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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149481/neuroprotective-effects-of-melatonin-on-amphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-fiber-degeneration-in-the-hippocampus-of-postnatal-rats
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Tanawan Leeboonngam, Ratchadaporn Pramong, Kwankanit Sae-Ung, Piyarat Govitrapong, Pansiri Phansuwan-Pujito
Chronic amphetamine (AMPH) abuse leads to damage of the hippocampus, the brain area associated with learning and memory process. Previous results have shown that AMPH-induced dopamine neurotransmitter release, reactive oxygen species formation and degenerative protein aggregation lead to neuronal death. Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, plays a role as a neuroprotective agent. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the protective effect of melatonin on AMPH-induced hippocampal damage in the postnatal rat acts through the dopaminergic pathway...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146239/innately-activated-tlr4-signal-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-is-sustained-by-crf-amplification-loop-and-regulates-impulsivity
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Irina Balan, Kaitlin T Warnock, Adam Puche, Marjorie C Gondre-Lewis, Laure Aurelian
Cognitive impulsivity is a heritable trait believed to represent the behavior that defines the volition to initiate alcohol drinking. We have previously shown that a neuronal Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signal located in the central amygdala (CeA) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) controls the initiation of binge drinking in alcohol-preferring P rats, and TLR4 expression is upregulated by alcohol-induced corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) at these sites. However, the function of the TLR4 signal in the nucleus accumbens shell (NAc-shell), a site implicated in the control of reward, drug-seeking behavior and impulsivity and the contribution of other signal-associated genes, are still poorly understood...
November 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142291/resveratrol-modulates-cocaine-induced-inhibitory-synaptic-plasticity-in-vta-dopamine-neurons-by-inhibiting-phosphodiesterases-pdes
#3
Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Li Zhao, Fanxing Zeng, Qing-Song Liu
Resveratrol is a natural phytoalexin synthesized by plants, including grapes. It displays a wide range of neuroprotective benefits associated with anti-aging. Recent studies have shown that resveratrol regulates dopaminergic transmission and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse. The goal of the present study is to investigate whether and how resveratrol alters basal inhibitory synaptic transmission and cocaine-induced inhibitory synaptic plasticity in dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). We report that resveratrol elevated cAMP levels by itself and further potentiated a forskolin-induced increase in cAMP levels in midbrain slices, consistent with reported effects of inhibition of phosphodiesterases (PDEs)...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138105/adrenergic-receptor-agonists-modulation-of-dopaminergic-and-non-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
#4
Kamil Pradel, Tomasz Blasiak, Wojciech B Solecki
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) neuronal population consists of dopaminergic (DAergic) and non-DAergic neurons (mainly GABAergic), the activity of which is intertwined with VTA behavioural functions. Both DAergic and GABAergic neurons in the VTA have been shown to express adrenergic receptors (ARs) and respond to AR stimulation. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the effects of selective AR agonists on DAergic and non-DAergic neuronal activity in the central and lateral parts of the VTA using in vivo electrophysiological recording combined with microiontophoretic drug application in anaesthetized rats...
November 11, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137945/the-effects-of-local-microinjection-of-selective-dopamine-d1-and-d2-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-into-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-on-sleep-and-wakefulness-in-the-rat
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Jaime M Monti, Héctor Jantos
The effects of the dopamine (DA) D1 and D2 receptor agonists SKF38393, bromocriptine and quinpirole, respectively, on spontaneous sleep were analyzed in adult rats prepared for chronic sleep recordings. Local administration of the DAergic agonists into the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) during the light phase of the light-dark cycle induced a significant reduction of rapid-eye movement sleep (REMS) and the number of REM periods. Additionally, bromocriptine and quinpirole significantly increased wakefulness (W)...
November 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133763/effects-of-melatonin-levels-on-neurotoxicity-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Yan Li, Shu-Mei Wang, Lei Guo, Jian Zhu, Ying Wang, Lei Li, Yan-Xin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Damage of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) results in similar characteristics to the cognitive deficiency seen with the progress of Parkinson's disease (PD). Since the course of mPFC damage is still unclear, our study aimed to investigate the effects of melatonin (MT) on neurotoxicity in the mPFC of a rat model of PD. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-four normal, male Wistar rats were randomly divided into the following five groups: normal + normal saline (NS), normal + 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), sham pinealectomy (PX) + 6-OHDA, PX + 6-OHDA, and MT + 6-OHDA...
November 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127598/gaba-uptake-inhibition-reduces-in-vivo-extraction-fraction-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-of-long-evans-rats-measured-by-quantitative-microdialysis-under-transient-conditions
#7
Shannon L Zandy, Rueben A Gonzales
Inhibitory signaling in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) is involved in the mechanism of action for many drugs of abuse. Although drugs of abuse have been shown to alter extracellular γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) concentration in the VTA, knowledge on how uptake mechanisms are regulated in vivo is limited. Quantitative (no-net-flux) microdialysis is commonly used to examine the extracellular concentration and clearance of monoamine neurotransmitters, however it is unclear whether this method is sensitive to changes in clearance for amino acid neurotransmitters such as GABA...
November 10, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114204/acute-ethanol-administration-upregulates-synaptic-%C3%AE-4-subunit-of-neuronal-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-within-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-amygdala
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Josephine R Tarren, Henry A Lester, Arnauld Belmer, Selena E Bartlett
Alcohol and nicotine are two of the most frequently abused drugs, with their comorbidity well described. Previous data show that chronic exposure to nicotine upregulates high-affinity nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in several brain areas. Effects of ethanol on specific brain nAChR subtypes within the mesolimbic dopaminergic (DA) pathway may be a key element in the comorbidity of ethanol and nicotine. However, it is unknown how alcohol affects the abundance of these receptor proteins. In the present study, we measured the effect of acute binge ethanol on nAChR α4 subunit levels in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), nucleus accumbens (NAc), ventral tegmental area (VTA), and amygdala (Amg) by western blot analysis using a knock-in mouse line, generated with a normally functioning α4 nAChR subunit tagged with yellow fluorescent protein (YFP)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113897/long-lasting-effects-of-chronic-win55-212-2-treatment-on-mesostriatal-dopaminergic-and-cannabinoid-systems-in-the-rat-brain
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Panagiotis Perdikaris, Martha Tsarouchi, Eleni Fanarioti, Evangelos Natsaridis, Ada Mitsacos, Panagiotis Giompres
Cannabinoid administration modulates dopamine transmission via an indirect, multisynaptic mechanism that includes the activation of cannabinoid type-1 receptor (CB1R). The present study evaluated in rodents, the effects of acute and chronic (20 days) WIN55,212-2 administration, a non-selective CB1R agonist, on dopamine uptake and synthesis in the mesolimbic and nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathways and associate them to its effects on the endocannabinoid system. The effect of spontaneous withdrawal, after different abstinence periods (7 days, 20 days), was also assessed...
November 4, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111478/verbal-working-memory-and-functional-large-scale-networks-in-schizophrenia
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Maria R Dauvermann, Thomas Wj Moorhead, Andrew R Watson, Barbara Duff, Liana Romaniuk, Jeremy Hall, Neil Roberts, Graham L Lee, Zoë A Hughes, Nicholas J Brandon, Brandon Whitcher, Douglas Hr Blackwood, Andrew M McIntosh, Stephen M Lawrie
The aim of this study was to test whether bilinear and nonlinear effective connectivity (EC) measures of working memory fMRI data can differentiate between patients with schizophrenia (SZ) and healthy controls (HC). We applied bilinear and nonlinear Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) for the analysis of verbal working memory in 16 SZ and 21 HC. The connection strengths with nonlinear modulation between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and the ventral tegmental area/substantia nigra (VTA/SN) were evaluated...
October 23, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107956/estradiol-increases-the-sensitivity-of-ventral-tegmental-area-dopamine-neurons-to-dopamine-and-ethanol
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Bertha J Vandegrift, Chang You, Rosalba Satta, Mark S Brodie, Amy W Lasek
Gender differences in psychiatric disorders such as addiction may be modulated by the steroid hormone estrogen. For instance, 17β-estradiol (E2), the predominant form of circulating estrogen in pre-menopausal females, increases ethanol consumption, suggesting that E2 may affect the rewarding properties of ethanol and thus the development of alcohol use disorder in females. The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is critically involved in the rewarding and reinforcing effects of ethanol. In order to determine the role of E2 in VTA physiology, gonadally intact female mice were sacrificed during diestrus II (high E2) or estrus (low E2) for electrophysiology recordings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107581/developmental-estrogen-exposures-and-disruptions-to-maternal-behavior-and-brain-effects-of-ethinyl-estradiol-a-common-positive-control
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Mary C Catanese, Laura N Vandenberg
Due of its structural similarity to the endogenous estrogen 17β-estradiol (E2), the synthetic estrogen 17α-ethinyl estradiol (EE2) is widely used to study the effects of estrogenic substances on sensitive organs at multiple stages of development. Here, we investigated the effects of EE2 on maternal behavior and the maternal brain in females exposed during gestation and the perinatal period. We assessed several components of maternal behavior including nesting behavior and pup retrieval; characterized the expression of estrogen receptor (ER)α in the medial preoptic area (MPOA), a brain region critical for the display of maternal behavior; and measured expression of tyrosine hydroxylase, a marker for dopaminergic cells, in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a brain region important in maternal motivation...
October 28, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100904/nicotine-induced-creb-and-deltafosb-activity-is-modified-by-caffeine-in-the-brain-reward-system-of-the-rat
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Przemysław Kowiański, Grażyna Lietzau, Aleksandra Steliga, Ewelina Czuba, Beata Ludkiewicz, Monika Waśkow, Jan H Spodnik, Janusz Moryś
Coffee and nicotine consumption are frequently combined, indicating possible intensifying effect of caffeine on smoking behavior, although neurobiological background of this phenomenon remains unknown. We aimed at determining the effect of caffeine and nicotine, applied separately or simultaneously, on activation of six structures of the brain reward system: nucleus accumbens (NAc), ventral tegmental area (VTA), amygdala (Amg), hippocampus (Hip), medial prefrontal cortex (mPfr) and dorsal striatum (CdP) in the adult male Wistar rats...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100664/tyrosine-hydroxylase-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-of-rams-with-high-or-low-libido-a-role-for-dopamine
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A C Kramer, A J Mirto, K J Austin, C E Roselli, B M Alexander
Dopamine synthesis in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) is necessary for the reinforcement of sexual behavior. The objective of this study determined if sexual stimuli initiates reward, and whether reward is attenuated in sexually inactive rams. Sexually active rams were exposed to urine from estrous (n=4) or ovariectomized (n=3) ewes with inactive rams (n=3) exposed to urine from estrous ewes. Following exposure, rams were exsanguinated and brains perfused. Alternating sections of the VTA were stained for Fos related antigens (FRA), tyrosine hydroxylase, and dopamine beta-hydroxylase activity...
October 31, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094432/mu-opioid-receptors-in-gabaergic-neurons-of-the-forebrain-promote-alcohol-reward-and-drinking
#15
Sami Ben Hamida, Laura-Joy Boulos, Michael McNicholas, Pauline Charbogne, Brigitte Lina Kieffer
Mu opioid receptors (MORs) are widely distributed throughout brain reward circuits and their role in drug and social reward is well established. Substantial evidence has implicated MOR and the endogenous opioid system in alcohol reward, but circuit mechanisms of MOR-mediated alcohol reward and intake behavior remain elusive, and have not been investigated by genetic approaches. We recently created conditional knockout (KO) mice targeting the Oprm1 gene in GABAergic forebrain neurons. These mice (Dlx-MOR KO) show a major MOR deletion in the striatum, whereas receptors in midbrain (including the Ventral Tegmental Area or VTA) and hindbrain are intact...
November 2, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093348/the-role-of-dopaminergic-signaling-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-for-the-expression-of-cocaine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-rats
#16
Fumiya Shinohara, Hironori Kamii, Masabumi Minami, Katsuyuki Kaneda
The expression phase of cocaine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) represents a cocaine-seeking behavior triggered by contextual cues associated with the rewarding effects of cocaine. However, the exact mechanisms underlying the cocaine CPP expression remain unclear. Here, we investigated the role of dopaminergic (DAergic) transmission in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) for the expression of cocaine CPP. An intra-ventral tegmental area (VTA) injection of a cocktail of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)B and GABAA receptor agonists (baclofen and muscimol, respectively) immediately before the posttest inhibited the expression of cocaine CPP...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089444/pre-synaptic-regulation-of-leptin-in-a-defined-lateral-hypothalamus-ventral-tegmental-area-neurocircuitry-depends-on-energy-state
#17
Jing-Jing Liu, Nicholas T Bello, Zhiping P Pang
Synaptic transmission controls information flow in the brain and expression of all brain-related behaviors, including food intake. Leptin, an adipocyte-derived hormone, acts on neurons located in the lateral hypothalamus (LHA) to maintain energy homeostasis and regulate food intake behavior. The specific synaptic mechanisms, cell types and neural projections mediating this effect remain unclear. In male mice, using pathway-specific retrograde tracing, whole cell patch clamp recordings and posthoc cell type identification, we found that leptin reduces excitatory synaptic strength onto both melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) and orexin-expressing neurons projecting from the LHA to the ventral tegmental area (VTA), which may affect dopamine signaling and motivation for feeding...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076919/bdnf-mediated-projection-specific-regulation-of-depressive-like-and-nociceptive-behaviors-in-mesolimbic-reward-circuitry
#18
Di Liu, Qian-Qian Tang, Cui Yin, Yu Song, Yan Liu, Jun-Xia Yang, He Liu, Yue- Man Zhang, Si-Yin Wu, Ying Song, Barbara Juarez, Hai-Lei Ding, Ming-Hu Han, Hongxing Zhang, Jun-Li Cao
Increasing evidence suggests that mesolimbic reward system plays critical roles in the regulation of depression and nociception; however, its circuitry and cellular mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the output-specific regulatory roles of dopaminergic (DA) neurons within the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in depressive-like and nociceptive behaviors in mice subjected to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CMS), using the projection-specific electrophysiological recording, pharmacological manipulation, behavioral test, and molecular biology technologies...
October 13, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075568/divergent-anomaly-in-mesocorticolimbic-dopaminergic-circuits-might-be-associated-with-different-depressive-behaviors-an-animal-study
#19
Mei Bai, Xiongzhao Zhu, Li Zhang, Yi Zhang, Liang Xue, Yuting Wang, Mingtian Zhong, Xiuwu Zhang
BACKGROUND: The mesocorticolimbic dopamine system, which originates from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and projects primarily to the prefrontal cortex (PFC), olfactory tubercle (OT), nucleus accumbens (NAc), dorsal striatum (ST), and the amygdala (AMy), plays a pivotal role in determining individual motivation and sensitivity to rewards, namely, anhedonia. Not all depressive individuals exhibited anhedonia, thus, it is natural to speculate that the heterogenous manifestations of depression might be related to the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system...
October 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057540/differential-actions-of-amp-kinase-on-k-atp-currents-in-ventral-tegmental-area-and-substantia-nigra-zona-compacta-neurons
#20
Yan-Na Wu, Ke-Zhong Shen, Steven W Johnson
ATP-sensitive K(+) (K-ATP) channels play significant roles in regulating the excitability of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra zona compacta (SNC). We showed previously that K-ATP channel function is up-regulated by AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). The current study extended these studies to the neurons adjacent to the SNC in the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Using patch pipettes to record whole-cell currents in slices of rat midbrain, we found that the AMPK activator A769662 increased the amplitude of currents evoked by the K-ATP channel opener diazoxide in presumed dopamine-containing VTA neurons...
October 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
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