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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088358/the-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-fenofibrate-attenuates-alcohol-self-administration-in-rats
#1
Colin N Haile, Therese A Kosten
Fibrates are a class of medications used to treat hypercholesterolemia and dyslipidemia that target nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). Studies have shown the PPARα agonist fenofibrate decreases voluntary EtOH consumption however its impact on the reinforcing and motivational effects of EtOH is unknown. We evaluated the ability of fenofibrate (25, 50 and 100 mg/kg), to alter EtOH (10%, w/v) and sucrose (2%, w/v) operant self-administration in rats under a FR2 schedule of reinforcement over four days and under a progressive ratio (PR) schedule on day five of treatment...
January 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070621/behavioral-evidence-for-the-abuse-potential-of-the-novel-synthetic-cathinone-alpha-pyrrolidinopentiothiophenone-pvt-in-rodents
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Jae Hoon Cheong, Mee Jung Choi, Choon-Gon Jang, Yong Sup Lee, Sooyeun Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Joung-Wook Seo, Seong Shoon Yoon
RATIONALE: Synthetic cathinones are chemical derivatives of cathinone that are pharmacologically similar to cocaine and methamphetamine. Recently, abuse of synthetic cathinones among young people has increased. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to characterize the behavioral effects of alpha-pyrrolidinopentiothiophenone (PVT), an analog of alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone and second-generation synthetic cathinone, as well as to evaluate its abuse potential, using conditioned place preference, intravenous self-administration (SA), and drug discrimination paradigms in rodent models...
January 9, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044061/in-silico-identification-and-in-vivo-validation-of-mir-495-as-a-novel-regulator-of-motivation-for-cocaine-that-targets-multiple-addiction-related-networks-in-the-nucleus-accumbens
#3
R M Bastle, R J Oliver, A S Gardiner, N S Pentkowski, F Bolognani, A M Allan, T Chaudhury, M St Peter, N Galles, C Smith, J L Neisewander, N I Perrone-Bizzozero
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression and are implicated in the etiology of several neuropsychiatric disorders, including substance use disorders (SUDs). Using in silico genome-wide sequence analyses, we identified miR-495 as a miRNA whose predicted targets are significantly enriched in the Knowledgebase for Addiction Related Genes (ARG) database (KARG; http://karg.cbi.pku.edu.cn). This small non-coding RNA is also highly expressed within the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a pivotal brain region underlying reward and motivation...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025973/lateral-habenula-involvement-in-impulsive-cocaine-seeking
#4
Agustin Zapata, Eun-Kyung Hwang, Carl R Lupica
The lateral habenula (LHb) is a brain structure receiving inputs from limbic forebrain areas and innervating major midbrain monoaminergic nuclei. Evidence indicates LHb involvement in sleep control, reward-based decision making, avoidance of punishment, and responses to stress. Additional work has established that the LHb mediates negative feedback in response to aversive events. As a hallmark of drug addiction is the inability to limit drug use despite negative consequences, we hypothesize that LHb dysfunction may have a role in the lack of control over drug seeking...
January 18, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007642/suppressing-effect-of-saikosaponin-a-an-active-ingredient-of-bupleurum-falcatum-on-chocolate-self-administration-and-reinstatement-of-chocolate-seeking-in-rats
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Irene Lorrai, Paola Maccioni, Mauro A M Carai, Alessandro Capra, M Paola Castelli, Antonella Riva, Paolo Morazzoni, Gian Luigi Gessa, Giancarlo Colombo
Recent lines of experimental evidence have indicated that saikosaponin A (SSA) - a bioactive ingredient of the medicinal plant, Bupleurum falcatum L. - suppressed alcohol, morphine, and cocaine self-administration in rats. The present paper was designed to assess whether the protective properties of SSA on addiction-related behaviors generalize to a hyperpalatable food such as a chocolate-flavored beverage (CFB). To this end, rats were initially trained to lever-respond for CFB [5% (w/v) Nesquik(®) powder in water] under fixed ratio (FR) 10 (FR10) schedule of reinforcement...
December 19, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977047/basolateral-amygdala-supports-the-maintenance-of-value-and-effortful-choice-of-a-preferred-option
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Evan E Hart, Alicia Izquierdo
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is known to be involved in appetitive behavior, yet its role in cost-benefit choice of qualitatively different rewards (more/less preferred), beyond magnitude differences (larger/smaller), is poorly understood. We assessed the effects of BLA inactivations on effortful choice behavior. Rats were implanted with cannulae in BLA and trained to stable lever pressing for sucrose pellets on a progressive ratio schedule. Rats were then introduced to a choice: chow was concurrently available while they could work for the preferred sucrose pellets...
December 14, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935269/from-adolescent-to-elder-rats-motivation-for-palatable-food-and-cannabinoids-receptors
#7
Octavio Amancio-Belmont, Antonio Romano-López, Alejandra Evelin Ruiz-Contreras, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Oscar Prospéro-García
To analyze motivation, food self-administration and decision-making was evaluated in adolescent, adult and aged rats. Subjects were trained to press a lever (fixed ratio, FR1 and FR5) in an operant chamber, to obtain chocolate flavor pellets. We assessed the progressive ratio (PR), extinction and reinstatement of the behavior. To estimate decision-making for food, rats were trained in the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm: a) associating one compartment with lab chow (LCh) one day and the other compartment with rice krisspies (RK), the next day...
December 9, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929349/effects-of-paclitaxel-on-mechanical-sensitivity-and-morphine-reward-in-male-and-female-c57bl6-mice
#8
Harshini Neelakantan, Sara Jane Ward, Ellen Ann Walker
This study evaluated the hypothesis that a paclitaxel treatment regimen sufficient to produce mechanical allodynia would alter sensitivities of male and female mice to the conditioned rewarding and reinforcing effects of morphine. Saline or paclitaxel were administered on Days 1, 3, 5, and 7 in male and female C57Bl/6 mice to induce morphine-reversible mechanical allodynia as measured by the Von Frey filament test. Paclitaxel treatment did not change sensitivity to morphine conditioned place preference (CPP) relative to saline treatment in either male or female mice...
December 2016: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929346/individual-differences-in-the-reinforcing-and-subjective-effects-of-d-amphetamine-dimensions-of-impulsivity
#9
Arit Harvanko, Catherine Martin, Joshua Lile, Richard Kryscio, Thomas H Kelly
Previous research has shown a relationship between impulsive personality and the subjective and reinforcing effects of d-amphetamine. Impulsive personality, however, is comprised of multiple dimensions. The association between different dimensions of impulsive personality and the subjective and reinforcing effects of d-amphetamine is unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the independent contributions of the "sensation-seeking" and "impulsivity" dimensions of the impulsive sensation-seeking subscale of the Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire (ZKPQ) to the subjective and reinforcing effects of d-amphetamine...
December 2016: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926573/further-delineation-between-typical-and-atypical-dopamine-uptake-inhibitors-effects-on-food-maintained-behavior-and-food-consumption
#10
Jonathan M Slezak, Rajeev I Desai, Jonathan L Katz
The present studies compared the acute effects of benztropine analogs (4-Cl-BZT, JHW 007, AHN 1-055), which are atypical dopamine uptake inhibitors, with those of the standard dopamine uptake inhibitors GBR 12909 and cocaine, on the reinforcing efficacy of food and food intake in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Repeated drug effects of JHW 007 on food intake were also determined. The number of ratios completed under a progressive-ratio schedule of food delivery was used as an index of reinforcing efficacy. Food intake was determined by measuring powdered laboratory-chow consumption during daily 40 min food-availability time periods...
February 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890602/the-endocannabinoid-hydrolysis-inhibitor-sa-57-intrinsic-antinociceptive-effects-augmented-morphine-induced-antinociception-and-attenuated-heroin-seeking-behavior-in-mice
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Jenny L Wilkerson, Sudeshna Ghosh, Mohammed Mustafa, Rehab A Abdullah, Micah J Niphakis, Roberto Cabrera, Rafael L Maldonado, Benjamin F Cravatt, Aron H Lichtman
Although opioids are highly efficacious analgesics, their abuse potential and other untoward side effects diminish their therapeutic utility. The addition of non-opioid analgesics offers a promising strategy to reduce required antinociceptive opioid doses that concomitantly reduce opioid-related side effects. Inhibitors of the primary endocannabinoid catabolic enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) show opioid-sparing effects in preclinical models of pain. As simultaneous inhibition of these enzymes elicits enhanced antinociceptive effects compared with single enzyme inhibition, the present study tested whether the dual FAAH-MAGL inhibitor SA-57 [4-[2-(4-chlorophenyl)ethyl]-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid 2-(methylamino)-2-oxoethyl ester] produces morphine-sparing antinociceptive effects, without major side effects associated with either drug class...
March 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884761/assessment-of-the-motivation-to-use-artificial-sweetener-among-individuals-with-an-eating-disorder
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Janet Schebendach, Diane A Klein, Laurel E S Mayer, Evelyn Attia, Michael J Devlin, Richard W Foltin, B Timothy Walsh
Eating disorders are associated with a range of abnormalities in eating behavior. Some individuals consume large amounts of non-caloric artificial sweeteners, suggesting abnormalities in appetitive responding. The current study aimed to quantify hedonic and motivating effects of artificial sweetener in individuals with and without an eating disorder. Two laboratory studies were conducted. Hedonic preference was estimated using the number of artificial sweetener packets (0-10) added to unsweetened cherry flavored Kool-Aid (study 1)...
February 1, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882999/activation-of-ventral-tegmental-area-5-ht2c-receptors-reduces-incentive-motivation
#13
Lourdes Valencia-Torres, Cristian M Olarte-Sánchez, David J Lyons, Teodora Georgescu, Megan Greenwald-Yarnell, Martin G Myers, Christopher M Bradshaw, Lora K Heisler
Obesity is primarily due to food intake in excess of the body's energetic requirements, intake that is not only associated with hunger but also the incentive value of food. The 5-hydroxytryptamine 2C receptor (5-HT2CR) is a target for the treatment of human obesity. Mechanistically, 5-HT2CRs are positioned to influence both homeostatic feeding circuits within the hypothalamus and reward circuits within the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Here we investigated the role of 5-HT2CRs in incentive motivation using a mathematical model of progressive ratio (PR) responding in mice...
December 21, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868011/time-to-progression-ratio-promising-new-metric-or-just-another-metric
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Ming-Wen An, Sumithra J Mandrekar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860181/methamphetamine-self-administration-reduces-alcohol-consumption-and-preference-in-alcohol-preferring-p-rats
#15
Madeline C Winkler, Emilee M Greager, Jacob Stafford, Ryan K Bachtell
Subclinical levels of polysubstance use are a prevalent and understudied phenomenon. Alcohol is a substance commonly co-used with other substances of other drug classes. These studies sought to determine the consumption effects of combining alcohol drinking and methamphetamine (MA) self-administration. Male alcohol-preferring P rats had continuous access to a two-bottle alcohol drinking procedure in the home cage. Control rats remained alcohol naïve. Rats were also surgically implanted with intra-jugular catheters and trained to self-administer saline (control) or MA in daily 2-hour sessions...
November 16, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852779/ventral-pallidum-output-pathways-in-context-induced-reinstatement-of-alcohol-seeking
#16
Asheeta A Prasad, Gavan P McNally
: Ventral pallidum (VP) is a well-established locus for the reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse and reinstatement of drug seeking. However, VP neurons are at the origin of multiple output pathways, with strong projections to ventral tegmental area (VTA), subthalamic nucleus (STN), lateral hypothalamus, among others, and the roles of these VP output pathways in reinstatement of drug seeking remain poorly understood. Here we addressed these issues using a combination of neuroanatomical tracing and chemogenetic approaches...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782127/endogenous-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-signaling-in-the-nucleus-tractus-solitarius-is-required-for-food-intake-control
#17
Amber L Alhadeff, Blake D Mergler, Derek J Zimmer, Christopher A Turner, David J Reiner, Heath D Schmidt, Harvey J Grill, Matthew R Hayes
Alhough the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) system is critical to energy balance control and is a target for obesity pharmacotherapies, the receptor-population-mediating effects of endogenous GLP-1 signaling are not fully understood. To address this, we developed a novel adeno-associated virus (AAV-GLP-1R) that utilizes short hairpin RNA to chronically knock down GLP-1 receptors (GLP-1R) in rats. As pharmacological studies highlight the hindbrain nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) as a brain region important for GLP-1R-mediated effects on energy balance, AAV-GLP-1R was injected into the NTS to examine the role of endogenous NTS GLP-1R signaling in energy balance control...
December 21, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748746/regulation-of-motivation-for-food-by-neuromedin-u-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-and-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
#18
D L McCue, J M Kasper, J D Hommel
BACKGROUND: Motivation for high-fat food is thought to contribute to excess caloric intake in obese individuals. A novel regulator of motivation for food may be neuromedin U (NMU), a highly-conserved neuropeptide that influences food intake. Although these effects of NMU have primarily been attributed to signaling in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN), NMU has also been found in other brain regions involved in both feeding behavior and motivation. We investigate the effects of NMU on motivation for food and food intake, and identify the brain regions mediating these effects...
January 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732870/the-effects-of-reduced-dopamine-transporter-function-and-chronic-lithium-on-motivation-probabilistic-learning-and-neurochemistry-in-mice-modeling-bipolar-mania
#19
Morgane Milienne-Petiot, James P Kesby, Mary Graves, Jordy van Enkhuizen, Svetlana Semenova, Arpi Minassian, Athina Markou, Mark A Geyer, Jared W Young
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BD) mania patients exhibit poor cognition and reward-seeking/hypermotivation, negatively impacting a patient's quality of life. Current treatments (e.g., lithium), do not treat such deficits. Treatment development has been limited due to a poor understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying these behaviors. Here, we investigated putative mechanisms underlying cognition and reward-seeking/motivational changes relevant to BD mania patients using two validated mouse models and neurochemical analyses...
February 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730727/impairment-of-opiate-mediated-behaviors-by-the-selective-trpv1-antagonist-sb366791
#20
Shi-Xun Ma, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Jee-Yeon Seo, Ji-Young Hwang, Sa-Ik Hong, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Seok-Yong Lee, Choon-Gon Jang
Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1), the archetypal member of the vanilloid TRP family, was initially identified as the receptor for capsaicin, the pungent ingredient in hot chili peppers. We previously demonstrated that TRPV1 in the dorsal striatum significantly contributes to morphine reward by using the conditioned place preference paradigm in mice; however, it is unknown whether TRPV1 has the same effect in other reward models. In this study, we investigated the role of TRPV1 in morphine reward by using a self-administration paradigm in rats...
October 11, 2016: Addiction Biology
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