anxiety, through GABAA/benzodiazepine (BDZ) receptors, which are modulated by flavonoids. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to investigate whether the anxiolytic-like effect of rutin involves GABAA/BDZ receptors in the BLA. Rutin was administered systemically (30-1000 mg/kg, intraperitoneal) or microinjected into the BLA (16 nmol/4 µl, intracerebral), and its effects were assessed in the elevated plus-maze and open-field tests...
June 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134661/burn-injury-decreases-the-antinociceptive-effects-of-opioids
#20
Michael A Emery, M L Shawn Bates, Paul J Wellman, Shoshana Eitan
Burn victim patients are frequently prescribed opioids at doses that are significantly higher than standard analgesic dosing guidelines, and, even despite an escalation in opioid dosing, many continue to experience pain. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the effect of burn injury on opioid antinociception. Mice were examined for their baseline pain sensitivity thresholds using the von Frey filaments test. Then, they were subjected to burn or sham injury to the dorsal surface of the hindpaw and treated orally with morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone (20 or 40 mg/kg), or saline twice daily throughout the study...
June 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
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