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#1
Marco Pignatelli, Antonello Bonci
How do nucleus accumbens (NAc) subdivisions shape information flow into distinct ventral tegmental area (VTA) subcircuits? Yang et al. (2018) provide insightful answers to this question by expanding our knowledge about the circuit architecture and function of reciprocal connectivity between NAc and VTA.
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339293/methylphenidate-significantly-alters-the-functional-coupling-between-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-dopamine-neurons-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
#2
Ike C Dela Peña, Guofang Shen, Wei-Xing Shi
Amphetamine-like psychostimulants, including methylphenidate, have been shown to produce two opposing effects on dopamine (DA) neurons: a DA receptor-mediated feedback inhibition and a non-DA receptor-mediated excitation. To test whether the latter effect is mediated through the prefrontal cortex (PFC), we made dual-site recordings from the PFC and ventral tegmental area (VTA). Consistent with previous reports, methylphenidate inhibited VTA DA neurons. The D2 receptor antagonist raclopride completely reversed the inhibition and further increased the activity, particularly bursting, to above pre-drug baseline...
January 12, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337233/tau-deficiency-down-regulated-transcription-factor-orthodenticle-homeobox-2-expression-in-the-dopaminergic-neurons-in-ventral-tegmental-area-and-caused-no-obvious-motor-deficits-in-mice
#3
Xiaolu Tang, Luyan Jiao, Meige Zheng, Yan Yan, Qi Nie, Ting Wu, Xiaomei Wan, Guofeng Zhang, Yonglin Li, Song Wu, Bin Jiang, Huaibin Cai, Pingyi Xu, Jinhai Duan, Xian Lin
Tau protein participates in microtubule stabilization, axonal transport, and protein trafficking. Loss of normal tau function will exert a negative effect. However, current knowledge on the impact of tau deficiency on the motor behavior and related neurobiological changes are controversial. In this study, we examined motor functions and analyzed several proteins implicated in the maintenance of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons (mDANs) function of adult and aged tau+/+, tau+/-, tau-/- mice. We found tau deficiency could not induce significant motor disorders...
January 11, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335538/speed-related-activation-in-the-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-during-the-observation-of-driver-view-videos
#4
Hiroyuki Sakai, Takafumi Ando, Norihiro Sadato, Yuji Uchiyama
Despite the ubiquity and importance of speeding offenses, there has been little neuroscience research regarding the propensity for speeding among vehicle drivers. In the current study, as a first attempt, we examined the hypothesis that visual inputs during high-speed driving would activate the mesolimbic dopaminergic system that plays an important role in mediating motivational craving. To this end, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify speed-related activation changes in mesolimbic dopaminergic regions during the observation of driver-view videos in two groups that differed in self-reported speeding propensity...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330488/motor-skill-learning-and-reward-consumption-differentially-affect-vta-activation
#5
Susan Leemburg, Tara Canonica, Andreas Luft
Dopamine release from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) terminals in the primary motor cortex (M1) enables motor skill acquisition. Here, we test the hypothesis that dopaminergic VTA neurons projecting to M1 are activated when rewards are obtained during motor skill acquisition, but not during task execution at plateau performance, or by rewards obtained without performing skilled movements. Rats were trained to perform a skilled reaching task for 3 days (acquisition) or 7 days (plateau). In combination with retrograde labelling of VTA-to-M1 projection neurons, double immunofluorescence for c-fos and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) was used to assess activation of dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic VTA neurons...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304042/periaqueductal-efferents-to-dopamine-and-gaba-neurons-of-the-vta
#6
Niels R Ntamati, Meaghan Creed, Ridouane Achargui, Christian Lüscher
Neurons in the periaqueductal gray (PAG) modulate threat responses and nociception. Activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) on the other hand can cause reinforcement and aversion. While in many situations these behaviors are related, the anatomical substrate of a crosstalk between the PAG and VTA remains poorly understood. Here we describe the anatomical and electrophysiological organization of the VTA-projecting PAG neurons. Using rabies-based, cell type-specific retrograde tracing, we observed that PAG to VTA projection neurons are evenly distributed along the rostro-caudal axis of the PAG, but concentrated in its posterior and ventrolateral segments...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289371/glucose-modulates-human-ventral-tegmental-activity-in-response-to-sexual-stimuli
#7
Martin Ulrich, Philipp Stauß, Georg Grön
BACKGROUND: Attribution of salience to sexual stimuli is mediated by the dopaminergic midbrain, including the ventral tegmental area (VTA). The existence of glucose-sensing neurons in the VTA, as suggested by animal studies, offers the opportunity to modulate aberrant salience coding involved in sexual disorders such as sexual addiction. Recent neuroimaging work supported that VTA activity in humans can be modulated by intravenously infusing a small bolus of glucose. However, that study used appetitive food stimuli, leaving the possibility that glucose modulation of VTA-mediated salience coding might be bound to this class of stimuli...
January 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287910/ventral-tegmental-area-d2-receptor-knockdown-enhances-choice-impulsivity-in-a-delay-discounting-task-in-rats
#8
Kimberly A Bernosky-Smith, Yan-Yan Qiu, Malte Feja, Yun Beom Lee, Brian Loughlin, Jun-Xu Li, Caroline E Bass
Impulsivity associated with abnormal dopamine (DA) function has been observed in several disorders, including addiction. Choice impulsivity is the preference for small, immediate rewards over larger rewards after a delay, caused by excessive discounting of future rewards. Addicts have abnormally high discount rates and prefer the smaller rewards sooner. While impulsivity has been inversely correlated with DA D2 receptor (D2R) availability in the midbrain and striatum, it is difficult to mechanistically link the two, due to the diverse neuroanatomical localization of D2Rs, which are found throughout the brain, in many types of neurons and neuronal subcompartments...
December 26, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273501/selective-%C3%AE-synuclein-knockdown-in-monoamine-neurons-by-intranasal-oligonucleotide-delivery-potential-therapy-for-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Diana Alarcón-Arís, Ariadna Recasens, Mireia Galofré, Iria Carballo-Carbajal, Nicolás Zacchi, Esther Ruiz-Bronchal, Rubén Pavia-Collado, Rosario Chica, Albert Ferrés-Coy, Marina Santos, Raquel Revilla, Andrés Montefeltro, Isabel Fariñas, Francesc Artigas, Miquel Vila, Analia Bortolozzi
Progressive neuronal death in brainstem nuclei and widespread accumulation of α-synuclein are neuropathological hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD). Reduction of α-synuclein levels is therefore a potential therapy for PD. However, because α-synuclein is essential for neuronal development and function, α-synuclein elimination would dramatically impact brain function. We previously developed conjugated small interfering RNA (siRNA) sequences that selectively target serotonin (5-HT) or norepinephrine (NE) neurons after intranasal administration...
November 29, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251597/activation-of-the-dopaminergic-pathway-from-vta-to-the-medial-olfactory-tubercle-generates-odor-preference-and-reward
#10
Zhijian Zhang, Qing Liu, Pengjie Wen, Jiaozhen Zhang, Xiaoping Rao, Ziming Zhou, Hongruo Zhang, Xiaobin He, Juan Li, Zheng Zhou, Xiaoran Xu, Xueyi Zhang, Rui Luo, Guanghui Lv, Haohong Li, Pei Cao, Liping Wang, Fuqiang Xu
Odor-preferences are usually influenced by life experiences. However, the neural circuit mechanisms remain unclear. The medial olfactory tubercle (mOT) is involved in both reward and olfaction, while the ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons are considered to be engaged in reward and motivation. Here, we found that the VTA (DAergic)-mOT pathway could be activated by different types of naturalistic rewards as well as odors in DAT-cre mice. Optogenetic activation of the VTA-mOT DAergic fibers was able to elicit preferences for space, location and neutral odor, while pharmacological blockade of the dopamine receptors in the mOT fully prevented the odor-preference formation...
December 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247796/theta-burst-modulation-of-mid-ventrolateral-prefrontal-cortex-affects-salience-coding-in-the-human-ventral-tegmental-area
#11
Martin Ulrich, Sabrina Lorenz, Markus W Spitzer, Leon Steigleder, Thomas Kammer, Georg Grön
In the context of hedonic (over-)eating the ventral tegmental area (VTA) as a core part of the dopaminergic reward system plays a central role in coding incentive salience of high-caloric food. In the present study, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate whether transcranial magnetic theta-burst stimulation (TBS) over the right mid-ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (mid-VLPFC) can induce modulation of calorie-sensitive brain activation in the VTA. The prefrontal location for TBS had been predetermined by seed-based resting-state fMRI with a functionally defined portion of the VTA serving as seed region obtained from an independent second fMRI experiment...
December 13, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246771/antagonism-of-the-d1-and-d2-like-dopamine-receptors-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-attenuates-forced-swim-stress-and-morphine-priming-induced-reinstatement-of-extinguished-rats
#12
Zahra Farzinpour, Zahra Mousavi, Saeideh Karimi-Haghighi, Abbas Haghparast
Dopaminergic pathways from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) to the nucleus accumbens (NAc) play a critical role in reward-related phenomena as well as in the reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior. Stress is a major trigger for inducing reinstatement, however, the interaction between stress and the dopaminergic system is not well known. The present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of D1- and D2-like dopamine receptors within the NAc in forced swim stress (FSS)- and priming-induced reinstatement of morphine-seeking behaviors...
December 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243529/avolition-apathy-and-white-matter-connectivity-in-schizophrenia-reduced-fractional-anisotropy-between-amygdala-and-insular-cortex
#13
Antonella Amodio, Mario Quarantelli, Armida Mucci, Anna Prinster, Andrea Soricelli, Annarita Vignapiano, Giulia Maria Giordano, Eleonora Merlotti, Alessia Nicita, Silvana Galderisi
The avolition/apathy domain of negative symptoms includes motivation- and pleasure-related impairments. In people with schizophrenia, structural and functional abnormalities were reported in key regions within the motivational reward system, including ventral-tegmental area (VTA), striatum (especially at the level of the nucleus accumbens, NAcc), orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), as well as amygdala (Amy) and insular cortex (IC). However, the association of the reported abnormalities with avoliton-apathy is still controversial...
January 2018: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225337/divergent-effects-of-acute-and-repeated-quetiapine-treatment-on-dopamine-neuron-activity-in-normal-vs-chronic-mild-stress-induced-hypodopaminergic-states
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REVIEW
Jared L Moreines, Zoe L Owrutsky, Kimberly G Gagnon, Anthony A Grace
Clinical evidence supports the use of second-generation dopamine D2 receptor antagonists (D2RAs) as adjunctive therapy or in some cases monotherapy in patients with depression. However, the mechanism for the clinical antidepressant effect of D2RAs remains unclear. Specifically, given accumulating evidence for decreased ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine system function in depression, an antidepressant effect of a medication that is expected to further reduce dopamine system activity seems paradoxical. In the present paper we used electrophysiological single unit recordings of identified VTA dopamine neurons to characterize the impact of acute and repeated administration of the D2RA quetiapine at antidepressant doses in non-stressed rats and those exposed to the chronic mild stress (CMS) rodent depression model, the latter modeling the hypodopaminergic state observed in patients with depression...
December 11, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221808/a-cannabinoid-receptor-antagonist-attenuates-ghrelin-induced-activation-of-the-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-in-mice
#15
Aimilia Lydia Kalafateli, Daniel Vallöf, Julia Winsa Jörnulf, Markus Heilig, Elisabet Jerlhag
Ghrelin has been attributed various physiological processes including food intake and reward regulation, through activation of the mesolimbic dopamine system. Reward modulation involves the mesolimbic dopamine system, consisting of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons targeting nucleus accumbens (NAc), a system that ghrelin activates through VTA-dependent mechanisms. In the first study, we found that systemic intraperitoneal (ip) administration of rimonabant attenuated intracerebroventricular (icv) ghrelin's ability to cause locomotor stimulation and NAc dopamine release in mice...
December 5, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196318/inactivation-of-nmda-receptors-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-during-cocaine-self-administration-prevents-glua1-up-regulation-but-with-paradoxical-increases-in-cocaine-seeking-behavior
#16
Daniel Guzman, Maria B Carreira, Allyson K Friedman, Megumi Adachi, Rachael L Neve, Lisa M Monteggia, Ming-Hu Han, Christopher W Cowan, David W Self
Cocaine self-administration increases expression of GluA1 subunits in ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons that subsequently enhance the motivation for cocaine. This increase in GluA1 may be dependent on concomitant NMDA receptor (NMDAR) activation during self-administration, similar to cocaine-induced LTP in the VTA. In this study, we used viral-mediated expression of a dominant negative GluN1 subunit (HSV-dnGluN1) in VTA neurons to study the effect of transient NMDAR inactivation on the GluA1 increases induced by chronic cocaine self-administration in male rats...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182612/nucleus-accumbens-local-field-potential-power-spectrums-phase-amplitude-couplings-and-coherences-following-morphine-treatment
#17
Chayaporn Reakkamnuan, Dania Cheaha, Ekkasit Kumarnsit
In the past decade, neural processing has been extensively studied in cognitive neuroscience. However, neural signaling in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) that might clarify reward process remained to be investigated. Male Swiss albino ICR mice implanted with intracranial electrodes into the NAc and the ventral tegmental area (VTA) were used for morphine administration and local field potential (LFP) recording. One-way ANOVA revealed significant increases in low (30.3-44.9 Hz) and high (60.5-95.7 Hz) gamma powers in the NAc following morphine administration (5 and 15 mg/kg, i...
2017: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180115/deletion-of-girk2-subunit-containing-girk-channels-of-neurons-expressing-dopamine-transporter-decrease-immobility-time-on-forced-swimming-in-mice
#18
Ikutaro Honda, Kimi Araki, Sokichi Honda, Fumio Soeda, Min-Chul Shin, Shogo Misumi, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Kazuo Takahama
We previously reported that non-narcotic antitussives possessing inhibitory actions on G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) channels have antidepressant-like effects in the forced swimming test in normal and adrenocoticotropic hormone (ACTH) treated rats. Furthermore, the antidepressant-like effects of the antitussives such as tipepidine were blocked by dopamine D1 receptor antagonist, and inhibitory actions on GIRK channels of dopamine neurons may be involved in the antidepressant-like effects of tipepidine...
November 24, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177188/%C3%AE-synuclein-dependent-calcium-entry-underlies-differential-sensitivity-of-cultured-sn-and-vta-dopaminergic-neurons-to-a-parkinsonian-neurotoxin
#19
Ori J Lieberman, Se Joon Choi, Ellen Kanter, Anastasia Saverchenko, Micah D Frier, Giulia M Fiore, Min Wu, Jyothisri Kondapalli, Enrico Zampese, D James Surmeier, David Sulzer, Eugene V Mosharov
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN). Although mitochondrial dysfunction and dysregulated α-synuclein (aSyn) expression are postulated to play a role in PD pathogenesis, it is still debated why neurons of the SN are targeted while neighboring dopaminergic neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are spared. Using electrochemical and imaging approaches, we investigated metabolic changes in cultured primary mouse midbrain dopaminergic neurons exposed to a parkinsonian neurotoxin, 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+)...
November 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165901/influence-of-ventral-tegmental-area-input-on-cortico-subcortical-networks-underlying-action-control-and-decision-making
#20
Anja Richter, Oliver Gruber
It is argued that the mesolimbic system has a more general function in processing all salient events, including and extending beyond rewards. Saliency was defined as an event that is unexpected due to its frequency of occurrence and elicits an attentional-behavioral switch. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), signals were measured in response to the modulation of salience of rewarding and nonrewarding events during a reward-based decision making task, the so called desire-reason dilemma paradigm (DRD)...
November 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
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