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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035921/biphasic-effects-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-on-anxiety-rapid-reversal-of-escitalopram-s-anxiogenic-effects-in-the-novelty-induced-hypophagia-test-in-mice
#1
Wouter Koek, Nathan C Mitchell, Lynette C Daws
In humans, chronic treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) decreases anxiety, unlike acute treatment, which can increase anxiety. Although this biphasic pattern is observed clinically, preclinical demonstrations are rare. In an animal model of antidepressant-induced anxiolytic effects, the novelty-induced hypophagia (NIH) test, a single administration of the SSRI citalopram reportedly elicited anxiogenic-like effects, whereas three administrations over 24 h were sufficient to produce anxiolytic-like effects...
October 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035920/the-antidepressant-like-effects-of-sinomenine-in-mice-a-behavioral-and-neurobiological-characterization
#2
Xiuqin Li, Chao Liu, Bo Jiang, Kai Chen, Wenjuan Li, Hongze Wang
Sinomenine is a bioactive alkaloid extracted from Sinomenium acutum. Here, we investigated the antidepressant effects of sinomenine in mice. The antidepressant actions of sinomenine were first examined in the forced-swim test and the tail-suspension test, and then assessed in the chronic social defeat stress (CSDS) model of depression. Changes in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling pathway after CSDS and sinomenine treatment were also investigated. A tryptophan hydroxylase inhibitor and a BDNF signaling inhibitor were also used to determine the pharmacological mechanisms of sinomenine...
October 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035919/attenuation-of-compulsive-like-behavior-by-fluvoxamine-in-a-non-induced-mouse-model-of-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#3
Swarup Mitra, Abel Bult-Ito
The current study evaluated the role of strain and compulsive trait differences in response to fluvoxamine, a common obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) drug, in two different mouse strains (BIG1 and BIG2) with a spontaneous compulsive-like phenotype. For compulsive-like nest-building behavior, dose-dependent attenuation of nesting by fluvoxamine was observed for the BIG1 compulsive-like strain during the first hour after administration. No significant differences were found for the BIG2 strain during the first hour, although a dose-dependent trend similar to that in the BIG1 strain was observed...
October 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035918/dopaminergic-mechanisms-in-periaqueductal-gray-mediated-antinociception
#4
Glaucia Tobaldini, Rafael A Reis, Natalia F Sardi, Mayla K Lazzarim, Dabna H Tomim, Marcelo M S Lima, Luana Fischer
As important as perceiving pain is the ability to modulate this perception in some contextual salient situations. The periaqueductal gray (PAG) is perhaps the most important site of endogenous pain modulation; however, little is known about dopaminergic mechanisms underlying PAG-mediated antinociception. In this study, we used a pharmacological approach to evaluate this subject. We found that µ-opioid receptor-induced antinociception (DAMGO, 0.3 μg) from PAG was blocked by the coadministration of either D1-like or D2-like dopaminergic antagonists (SCH23390, 2, 4, and 6 μg or raclopride, 2 and 4 μg, respectively) both in the tail-flick and in the mechanical paw-withdrawal test...
October 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035917/decreases-in-smoking-during-treatment-for-methamphetamine-use-disorders-preliminary-evidence
#5
Sterling McPherson, Michael Orr, Crystal Lederhos, Michael McDonell, Emily Leickly, Katherine Hirchak, Oladunni A Oluwoye, Sean M Murphy, Matthew Layton, John M Roll
Despite high rates of smoking (70-90%) and the severely negative impact of smoking on physical and mental health, only 12% of individuals receiving stimulant-use disorder treatment also receive smoking-cessation treatment. The aim of this investigation was to examine the effect of a contingency management (CM) intervention targeting methamphetamine (MA) use on cigarette smoking. Sixty-one adults with MA-use disorders who were smokers were assigned to CM or standard psychosocial treatment. Rates of smoking-negative breath samples (carbon monoxide <3 ppm) were compared between the two groups while controlling for baseline carbon monoxide level, marijuana use, MA use, and time...
October 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952976/effects-of-morphine-cp55940-mixtures-on-an-impulsive-choice-task-in-rhesus-monkeys
#6
Vanessa Minervini, Charles P France
µ-Opioid receptor agonists are commonly used to treat pain despite their adverse effects. In preclinical studies, cannabinoid receptor agonists increase the potency of opioids for producing antinociceptive but not reinforcing effects. It is unknown whether other adverse effects of these drugs, such as impairment of complex behavior, are enhanced by their co-administration. This study characterized the effects of morphine (µ-opioid receptor agonist; 0.32-5.6 mg/kg, subcutaneously) and CP55940 (CB1/CB2 cannabinoid receptor agonist; 0...
September 25, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926343/the-impact-of-stress-on-social-behavior-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#7
Shannon M Saszik, Conor M Smith
Stress has adverse effects on social behavior that is mediated by dopamine circuits in the midbrain. The purpose of this research is to examine the effect of chronic stress and dopamine signals on social behavior in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Chronic stress was induced chemically with low dosage of ethanol (0.25% for 5 days), and psychosocially with isolation (3-5 days) or overcrowding (5 days). Dopamine activity was decreased by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) exposure. Social behavior was observed by introducing one treated zebrafish to a group of four control zebrafish and measuring the nearest neighbor distance (NND)...
September 18, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914627/antinociceptive-effects-of-jwh015-in-female-and-male-rats
#8
Rebecca M Craft, Nicholas Z Greene, Alexa A Wakley
Despite greater chronic pain prevalence in females compared with males, and the analgesic potential of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) agonists, CB2 agonists have rarely been tested in females. The aim of the present study was to compare the antinociceptive effects of a CB2-preferring agonist, (2-methyl-1-propyl-1H-indol-3-yl)-1-naphthalenylmethanone (JWH015), in female and male rats against acute pain and persistent inflammatory pain. JWH015 (5-20 mg/kg, intraperitoneally) produced dose-dependent and time-dependent increases in latency to respond on the tail withdrawal and paw pressure tests that did not differ statistically between the sexes...
September 13, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902670/neuroprotective-effects-of-coenzyme-q10-on-paraquat-induced-parkinson-s-disease-in-experimental-animals
#9
Hanan Naeim Attia, Yousreya Aly Maklad
Parkinson's disease (PD) affects ∼1-2% of the elderly population. Development of a neuroprotective therapy that may be initiated early in the course of the disease to retard/prevent disease progression is highly desirable. This study aimed to investigate prophylactic treatment with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) before paraquat (PQ) exposure, a herbicide known to increase the risk for PD, to attain neuroprotection. In addition, therapeutic intervention with CoQ10 in mice already exposed to PQ (24 h) might halt ongoing neurodegeneration and behavioural deterioration...
September 11, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863004/dexamethasone-impairs-encoding-and-expression-of-aversive-conditioning-promoted-by-pentylenetetrazole
#10
Juliana Cavalli, Alexandre A Hoeller, Silvia Dal Bó, Leandro J Bertoglio, Thereza C M de Lima, Antonio P Carobrez
Behavioral and neuroendocrine responses following threatening situations promote the release of corticosterone, which is known to modulate trauma-related learning and memory process. However, it remains unknown whether the aversive learning generated by interoceptive fear conditioning is affected by glucocorticoid modulation. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the role of dexamethasone suppression in encoding and expression of pentylenetetrazole-induced olfactory fear conditioning (OFC) and in contextual second-order conditioning promoted by the conditioned odor...
August 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863003/varenicline-and-gz-793a-differentially-decrease-methamphetamine-self-administration-under-a-multiple-schedule-of-reinforcement-in-rats
#11
Megan M Kangiser, Linda P Dwoskin, Guangrong Zheng, Peter A Crooks, Dustin J Stairs
Methamphetamine is a potent psychostimulant with high abuse rates. Currently, there is no Food and Drug Administration-approved pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine addiction. Ideally, a pharmacotherapy should selectively decrease methamphetamine self-administration without affecting responding for other reinforcers. One way to test this is with the use of a multiple schedule of reinforcement, in which drug and food are available in alternating components within a session. The present study evaluated GZ-793A, a vesicular monoamine transporter-2 inhibitor, and varenicline, a partial agonist at α4β2 and full agonist at α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, for their ability to decrease methamphetamine and food self-administration using a multiple schedule of reinforcement...
August 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863002/histamine-h3-receptor-antagonists-ameliorate-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-like-behavioral-changes-caused-by-neonatal-habenula-lesion
#12
Yu-Jeong Kim, Yukiori Goto, Young-A Lee
A partial agonist and a full antagonist of the histamine H3 receptor have been suggested to have therapeutic effects on cognitive deficits in psychiatric disorders. We have previously shown that neonatal habenula lesion (NHL) induces behavioral deficits that resemble the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In this study, we examined the effects of three H3 antagonists on ADHD-like behavioral changes caused by NHL in rats. Behavioral tests and administration of the H3 receptor antagonists were performed in juvenile rats with NHL...
August 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857771/clinical-potential-of-oxytocin-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-current-issues-and-future-perspectives
#13
Seico Benner, Hidenori Yamasue
The effects of oxytocin on social cognition and behavior have recently attracted considerable attention. In particular, oxytocin has been proposed as a novel therapeutic for psychiatric disorders with social deficits such as autism spectrum disorders. This review provides a brief overview of behavioral and neural responses to oxytocin manipulations in humans and animal models. Although the differences in findings between human and animal studies should be interpreted carefully, shared behavioral phenotypes have been recognized, such as social bonding, social responses, and recognition and usage of social cues...
August 29, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799955/a-serotonergic-deficit-in-the-dorsal-periaqueductal-gray-matter-may-underpin-enhanced-panic-like-behavior-in-diabetic-rats
#14
Eder Gambeta, Caio C Sestile, Manoela V Fogaça, Francisco S Guimarães, Elisabeth A Audi, Joice M da Cunha, Hélio Zangrossi, Paula Shimene de Melo Yamashita, Janaina M Zanoveli
It is known that diabetic (DBT) animals present dysregulation on the serotonergic system in several brain areas associated with anxiety-like responses. The aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of 5-HT1A receptors on dorsal periaqueductal gray (dPAG) in the behavioral response related to panic disorder in type-1 DBT animals. For this, the escape response by electric stimulation (ES) of dPAG in DBT and normoglycemic (NGL) animals was assessed. Both NGL and DBT animals were exposed to an open-field test (OFT) 28 days after DBT confirmation...
August 9, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777104/mood-stabilizing-effects-of-rapamycin-and-its-analog-temsirolimus-relevance-to-autophagy
#15
Nirit Z Kara, Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, Grant W Anderson, Galila Agam, Haim Einat
Accumulated data support a relationship between mood disorders and cellular plasticity and resilience, some suggesting relevance to autophagy. Our previous data show that pharmacological enhancement of autophagy results in antidepressant-like effects in mice. The current study was designed to further examine the effects of autophagy enhancement on mood by testing the effects of subchronic treatment with the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors and autophagy enhancers rapamycin and temsirolimus in a model for mania and in a model for antidepressant action, respectively...
August 2, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763303/insights-into-the-potential-antidepressant-mechanisms-of-cilostazol-in-chronically-restraint-rats-impact-on-the-nrf2-pathway
#16
Sally A Abuelezz, Nevien Hendawy
Ample evidence has pointed to a close link between oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and depression. Nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) is a master regulator of cellular redox homeostasis and affects mitochondrial function. Nrf2 holds promise for depression prevention and treatment. This study aimed to investigate the potential prophylactic antidepressant effect of cilostazol and the contribution of the Nrf2 pathway toward the putative neuroprotection. The behavioral and neurochemical effects of concomitant treatment of oral cilostazol at doses of 7...
July 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763302/intramuscularly-injected-neurotropin-reduced-muscular-mechanical-hyperalgesia-induced-by-repeated-cold-stress-in-rats
#17
Teruaki Nasu, Shiori Murase, Yoshiko Takeda-Uchimura, Kazue Mizumura
An extract of rabbit skin inflamed by inoculation with the vaccinia virus, neurotropin [by intravenous, oral, and intramuscular (i.m.) administration], has been used in China and Japan for the treatment of chronic pain. In this study, we investigated the analgesic mechanism of i.m. neurotropin. Rats were exposed to repeated cold stress, and muscular mechanical hyperalgesia was evaluated by measuring the withdrawal threshold of the gastrocnemius muscle using Randall-Selitto apparatus. I.m. but not subcutaneous, neurotropin dose dependently reduced the repeated cold stress-induced muscular mechanical hyperalgesia for 3 h, but it had no effect in normal rats...
July 31, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906303/relationship-of-low-doses-of-alcohol-voluntarily-consumed-during-adolescence-and-early-adulthood-with-subsequent-behavioral-flexibility
#18
Hayley Fisher, Nicholas Bright, Mark Gallo, Alisa Pajser, Charles L Pickens
Previous alcohol use is associated with impaired decision-making and impulsivity in humans, but the relationship between alcohol use and decision-making/impulsivity is unclear. In two experiments, we determined whether chronic intermittent access to alcohol during adolescence and early adulthood would alter or be correlated with performance in a go/no-go reversal task, a devaluation task, or operant extinction. Rats received 6 weeks of chronic intermittent access to 20% alcohol or water from postnatal day 26 to 66 and then behavioral testing was initiated 1...
October 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799954/effects-of-systemic-glutamatergic-manipulations-on-conditioned-eyeblink-responses-and-hyperarousal-in-a-rabbit-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#19
Lauren B Burhans, Carrie A Smith-Bell, Bernard G Schreurs
Glutamatergic dysfunction is implicated in many neuropsychiatric conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Glutamate antagonists have shown some utility in treating PTSD symptoms, whereas glutamate agonists may facilitate cognitive behavioral therapy outcomes. We have developed an animal model of PTSD, based on conditioning of the rabbit's eyeblink response, that addresses two key features: conditioned responses (CRs) to cues associated with an aversive event and a form of conditioned hyperarousal referred to as conditioning-specific reflex modification (CRM)...
October 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704278/trace-amine-associated-receptor-1-agonists-ro5263397-and-ro5166017-attenuate-quinpirole-induced-yawning-but-not-hypothermia-in-rats
#20
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...
October 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
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