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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224969/aberrant-development-of-the-asymmetry-between-hemispheric-brain-white-matter-networks-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#1
Long Wei, Suyu Zhong, Shengdong Nie, Gaolang Gong
Atypical brain asymmetry/lateralization has long been hypothesized for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and this model has been repeatedly supported by various neuroimaging studies. Recently, hemispheric network topologies have been found to be asymmetric, thereby providing a new avenue for investigating brain asymmetries under various conditions. To date, however, how network topological asymmetries are altered in ASD remains largely unexplored. To clarify this, the present study included ASD individuals from the newly released Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange II database (58 right-handed male ASD individuals aged 5 to 26 years and 70 age- and IQ-matched typically developing (TD) individuals)...
December 7, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224968/adjunctive-treatment-with-brexpiprazole-and-escitalopram-reduces-behavioral-stress-responses-and-increase-hypothalamic-npy-immunoreactivity-in-a-rat-model-of-ptsd-like-symptoms
#2
Hagit Cohen, Joseph Zohar, Zeev Kaplan, Jørn Arnt
The study explored effects of brexpiprazole (partial D2/5-HT1A agonist, 5-HT2A and α1B/2C-adrenoceptor antagonist) in rats exposed to predator scent stress (PSS), a proposed model of PTSD-like phenotype. Brexpiprazole (3.0mg/kg, PO), escitalopram (5.0mg/kg, IP) and their combination were administered twice daily for 14 days, starting 14 days after exposure to PSS or sham-PSS, shortly after a situational stress reminder. One day after last treatment behavioral responsivity was assessed. Brexpiprazole+escitalopram-treated rats spent more time in open arms, entered open arms more often and exhibited a lower anxiety index in the elevated plus maze than vehicle-treated, PSS-exposed rats...
December 7, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223496/multi-modal-imaging-investigation-of-anterior-cingulate-cortex-cytoarchitecture-in-neurodevelopment
#3
Natalie J Forde, Jilly Naaijen, David J Lythgoe, Sophie E A Akkermans, Thaïra J C Openneer, Andrea Dietrich, Marcel P Zwiers, Pieter J Hoekstra, Jan K Buitelaar
Multi-modal imaging may improve our understanding of the relationship between cortical morphology and cytoarchitecture. To this end we integrated the analyses of several magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) metrics within the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). Considering the ACCs role in neurodevelopmental disorders, we also investigated the association between neuropsychiatric symptoms and the various metrics. T1 and diffusion-weighted MRI and 1H-MRS (ACC voxel) data along with phenotypic information were acquired from children (8-12 years) with various neurodevelopmental disorders (n=95) and healthy controls (n=50)...
December 6, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191428/monoamine-and-neuroendocrine-gene-sets-associate-with-frustration-based-aggression-in-a-gender-specific-manner
#4
Marjolein M J van Donkelaar, Martine Hoogman, Elena Shumskaya, Jan K Buitelaar, Janita Bralten, Barbara Franke
Investigating phenotypic heterogeneity in aggression and understanding the molecular biological basis of aggression subtypes may lead to new prevention and treatment options. In the current study, we evaluated the taxonomy of aggression and examined specific genetic mechanisms underlying aggression subtypes in healthy males and females. Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) was used to replicate a recently reported three-factor model of the Reactive Proactive Questionnaire (RPQ) in healthy adults (n=661; median age 24...
November 27, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174949/impaired-repair-of-dna-damage-is-associated-with-autistic-like-traits-in-rats-prenatally-exposed-to-valproic-acid
#5
Michela Servadio, Antonia Manduca, Francesca Melancia, Loris Leboffe, Sara Schiavi, Patrizia Campolongo, Maura Palmery, Paolo Ascenzi, Alessandra di Masi, Viviana Trezza
Prenatal exposure to the antiepileptic and mood stabilizer valproic acid (VPA) is an environmental risk factor for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), although recent epidemiological studies show that the public awareness of this association is still limited. Based on the clinical findings, prenatal VPA exposure in rodents is a widely used preclinical model of ASD. However, there is limited information about the precise biochemical mechanisms underlying the link between ASD and VPA. Here, we tested the effects of increasing doses of VPA on behavioral features resembling core and secondary symptoms of ASD in rats...
November 23, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174948/divergent-prefrontal-dopaminergic-mechanisms-mediate-drug-and-fear-associated-cue-extinction-during-adolescence-versus-adulthood
#6
REVIEW
Isabel C Zbukvic, Jee Hyun Kim
Cue-associated learning is vital to guiding behaviour for survival. Adolescence represents a key developmental stage for perturbations in cue-related learning, including a characteristic deficit in cue extinction learning. The present review summarizes evidence from animal and human literature that cue extinction is critically mediated by prefrontal dopamine, a system that undergoes dramatic reorganization during adolescence. We propose that extinction learning and memory is governed by a developmentally dynamic balance of dopamine receptors in the prefrontal cortex, which changes across adolescence into adulthood...
November 23, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174947/rbfox1-encoding-a-splicing-regulator-is-a-candidate-gene-for-aggressive-behavior
#7
Noèlia Fernàndez-Castillo, Gabriela Gan, Marjolein M J van Donkelaar, Mariliis Vaht, Heike Weber, Wolfgang Retz, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Barbara Franke, Jaanus Harro, Andreas Reif, Stephen V Faraone, Bru Cormand
The RBFOX1 gene (or A2BP1) encodes a splicing factor important for neuronal development that has been related to autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental phenotypes. Evidence from complementary sources suggests that this gene contributes to aggressive behavior. Suggestive associations with RBFOX1 have been identified in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of anger, conduct disorder, and aggressive behavior. Nominal association signals in RBFOX1 were also found in an epigenome-wide association study (EWAS) of aggressive behavior...
November 23, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174946/fluoxetine-not-donepezil-reverses-anhedonia-cognitive-dysfunctions-and-hippocampal-proteome-changes-during-repeated-social-defeat-exposure
#8
M G Gottschalk, P Mortas, M Haman, S Ozcan, B Biemans, S Bahn
While anhedonia is considered a core symptom of major depressive disorder (MDD), less attention has been paid to cognitive dysfunctions. We evaluated the behavioural and molecular effects of a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI, fluoxetine) and an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI, donepezil) on emotional-cognitive endophenotypes of depression and the hippocampal proteome. A chronic social defeat (SD) procedure was followed up by "reminder" sessions of direct and indirect SD. Anhedonia-related behaviour was assessed longitudinally by intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS)...
November 23, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174864/a-multi-centre-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-of-methylphenidate-in-the-initial-treatment-of-acute-mania-memap-study
#9
Ulrich Hegerl, Roland Mergl, Christian Sander, Jens Dietzel, Istvan Bitter, Koen Demyttenaere, Ricardo Gusmão, Ana Gonzalez-Pinto Arrillaga, Iñaki Zorrilla, Adriana García Alocén, Victor Perez Sola, Eduard Vieta, Georg Juckel, Ulrich S Zimmermann, Michael Bauer, Pascal Sienaert, Sónia Quintão, Marc-Andreas Edel, Csilla Bolyos, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Pilar López-García, Michael Kluge
Based on many clinical and preclinical findings the 'vigilance regulation model of mania' postulates that an unstable regulation of wakefulness is a pathogenetic factor in both mania and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and induces hyperactivity and sensation seeking as an autoregulatory attempt to stabilize wakefulness. Accordingly, stimulant medications with their vigilance stabilizing properties could have rapid antimanic effects similar to their beneficial effects in ADHD. The MEMAP study - a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized clinical trial (RCT) - assessed the antimanic efficacy and safety of a 2...
November 22, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174863/adolescent-environmental-enrichment-prevents-the-emergence-of-schizophrenia-like-abnormalities-in-a-neurodevelopmental-model-of-schizophrenia
#10
Ewelina Bator, Joachim Latusz, Krzysztof Wędzony, Marzena Maćkowiak
In the present study, we investigated whether exposure to an enriched environment (EE) during adolescence might affect the behavioural dysfunction (sensorimotor gating deficit, memory and social interaction impairments) and neurochemical changes (GAD67 expression, histone methylation) induced by methylazoxymethanol (MAM) in the MAM-E17 rat model of schizophrenia. EE was introduced for 7 days in early adolescence (days 23-29), and behavioural and biochemical studies were performed on adult rats at postnatal day 70...
November 22, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174531/can-we-increase-speed-and-efficacy-of-antidepressant-treatments-part-i-general-aspects-and-monoamine-based-strategies
#11
REVIEW
Francesc Artigas, Analia Bortolozzi, Pau Celada
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a severe psychiatric syndrome with high prevalence and socioeconomic impact. Current antidepressant treatments are based on the blockade of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) and/or noradrenaline transporters. These drugs show slow onset of clinical action and limited efficacy, partly due to the activation of physiological negative feed-back mechanisms operating through autoreceptors (5-HT1A, 5-HT1B, α2-adrenoceptors) and postsynaptic receptors (e.g., 5-HT3). As a result, clinically-relevant doses of reuptake inhibitors increase extracellular (active) 5-HT concentrations in the midbrain raphe nuclei but not in forebrain, as indicated by rodent microdialysis studies and by PET-scan studies in primate/human brain...
November 21, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174530/increased-cortical-neuronal-responses-to-nmda-and-improved-attentional-set-shifting-performance-in-rats-following-prebiotic-b-gos%C3%A2-ingestion
#12
Benjamin Gronier, Helene M Savignac, Mathieu Di Miceli, Sherif M Idriss, George Tzortzis, Daniel Anthony, Philip W J Burnet
We have previously shown that prebiotics (dietary fibres that augment the growth of indigenous beneficial gut bacteria) such as Bimuno™ galacto-oligosaccharides (B-GOS®), increased N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor levels in the rat brain. The current investigation examined the functional correlates of these changes in B-GOS®-fed rats by measuring cortical neuronal responses to NMDA using in vivo NMDA micro-iontophoresis electrophysiology, and performance in the attentional set-shifting task. Adult male rats were supplemented with B-GOS® in the drinking water 3 weeks prior to in vivo iontophoresis or behavioural testing...
November 21, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174529/adjunctive-azapirone-for-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
#13
Wei Zheng, Xiao-Hong Li, Dong-Bin Cai, Xin-Hu Yang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Yu-Ping Ning, Yu-Tao Xiang
Azapirones, which are serotonin1A (5-HT1A) receptor partial agonists, have been used as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia with mixed results. This is a meta-analysis of the efficacy and tolerability of azapirones for schizophrenia based on randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (RCTs). English and Chinese databases were systematically and independently searched by two investigators. Data were extracted and analyzed using the RevMan software (version 5.3). Seven RCTs (n = 368) of azapirones (buspirone in 6 RCTs and tandospirone in 1 RCT) were identified and analyzed...
November 21, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169826/striatal-structure-and-its-association-with-n-acetylaspartate-and-glutamate-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#14
Jilly Naaijen, Marcel P Zwiers, Natalie J Forde, Steven Cr Williams, Sarah Durston, Daniel Brandeis, Jeffrey C Glennon, The Tactics Consortium, Barbara Franke, David J Lythgoe, Jan K Buitelaar
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are often comorbid and are associated with changes in striatal volumes and N-Acetylaspartate (NAA) and glutamate levels. Here, we investigated the relation between dorsal striatal volume and NAA and glutamate levels. We additionally compared striatal volume and shape between ASD, OCD and controls. T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images, proton spectra (1H-MRS) in the left striatum, and phenotypic information were collected from 54 children with ASD, 32 with OCD, and 56 controls (aged 8-13 years) in a four-site study...
November 20, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169825/nitric-oxide-cgmp-pkg-signaling-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-modulates-the-cardiovascular-responses-to-stress-in-male-rats
#15
Lucas Barretto-de-Souza, Mariane B Adami, Leandro A Oliveira, Lucas Gomes-de-Souza, Josiane O Duarte, Jeferson Almeida, Carlos C Crestani
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) constitutes an important component of neural substrates of physiological and behavioral responses to aversive stimuli, and it has been implicated on cardiovascular responses evoked by stress. Nevertheless, the local neurochemical mechanisms involved in BNST control of cardiovascular responses during aversive threats are still poorly understood. Thus, the aim of the present study was to assess the involvement of activation in the BNST of the neuronal isoform of the enzyme nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), as well as of signaling mechanisms related to nitric oxide effects such as soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) and protein kinase G (PKG) on cardiovascular responses induced by an acute session of restraint stress in male rats...
November 20, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157796/neuropeptide-s-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-mediates-an-adaptive-behavioral-stress-response-in-a-rat-model-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-by-increasing-the-expression-of-bdnf-and-the-neuropeptide-yy1-receptor
#16
Cohen Hagit, Vainer Ella, Zeev Kaplan, Zohar Joseph, Mathé A Aleksander
Neuropeptide S (NPS) is a regulatory peptide that has anxiolytic and arousal-promoting effects in rodents. We used an animal model of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to assess long-term behavioral effects of a single dose of NPS, microinjected into the basolateral amygdala (BLA) 1h following exposure to predator-scent stress (PSS). To elucidate the molecular mechanism by which NPS attenuates behavioral stress responses, expression levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY), NPY-Y1 receptor (NPY-Y1R), and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) were evaluated in the hippocampus...
November 17, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153928/enhancing-excitability-of-dopamine-neurons-promotes-motivational-behaviour-through-increased-action-initiation
#17
Linde Boekhoudt, Ellen C Wijbrans, Jodie H K Man, Mieneke C M Luijendijk, Johannes W de Jong, Geoffrey van der Plasse, Louk J M J Vanderschuren, Roger A H Adan
Motivational deficits are a key symptom in multiple psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia and addiction. A likely neural substrate for these motivational deficits is the brain dopamine (DA) system. In particular, DA signalling in the nucleus accumbens, which originates from DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), has been identified as a crucial substrate for effort-related and activational aspects of motivation. Unravelling how VTA DA neuronal activity relates to motivational behaviours is required to understand how motivational deficits in psychiatry can be specifically targeted...
November 16, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153927/1hz-rtms-of-the-right-orbitofrontal-cortex-for-major-depression-safety-tolerability-and-clinical-outcomes
#18
Kfir Feffer, Peter Fettes, Peter Giacobbe, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Daniel M Blumberger, Jonathan Downar
Conventional rTMS in major depressive disorder (MDD) targets the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). However, many patients do not respond to DLPFC-rTMS. Recent evidence suggests that the right lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) plays a key role in 'non-reward' functions and shows hyperconnectivity in MDD. OFC-rTMS has been used successfully in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and achieved remission in an MDD case nonresponsive to DLPFC- and DMPFC-rTMS. Here, we assess the safety and tolerability of right OFC-rTMS, and examine the effectiveness of inhibitory right OFC-rTMS in MDD, particularly among patients with previous nonresponse to DMPFC-rTMS...
November 16, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153926/pharmacokinetics-of-risperidone-in-different-application-forms-comparing-long-acting-injectable-and-oral-formulations
#19
Georgios Schoretsanitis, Jose de Leon, Ekkehard Haen, Benedikt Stegmann, Christoph Hiemke, Gerhard Gründer, Michael Paulzen
We aimed to explore the differences in the pharmacokinetics of risperidone between oral and long-acting injectable (LAI) formulations using a large database of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM). Plasma concentrations of risperidone (RIS), its active metabolite (9-OH-RIS) and the active moiety (AM) (RIS+9-OH-RIS), their concentration-to-dose (C/D) ratios and ratio of RIS/9-OH-RIS (an index of CYP2D6 metabolic activity) were used to compare patients receiving risperidone orally (n = 851) and those treated with LAI RIS (n = 63)...
November 16, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132831/association-between-increased-eeg-signal-complexity-and-cannabis-dependence
#20
Vincent Laprevote, Laura Bon, Julien Krieg, Thomas Schwitzer, Stéphanie Bourion-Bedes, Louis Maillard, Raymund Schwan
Both acute and regular cannabis use affects the functioning of the brain. While several studies have demonstrated that regular cannabis use can impair the capacity to synchronize neural assemblies during specific tasks, less is known about spontaneous brain activity. This can be explored by measuring EEG complexity, which reflects the spontaneous variability of human brain activity. A recent study has shown that acute cannabis use can affect that complexity. Since the characteristics of cannabis use can affect the impact on brain functioning, this study sets out to measure EEG complexity in regular cannabis users with or without dependence, in comparison with healthy controls...
November 10, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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