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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926856/insulin-dependent-activation-of-mch-neurons-impairs-locomotor-activity-and-insulin-sensitivity-in-obesity
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A Christine Hausen, Johan Ruud, Hong Jiang, Simon Hess, Hristo Varbanov, Peter Kloppenburg, Jens C Brüning
Melanin-concentrating-hormone (MCH)-expressing neurons (MCH neurons) in the lateral hypothalamus (LH) are critical regulators of energy and glucose homeostasis. Here, we demonstrate that insulin increases the excitability of these neurons in control mice. In vivo, insulin promotes phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling in MCH neurons, and cell-type-specific deletion of the insulin receptor (IR) abrogates this response. While lean mice lacking the IR in MCH neurons (IR(ΔMCH)) exhibit no detectable metabolic phenotype under normal diet feeding, they present with improved locomotor activity and insulin sensitivity under high-fat-diet-fed, obese conditions...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923637/hypothalamic-neuronal-origin-of-neuropeptide-y-npy-or-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-fibers-projecting-to-the-tuberomammillary-nucleus-of-the-rat
#2
Eun Y Lee, Young G Hwang, Hyun S Lee
Based on the importance of tuberomammillary nucleus (TMN) as a target for feeding/arousal-related functions, we aimed in the present study to investigate hypothalamic neuronal origin of neuropeptide Y (NPY) and cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) fibers projecting to the histaminergic nucleus. In the first series of experiments, we examined NPY (or CART) fiber distribution within the boundary of adenosine deaminase (ADA)-immunoreactive (ir) TMN regions; extensive NPY (or CART)-ir axon terminals were observed in E4 (TMMd), E3 (TMMv), and E2 (TMVr) subdivisions...
December 3, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920666/circuits-regulating-pleasure-and-happiness-the-evolution-of-the-amygdalar-hippocampal-habenular-connectivity-in-vertebrates
#3
Anton J M Loonen, Svetlana A Ivanova
Appetitive-searching (reward-seeking) and distress-avoiding (misery-fleeing) behavior are essential for all free moving animals to stay alive and to have offspring. Therefore, even the oldest ocean-dwelling animal creatures, living about 560 million years ago and human ancestors, must have been capable of generating these behaviors. The current article describes the evolution of the forebrain with special reference to the development of the misery-fleeing system. Although, the earliest vertebrate ancestor already possessed a dorsal pallium, which corresponds to the human neocortex, the structure and function of the neocortex was acquired quite recently within the mammalian evolutionary line...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909991/the-role-of-orexins-hypocretins-in-alcohol-use-and-abuse
#4
Leigh C Walker, Andrew J Lawrence
Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and drug taking despite negative consequences. Alcohol abuse and addiction have major social and economic consequences and cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Currently available therapeutics are inadequate, outlining the need for alternative treatments. Detailed knowledge of the neurocircuitry and brain chemistry responsible for aberrant behavior patterns should enable the development of novel pharmacotherapies to treat addiction...
December 2, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906750/role-of-orexin-2-and-cb1-receptors-within-the-periaqueductal-gray-matter-in-lateral-hypothalamic-induced-antinociception-in-rats
#5
Mohammad-Hossein Esmaeili, Zahra Reisi, Somayeh Ezzatpanah, Abbas Haghparast
Orexin plays an important role in pain modulation. Orexin-1 and orexin-2 receptors (Ox1r and Ox2r) are found at high density in the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray matter (vlPAG). Our previous study showed that chemical stimulation of the lateral hypothalamus with carbachol induces antinociception in the tail-flick test, a model of acute pain, and Ox1r-mediated antinociception in the vlPAG is modulated by the activity of vlPAG CB1 receptors. In the current study, TCS OX2 29, an Ox2r antagonist (5, 15, 50, 150, and 500 nmol/l), was microinjected into the vlPAG 5 min before the administration of carbachol (125 nmol/l)...
November 30, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895565/challenges-to-the-pair-bond-neural-and-hormonal-effects-of-separation-and-reunion-in-a-monogamous-primate
#6
Katie Hinde, Chelsea Muth, Nicole Maninger, Benjamin J Ragen, Rebecca H Larke, Michael R Jarcho, Sally P Mendoza, William A Mason, Emilio Ferrer, Simon R Cherry, Marina L Fisher-Phelps, Karen L Bales
Social monogamy at its most basic is a group structure in which two adults form a unit and share a territory. However, many socially monogamous pairs display attachment relationships known as pair bonds, in which there is a mutual preference for the partner and distress upon separation. The neural and hormonal basis of this response to separation from the adult pair mate is under-studied. In this project, we examined this response in male titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus), a socially monogamous New World primate...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890744/gene-expression-of-pro-opiomelanocortin-and-melanocortin-receptors-is-regulated-in-the-hypothalamus-and-mesocorticolimbic-system-following-nicotine-administration
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Damla E Tapinc, Rabia Ilgin, Egemen Kaya, Oguz Gozen, Muzeyyen Ugur, Ersin O Koylu, Lutfiye Kanit, Aysegul Keser, Burcu Balkan
Pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-derived peptides and their receptors have been shown to play important roles in natural and drug-induced reward and reinforcement. Reward process may involve the regulation of POMC gene expression and the gene expression of POMC-derived peptide receptors. The present study investigated the alterations observed in the transcript levels of POMC, melanocortin 3 (MC3R), melanocortin 4 (MC4R) and mu-opioid receptors (MOR) in the hypothalamus and mesocorticolimbic system during nicotine exposure...
November 24, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888043/infusion-of-fluoxetine-a-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-in-the-shell-region-of-the-nucleus-accumbens-increases-blood-glucose-concentrations-in-rats
#8
C Diepenbroek, M Rijnsburger, L Eggels, K M van Megen, M T Ackermans, E Fliers, A Kalsbeek, M J Serlie, S E la Fleur
The brain is well known to regulate blood glucose, and the hypothalamus and hindbrain, in particular, have been studied extensively to understand the underlying mechanisms. Nuclei in these regions respond to alterations in blood glucose concentrations and can alter glucose liver output or glucose tissue uptake to maintain blood glucose concentrations within strict boundaries. Interestingly, several cortico-limbic regions also respond to alterations in glucose concentrations and have been shown to project to hypothalamic nuclei and glucoregulatory organs...
November 22, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884682/sleep-metabolism-the-multitasking-ability-of-lateral-hypothalamic-inhibitory-circuitries
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REVIEW
Carolina Gutierrez Herrera, Alexey Ponomarenko, Tatiana Korotkova, Denis Burdakov, Antoine Adamantidis
The anatomical and functional mapping of lateral hypothalamic circuits has been limited by the numerous cell types and complex, yet unclear, connectivity. Recent advances in functional dissection of input-output neurons in the lateral hypothalamus have identified subset of inhibitory cells as crucial modulators of both sleep-wake states and metabolism. Here, we summarize these recent studies and discuss the multi-tasking functions of hypothalamic circuitries in integrating sleep and metabolism in the mammalian brain...
November 21, 2016: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876637/fourth-ventricle-injection-of-ghrelin-decreases-angiotensin-ii-induced-fluid-intake-and-neuronal-activation-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
#10
Kimberly S Plyler, Derek Daniels
Ghrelin acts in the CNS to decrease fluid intake under a variety of dipsogenic and natriorexigenic conditions. Previous studies on this topic, however, focused on the forebrain as a site of action for this effect of ghrelin. Because the hindbrain contains neural substrates that are capable of mediating the well-established orexigenic effects of ghrelin, the current study tested the hypothesis that ghrelin applied to the hindbrain also would affect fluid intake. To this end, water and saline intakes were stimulated by central injection of angiotensin II (AngII) in rats that also received injections of ghrelin (0...
November 19, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871027/trauma-exposure-relates-to-heightened-stress-altered-amygdala-morphology-and-deficient-extinction-learning-implications-for-psychopathology
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Raffaele Cacciaglia, Frauke Nees, Oliver Grimm, Stephanie Ridder, Sebastian T Pohlack, Slawomira J Diener, Claudia Liebscher, Herta Flor
Stress exposure causes a structural reorganization in neurons of the amygdala. In particular, animal models have repeatedly shown that both acute and chronic stress induce neuronal hypertrophy and volumetric increase in the lateral and basolateral nuclei of amygdala. These effects are visible on the behavioral level, where stress enhances anxiety behaviors and provokes greater fear learning. We assessed stress and anxiety levels in a group of 18 healthy human trauma-exposed individuals (TR group) compared to 18 non-exposed matched controls (HC group), and related these measurements to amygdala volume...
November 11, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870155/timing-of-maternal-exposure-and-fetal-sex-determine-the-effects-of-low-level-chemical-mixture-exposure-on-the-fetal-neuroendocrine-system-in-sheep
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M Bellingham, P A Fowler, E S MacDonald, B Mandon-Pepin, C Cotinot, S Rhind, R M Sharpe, N P Evans
We have shown that continuous maternal exposure to the complex mixture of environmental chemicals (ECs) found in human biosolids (sewage sludge), disrupts mRNA expression of genes crucial for development and long-term regulation of hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal (HPG) function in sheep. This study investigated whether exposure to ECs only during preconceptional period or only during pregnancy perturbed key regulatory genes within the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and whether these effects were different from chronic (life-long) exposure to biosolid ECs...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859793/selective-contribution-of-the-telencephalic-arcopallium-to-the-social-facilitation-of-foraging-efforts-in-the-domestic-chick
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Qiuhong Xin, Yukiko Ogura, Leo Uno, Toshiya Matsushima
To investigate the neural basis of socio-economic behaviors in birds, we examined the effects of bilateral electrolytic lesions of arcopallium (Arco, the major descending pallial area of the avian telencephalon) and the surrounding nuclei in domestic chicks. We tested foraging effort (running distance) in an I-shaped maze with two food patches that delivered food in a biased manner according to a variable interval schedule. Normally, chicks run back and forth between the patches, and the patch use time matches the respective food delivery rate...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852779/ventral-pallidum-output-pathways-in-context-induced-reinstatement-of-alcohol-seeking
#14
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/27847471/maternal-caloric-restriction-implemented-during-the-preconceptional-and-pregnancy-period-alters-hypothalamic-and-hippocampal-endocannabinoid-levels-at-birth-and-induces-overweight-and-increased-adiposity-at-adulthood-in-male-rat-offspring
#15
María Teresa Ramírez-López, Mariam Vázquez, Laura Bindila, Ermelinda Lomazzo, Clementine Hofmann, Rosarío Noemí Blanco, Francisco Alén, María Antón, Juan Decara, Rocío Arco, Daniel Ouro, Laura Orio, Juan Suárez, Beat Lutz, Raquel Gómez de Heras, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca
Exposure to inadequate nutritional conditions in critical windows of development has been associated to disturbances on metabolism and behavior in the offspring later in life. The role of the endocannabinoid system, a known regulator of energy expenditure and adaptive behaviors, in the modulation of these processes is unknown. In the present study, we investigated the impact of exposing rat dams to diet restriction (20% less calories than standard diet) during pre-gestational and gestational periods on: (a) neonatal outcomes; (b) endocannabinoid content in hypothalamus, hippocampus and olfactory bulb at birth; (c) metabolism-related parameters; and (d) behavior in adult male offspring...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835635/qrfp-deficient-mice-are-hypophagic-lean-hypoactive-and-exhibit-increased-anxiety-like-behavior
#16
Kitaro Okamoto, Miwako Yamasaki, Keizo Takao, Shingo Soya, Monica Iwasaki, Koh Sasaki, Kenta Magoori, Iori Sakakibara, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Michihiro Mieda, Masahiko Watanabe, Juro Sakai, Masashi Yanagisawa, Takeshi Sakurai
How the hypothalamus transmits hunger information to other brain regions to govern whole brain function to orchestrate feeding behavior has remained largely unknown. Our present study suggests the importance of a recently found lateral hypothalamic neuropeptide, QRFP, in this signaling. Qrfp-/- mice were hypophagic and lean, and exhibited increased anxiety-like behavior, and were hypoactive in novel circumstances as compared with wild type littermates. They also showed decreased wakefulness time in the early hours of the dark period...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825986/intracerebroventricular-injection-of-ghrelin-decreases-wheel-running-activity-in-rats
#17
Yumiko Miyatake, Tetsuya Shiuchi, Kazuaki Mawatari, Satomi Toda, Yasuko Taniguchi, Akari Futami, Fukiko Sato, Masashi Kuroda, Mayu Sebe, Rie Tsutsumi, Nagakatsu Harada, Yasuhiko Minokoshi, Tadahiro Kitamura, Koro Gotoh, Masaki Ueno, Yutaka Nakaya, Hiroshi Sakaue
There is an increasing interest in elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which voluntary exercise is regulated. In this study, we examined how the central nervous system regulates exercise. We used SPORTS rats, which were established in our laboratory as a highly voluntary murine exercise model. SPORTS rats showed lower levels of serum ghrelin compared with those of the parental line of Wistar rats. Intracerebroventricular and intraperitoneal injection of ghrelin decreased wheel-running activity in SPORTS rats...
November 5, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817982/from-genotype-to-phenotype-in-dravet-disease
#18
Svetlana Gataullina, Olivier Dulac
Dravet syndrome combines clonic generalized, focal or unilateral seizures, beginning within the first year of life, often triggered by hyperthermia whatever its cause, including pertussis vaccination. Long-lasting febrile seizures are frequent in infancy and repeat status epilepticus (SE) has negative prognostic value. Massive myoclonus, rare absences, complex partial seizures and generalized spikes may appear several years later. Myoclonic status may occur in childhood, but acute encephalopathy with febrile SE followed by ischemic lesions and psychomotor impairment, the most severe condition, occurs mainly within the first five years of life...
October 21, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814962/neural-complexity-as-a-potential-translational-biomarker-for-psychosis
#19
Brandon Hager, Albert C Yang, Roscoe Brady, Shashwath Meda, Brett Clementz, Godfrey D Pearlson, John A Sweeney, Carol Tamminga, Matcheri Keshavan
BACKGROUND: The adaptability of the human brain to the constantly changing environment is reduced in patients with psychotic disorders, leading to impaired cognitive functions. Brain signal complexity, which may reflect adaptability, can be readily quantified via resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals. We hypothesized that resting-state brain signal complexity is altered in psychotic disorders, and is correlated with cognitive impairment. METHODS: We assessed 156 healthy controls (HC) and 330 probands, including 125 patients with psychotic bipolar disorder (BP), 107 patients with schizophrenia (SZ), 98 patients with schizoaffective disorder (SAD) and 230 of their unaffected first-degree relatives (76 BPR, 79 SADR, and 75 SZR) from four sites of the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP) consortium...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807162/an-inhibitory-septum-to-lateral-hypothalamus-circuit-that-suppresses-feeding
#20
Patrick Sweeney, Yunlei Yang
: Feeding behavior is orchestrated by neural circuits primarily residing in the hypothalamus and hindbrain. However, the relative influence of cognitive and emotional brain circuits to the feeding circuitry in the hypothalamus and hindbrain remains unclear. Here, using the cell-type selectivity of genetic methods, circuit mapping, and behavior assays, we sought to decipher neural circuits emanating from the septal nucleus to the lateral hypothalamus (LH) that contribute to neural regulation of food intake in mice...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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