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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791789/acute-calming-effects-of-alcohol-are-associated-with-disruption-of-the-salience-network
#1
Stephanie M Gorka, K Luan Phan, Emma Childs
The mood-altering properties of alcohol are a key motivation for drinking, and people commonly report that they drink alcohol to alleviate stress or to relax. To date, the neural processes associated with the self-reported calming effects of alcohol are not well understood. Existing data imply that alcohol may target and disrupt activity within anterior insula (aINS) and amygdala-based neural networks, which are regions implicated in threat detection and anxious responding. The aims of the current study were (1) to examine the acute effect of alcohol upon functional connectivity within aINS and amygdala circuits and (2) to assess relationships between alcohol effects on functional connectivity and self-reported subjective mood...
August 9, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791757/differential-stimulus-control-of-drug-seeking-multimodal-reinstatement
#2
Seth R Batten, Joshua S Beckmann
In animal models of substance-use disorder, individuals that repeatedly self-administer drugs of abuse have long-lasting neuronal adaptations that do not occur ostensibly in control animals only exposed to natural reinforcers (e.g. food). Because any treatment for substance-use disorder will be given to individuals with drug-taking histories, adequate dissociation of the specific neurobehavioral mechanisms underlying drug reinforcement, natural reinforcement and their associated cue effects requires an experimental model that exposes individuals to both reinforcer conditions, along with their associated stimuli...
August 9, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776866/prenatal-androgen-receptor-activation-determines-adult-alcohol-and-water-drinking-in-a-sex-specific-way
#3
Sabine E Huber, Iulia Zoicas, Martin Reichel, Christiane Mühle, Christian Büttner, Arif B Ekici, Volker Eulenburg, Bernd Lenz, Johannes Kornhuber, Christian P Müller
Alcohol use disorders are major psychiatric disorders. Correlational studies in humans suggested organizational hormonal effects during embryonic development as a risk factor for adult alcohol dependence. Permanent changes can be induced by the activity of sex hormones, like testosterone. Here, we demonstrate a relationship between prenatal androgen receptor (AR)-activation and adult alcohol as well as water drinking in mice in a sex-dependent fashion. Prenatal AR inhibition using the antagonist flutamide decreased adult male alcohol consumption...
August 4, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741741/addiction-related-interactions-of-pregabalin-with-morphine-in-mice-and-humans-reinforcing-and-inhibiting-effects
#4
Elena Vashchinkina, Ossi Piippo, Olga Vekovischeva, Evgeny Krupitsky, Ruslan Ilyuk, Nikholay Neznanov, Kirill Kazankov, Igor Zaplatkin, Esa R Korpi
The gabapentinoid pregabalin is a rapid-acting anxiolytic and analgesic, possibly suitable in supervised opioid detoxification. However, clinicians have been cautious in using it because of its unknown addictive risk and rising number of mortalities after pregabalin self-medication in opioid abusers. Here, we studied interactions of pregabalin and morphine on reward functions of the dopamine system in mice and the efficacy of pregabalin on withdrawal in opioid addicts. After the treatment of mice with pregabalin and morphine, we used electrophysiology to study neuroplasticity in midbrain slices, self-administration and conditioned place preference tests to investigate the rewarding potential of pregabalin and naloxone-precipitated morphine withdrawal to evaluate opioid withdrawal symptoms...
July 25, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707389/methamphetamine-promotes-habitual-action-and-alters-the-density-of-striatal-glutamate-receptor-and-vesicular-proteins-in-dorsal-striatum
#5
Teri M Furlong, Laura H Corbit, Robert A Brown, Bernard W Balleine
Goal-directed actions are controlled by the value of the consequences they produce and so increase when what they produce is valuable and decrease when it is not. With continued invariant practice, however, goal-directed actions can become habits, controlled not by their consequences but by antecedent, reward-related states and stimuli. Here, we show that pre-exposure to methamphetamine (METH) caused abnormally rapid development of habitual control. Furthermore, these drug-induced habits differed strikingly from conventional habits; we found that they were insensitive both to changes in reward value and to the effects of negative feedback...
July 14, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703355/neuronal-representation-of-individual-heroin-choices-in-the-orbitofrontal-cortex
#6
Karine Guillem, Viridiana Brenot, Audrey Durand, Serge H Ahmed
Drug addiction is a harmful preference for drug use over and at the expense of other non-drug-related activities. We previously identified in the rat orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) a mechanism that influences individual preferences between cocaine use and an alternative action rewarded by a non-drug reward (i.e. sweet water). Here, we sought to test the generality of this mechanism to a different addictive drug, heroin. OFC neuronal activity was recorded while rats responded for heroin or the alternative non-drug reward separately or while they chose between the two...
July 13, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699704/aberrant-blood-oxygen-level-dependent-signal-oscillations-across-frequency-bands-characterize-the-alcoholic-brain
#7
Jui-Yang Hong, Eva M Müller-Oehring, Adolf Pfefferbaum, Edith V Sullivan, Dongjin Kwon, Tilman Schulte
Chronic alcoholism is associated with widespread regional differences from controls in brain activity and connectivity dynamics measured by blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signals. Identification of alcoholism-related neurofunctional power dynamics using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that relate to cognition and behavior may serve as biomarkers of alcoholism. Previously, resting-state fMRI studies examined BOLD signals at a single low-frequency (LF) bandwidth. BOLD signals, however, oscillate systematically at different frequencies and are organized in a resting brain where LF oscillation facilitates long-distance communication between regions across cortical regions, whereas high-frequency (HF) oscillation occurs in closely localized, subcortical areas...
July 12, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691248/adolescent-alcohol-exposure-decreases-frontostriatal-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-adulthood
#8
Margaret A Broadwater, Sung-Ho Lee, Yang Yu, Hongtu Zhu, Fulton T Crews, Donita L Robinson, Yen-Yu Ian Shih
Connectivity of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) matures through adolescence, coinciding with emergence of adult executive function and top-down inhibitory control over behavior. Alcohol exposure during this critical period of brain maturation may affect development of PFC and frontolimbic connectivity. Adult rats exposed to adolescent intermittent ethanol (AIE; 5 g/kg ethanol, 25 percent v/v in water, intragastrically, 2-day-on, 2-day-off, postnatal day 25-54) or water control underwent resting-state functional MRI to test the hypothesis that AIE induces persistent changes in frontolimbic functional connectivity under baseline and acute alcohol conditions (2 g/kg ethanol or saline, intraperitoneally administered during scanning)...
July 9, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682013/cocaine-and-hiv-are-independently-associated-with-neural-activation-in-response-to-gain-and-loss-valuation-during-economic-risky-choice
#9
Christina S Meade, Merideth Addicott, Andrea L Hobkirk, Sheri L Towe, Nan-Kuei Chen, Sriramkumar Sridharan, Scott A Huettel
Stimulant abuse is disproportionately common in HIV-positive persons. Both HIV and stimulants are independently associated with deficits in reward-based decision making, but their interactive and/or additive effects are poorly understood despite their prevalent co-morbidity. Here, we examined the effects of cocaine dependence and HIV infection in 69 adults who underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while completing an economic loss aversion task. We identified two neural networks that correlated with the evaluation of the favorable characteristics of the gamble (i...
July 6, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681511/a-new-generation-of-mtorc1-inhibitor-attenuates-alcohol-intake-and-reward-in-mice
#10
Nadege Morisot, Christopher J Novotny, Kevan M Shokat, Dorit Ron
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic condition associated with devastating socioeconomic consequences. Yet, pharmacotherapies to treat behavioral phenotypes such as uncontrolled heavy drinking are limited. Studies in rodents suggest that the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) plays an important role in mechanisms underlying alcohol drinking behaviors as well as alcohol seeking and relapse. These preclinical evidence suggest that mTORC1 may be a therapeutic target for the treatment of AUD. Thus, the aim of the present study was to test the potential use of newly developed mTORC1 inhibitors, RapaLink-1 and MLN0128, in preclinical mouse models of AUD...
July 6, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661034/context-induced-relapse-to-cocaine-seeking-after-punishment-imposed-abstinence-is-associated-with-activation-of-cortical-and-subcortical-brain-regions
#11
Yann Pelloux, Jennifer K Hoots, Carlo Cifani, Sweta Adhikary, Jennifer Martin, Angelica Minier-Toribio, Jennifer M Bossert, Yavin Shaham
We recently developed a rat model of context-induced relapse to alcohol seeking after punishment-imposed abstinence to mimic relapse after self-imposed abstinence due to adverse consequences of drug use. Here, we determined the model's generality to cocaine and have begun to explore brain mechanisms of context-induced relapse to cocaine seeking after punishment-imposed abstinence, using the activity marker Fos. In exp. 1, we trained rats to self-administer cocaine (0.75 mg/kg/infusion, 6 hours/day, 12 days) in context A...
June 29, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660730/fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-faah-inactivation-confers-enhanced-sensitivity-to-nicotine-induced-dopamine-release-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens
#12
Francisco J Pavon, Antonia Serrano, Nimish Sidhpura, Ilham Polis, David Stouffer, Fernando Rodriguez de Fonseca, Benjamin F Cravatt, Rémi Martin-Fardon, Loren H Parsons
Nicotine exerts its rewarding effects by promoting an increase in dopamine (DA) release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), and this process is influenced by the endocannabinoid system. Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) is the main enzyme responsible for the degradation of the endocannabinoid anandamide and other non-cannabinoid N-acylethanolamines. Previous research has reported that both genetic deletion and pharmacological inhibition of FAAH enhance nicotine-induced conditioned place preference at low doses...
June 29, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656742/long-term-subregion-specific-encoding-of-enhanced-ethanol-intake-by-d1dr-medium-spiny-neurons-of-the-nucleus-accumbens
#13
Rafael Renteria, Tavanna R Buske, Richard A Morrisett
The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is a critical component of the mesocorticolimbic system and is involved in mediating the motivational and reinforcing aspects of ethanol consumption. Chronic intermittent ethanol (CIE) exposure is a reliable model to induce ethanol dependence and increase volitional ethanol consumption in mice. Following a CIE-induced escalation of ethanol consumption, NMDAR (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor)-dependent long-term depression in D1 dopamine receptor expressing medium spiny neurons of the NAc shell was markedly altered with no changes in plasticity in D1 dopamine receptor medium spiny neurons from the NAc core...
June 28, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656627/cb1-and-ethanol-effects-on-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-central-amygdala-of-male-and-female-msp-and-wistar-rats
#14
Dean Kirson, Christopher Shaun Oleata, Loren Howell Parsons, Roberto Ciccocioppo, Marisa Roberto
The central amygdala (CeA) is involved in the processing of anxiety and stress and plays a role in ethanol consumption. Chronic ethanol recruits stress systems in the CeA, leading to aversive withdrawal symptoms. Although primarily GABAergic, CeA contains glutamatergic afferents, and we have reported inhibitory effects of ethanol on locally evoked glutamatergic responses in CeA of Wistar and Marchigian Sardinian alcohol-preferring (msP) rats. Notably, msP rats display enhanced anxiety, stress and alcohol drinking, simulating the alcohol-dependent phenotype...
June 28, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635181/buprenorphine-requires-concomitant-activation-of-nop-and-mop-receptors-to-reduce-cocaine-consumption
#15
Marsida Kallupi, Qianwei Shen, Giordano de Guglielmo, Dennis Yasuda, V Blair Journigan, Nurulain T Zaveri, Roberto Ciccocioppo
Buprenorphine's clinical use is approved for the treatment of heroin addiction; however, evidence supporting its efficacy in cocaine abuse also exists. While for heroin it has been demonstrated that the effect of buprenorphine is mediated by its ability to activate μ-opioid peptide receptor (MOP) receptors, the mechanism through which it attenuates cocaine intake remains elusive. We explored this mechanism using operant models where rodents were trained to chronically self-administer cocaine for 2 hours daily...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635140/noradrenergic-signaling-in-the-vta-modulates-cocaine-craving
#16
Wojciech Barnaba Solecki, Klaudia Szklarczyk, Kamil Pradel, Krystyna Kwiatkowska, Grzegorz Dobrzański, Ryszard Przewłocki
Exposure to drug-associated cues evokes drug-seeking behavior and is regarded as a major cause of relapse. Conditional stimulus upregulates noradrenaline (NA) system activity, but the drug-seeking behavior depends particularly on phasic dopamine signaling downstream from the ventral tegmental area (VTA). The VTA dopamine-ergic activity is regulated via the signaling of alpha1 -adrenergic and alpha2 -adrenergic receptors (α1 -ARs and α2 -ARs); thus, the impact of the conditional stimulus on drug-seeking behavior might involve NAergic signaling in the VTA...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635134/locomotor-sensitization-is-expressed-by-ghrelin-and-d1-dopamine-receptor-agonist-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-in-amphetamine-pre-exposed-rat
#17
Ju Kyong Jang, Wha Young Kim, Bo Ram Cho, Jung Won Lee, Jeong-Hoon Kim
Ghrelin modulates mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways in the brain in addition to its role in feeding. We investigated what roles ghrelin in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) core may play in mediating locomotor activating effects of amphetamine (AMPH). First, when rats were administered with AMPH (1 mg/kg, i.p.) following a bilateral microinjection of ghrelin (0.1 or 0.5 μg/side) into the NAcc core, their locomotor activity was significantly enhanced, while these effects were blocked by co-microinjection of ghrelin receptor antagonist (0...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635037/novel-role-and-regulation-of-hdac4-in-cocaine-related-behaviors
#18
Rachel D Penrod, Maria B Carreira, Makoto Taniguchi, Jaswinder Kumar, Stephanie A Maddox, Christopher W Cowan
Epigenetic mechanisms have been proposed to contribute to persistent aspects of addiction-related behaviors. One family of epigenetic molecules that may regulate maladaptive behavioral changes produced by cocaine use are the histone deacetylases (HDACs)-key regulators of chromatin and gene expression. In particular, the class IIa HDACs (HDAC4, HDAC5, HDAC7 and HDAC9) respond to changes in neuronal activity by modulating their distribution between the nucleus and cytoplasm-a process controlled in large part by changes in phosphorylation of conserved residues...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627790/regional-cerebral-blood-flow-in-opiate-dependence-relates-to-substance-use-and-neuropsychological-performance
#19
Donna E Murray, Timothy C Durazzo, Thomas P Schmidt, Troy A Murray, Christoph Abé, Joseph Guydish, Dieter J Meyerhoff
Neuroimaging of opiate-dependent individuals indicates both altered brain structure and function. Magnetic resonance-based arterial spin labeling has been used to measure noninvasively cerebral blood flow (i.e. perfusion) in alcohol, tobacco and stimulant dependence; only one arterial spin labeling paper in opiate-dependent individuals demonstrated frontal and parietal perfusion deficits. Additional research on regional brain perfusion in opiate dependence and its relationship to cognition and self-regulation (impulsivity, risk taking and decision making) may inform treatment approaches for opiate-dependent individuals...
June 19, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626932/dentate-gyrus-neurogenesis-ablation-via-cranial-irradiation-enhances-morphine-self-administration-and-locomotor-sensitization
#20
Sarah E Bulin, Matthew L Mendoza, Devon R Richardson, Kwang H Song, Timothy D Solberg, Sanghee Yun, Amelia J Eisch
Adult dentate gyrus (DG) neurogenesis is important for hippocampal-dependent learning and memory, but the role of new neurons in addiction-relevant learning and memory is unclear. To test the hypothesis that neurogenesis is involved in the vulnerability to morphine addiction, we ablated adult DG neurogenesis and examined morphine self-administration (MSA) and locomotor sensitization. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent hippocampal-focused, image-guided X-ray irradiation (IRR) to eliminate new DG neurons or sham treatment (Sham)...
June 19, 2017: Addiction Biology
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