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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938084/the-evolving-understanding-of-dopamine-neurons-in-the-substantia-nigra-and-ventral-tegmental-area
#1
Stephanie C Gantz, Christopher P Ford, Hitoshi Morikawa, John T Williams
In recent years, the population of neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra (SN) has been examined at multiple levels. The results indicate that the projections, neurochemistry, and receptor and ion channel expression in this cell population vary widely. This review centers on the intrinsic properties and synaptic regulation that control the activity of dopamine neurons. Although all dopamine neurons fire action potentials in a pacemaker pattern in the absence of synaptic input, the intrinsic properties that underlie this activity differ considerably...
September 22, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930284/effects-of-intranasal-oxytocin-on-the-blood-oxygenation-level-dependent-signal-in-food-motivation-and-cognitive-control-pathways-in-overweight-and-obese-men
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Franziska Plessow, Dean A Marengi, Sylvia K Perry, Julia M Felicione, Rachel Franklin, Tara M Holmes, Laura M Holsen, Nikolaos Makris, Thilo Deckersbach, Elizabeth A Lawson
Recent research indicates that the hypothalamic neuropeptide hormone oxytocin is a key central nervous system factor in the regulation of food intake and weight. However, the mechanisms underlying the anorexigenic effects of oxytocin in humans are unknown and critical to study in order to consider oxytocin as a neurohormonal weight loss treatment. We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study with single-dose intranasal oxytocin (24 IU) in ten overweight or obese, otherwise healthy men...
September 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928638/affective-circuitry-alterations-in-patients-with-trigeminal-neuralgia
#3
Dave J Hayes, David Q Chen, Jidan Zhong, Ariel Lin, Brendan Behan, Matthew Walker, Mojgan Hodaie
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a severe chronic neuropathic facial pain disorder. Affect-related behavioral and structural brain changes have been noted across chronic pain disorders, but have not been well-studied in TN. We examined the potential impact of TN (37 patients: 23 with right-sided TN, 14 with left-sided TN), compared to age- and sex-matched healthy controls, on three major white matter tracts responsible for carrying affect-related signals-i.e., cingulum, fornix, and medial forebrain bundle. Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI), deterministic multi-tensor tractography for tract modeling, and a model-driven region-of-interest approach was used...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919537/neuroprotective-effect-of-curcumin-i-in-copper-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity-in-rats-a-possible-link-with-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Abdellatif Abbaoui, Hicham Chatoui, Omar El Hiba, Halima Gamrani
Numerous findings indicate an involvement of heavy metals in the neuropathology of several neurodegenerative disorders, especially Parkinson's disease (PD). Previous studies have demonstrated that Copper (Cu) exhibits a potent neurotoxic effect on dopaminergic neurons and triggers profound neurobehavioral alterations. Curcumin is a major component of Curcuma longa rhizomes and a powerful medicinal plant that exerts many pharmacological effects. However, the neuroprotective action of curcumin on Cu-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity is yet to be investigated...
September 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916503/altered-serotonergic-and-gabaergic-neurotransmission-in-a-mice-model-of-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Christine Winter, Dana M Greene, Paraskevi Mavrogiorgou, Helge Schaper, Reinhard Sohr, Abel Bult-Ito, Georg Juckel
There is ample evidence that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is based on reduced serotonergic function. Replicated bidirectional selection for thermoregulatory nest-building behavior in the laboratory house mouse (Mus musculus) resulted in compulsive-like, non-compulsive-like and randomly bred control mice that represent a non-induced animal model of OCD. The present study aimed at investigating the neurochemical patterns in specific brain regions of compulsive-like (HA) versus non-compulsive-like (LA) and normal (CA) mice...
September 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901722/%C3%AE-6-subunit-containing-nicotinic-receptors-mediate-low-dose-ethanol-effects-on-ventral-tegmental-area-neurons-and-ethanol-reward
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Scott C Steffensen, Samuel I Shin, Ashley C Nelson, Stephanie S Pistorius, Stephanie B Williams, Taylor J Woodward, Hyun Jung Park, Lindsey Friend, Ming Gao, Fenfei Gao, Devin H Taylor, M Foster Olive, Jeffrey G Edwards, Sterling N Sudweeks, Lori M Buhlman, J Michael McIntosh, Jie Wu
Dopamine (DA) neuron excitability is regulated by inhibitory GABAergic synaptic transmission and modulated by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of α6 subunit-containing nAChRs (α6*-nAChRs) in acute ethanol effects on ventral tegmental area (VTA) GABA and DA neurons. α6*-nAChRs were visualized on GABA terminals on VTA GABA neurons, and α6*-nAChR transcripts were expressed in most DA neurons, but only a minority of VTA GABA neurons from GAD67 GFP mice...
September 13, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900286/adolescent-thc-exposure-causes-enduring-prefrontal-cortical-disruption-of-gabaergic-inhibition-and-dysregulation-of-sub-cortical-dopamine-function
#7
Justine Renard, Hanna J Szkudlarek, Cecilia P Kramar, Christina E L Jobson, Kyra Moura, Walter J Rushlow, Steven R Laviolette
Chronic adolescent marijuana use has been linked to the later development of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia. GABAergic hypofunction in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a cardinal pathological feature of schizophrenia and may be a mechanism by which the PFC loses its ability to regulate sub-cortical dopamine (DA) resulting in schizophrenia-like neuropsychopathology. In the present study, we exposed adolescent rats to Δ-9-tetra-hydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana. At adulthood, we characterized the functionality of PFC GABAergic neurotransmission and its regulation of sub-cortical DA function using molecular, behavioral and in-vivo electrophysiological analyses...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894175/sexual-congruency-in-the-connectome-and-translatome-of-vta-dopamine-neurons
#8
Amanda S Chung, Samara M Miller, Yanjun Sun, Xiangmin Xu, Larry S Zweifel
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine system is important for reward, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Dysfunctions in the dopamine system are linked to multiple neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, many of which present with sex differences. Little is known about the extent of heterogeneity in the basic organization of VTA dopamine neurons with regard to sex. Here, we characterized the cell-specific connectivity of VTA dopamine neurons, their mRNA translational profile, and basic electrophysiological characteristics in a common strain of mice...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890691/predicting-intentions-of-a-familiar-significant-other-beyond-the-mirror-neuron-system
#9
Stephanie Cacioppo, Elsa Juan, George Monteleone
Inferring intentions of others is one of the most intriguing issues in interpersonal interaction. Theories of embodied cognition and simulation suggest that this mechanism takes place through a direct and automatic matching process that occurs between an observed action and past actions. This process occurs via the reactivation of past self-related sensorimotor experiences within the inferior frontoparietal network (including the mirror neuron system, MNS). The working model is that the anticipatory representations of others' behaviors require internal predictive models of actions formed from pre-established, shared representations between the observer and the actor...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890208/role-of-orexin-receptors-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-on-acquisition-and-expression-of-morphine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-the-rats
#10
Sharareh Farahimanesh, Shahram Zarrabian, Abbas Haghparast
The orexins are hypothalamic neuropeptides and their role in reward processing and drug addiction has been demonstrated. The extent of involvement of each orexin receptor in the acquisition and expression of conditioned place preference (CPP) for morphine is still a matter of controversy. We investigated the functional differences between orexin-1 and -2 receptor blockade in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) on the acquisition and expression of morphine CPP. A total of 86 adult male Wistar rats weighing 250±30g (age 7-8weeks) received intra-VTA microinjection of either SB334867 (0...
September 4, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885682/selective-targeting-of-m-type-potassium-channel-kv7-4-demonstrates-its-key-role-in-regulating-of-dopaminergic-neuronal-excitability-and-depression-like-behaviour
#11
Li Li, Hui Sun, Jie Ding, Chenxu Niu, Min Su, Ludi Zhang, Yingmin Li, Chuan Wang, Nikita Gamper, Xiaona Du, Hailin Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system originating in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) is implicated in the development of depression, and firing patterns of VTA DA neurons are key determinants in this process. Here, we describe a crucial role of the M-type potassium channel Kv7.4 in modulation of VTA DA neuronal excitability and in the development of depressive behaviour in mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We used Kv7.4 knock-out mice and a social defeat model of depression in combination with various electrophysiological techniques (patch clamp recording and in vivo single unit recordings), immunohistochemistry, single-cell PCR and behavioural analyses (social interaction time and glucose preference tests) to investigate VTA circuits involved in development of depression-like behaviour...
September 8, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883785/early-postnatal-but-not-late-adult-neurogenesis-is-impaired-in-the-pitx3-mutant-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Moritz D Brandt, Diana Krüger-Gerlach, Andreas Hermann, Anne K Meyer, Kwang-Soo Kim, Alexander Storch
The generation of new neurons in the adult dentate gyrus has functional implications for hippocampal formation. Reduced hippocampal neurogenesis has been described in various animal models of hippocampal dysfunction such as dementia and depression, which are both common non-motor-symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). As dopamine plays an important role in regulating precursor cell proliferation, the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) in PD may be related to the reduced neurogenesis observed in the neurogenic regions of the adult brain: subventricular zone (SVZ) and dentate gyrus (DG)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860971/a-new-insight-into-the-role-of-cart-in-cocaine-reward-involvement-of-camkii-and-inhibitory-g-protein-coupled-receptor-signaling
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ChengPeng Yu, XiaoYan Zhou, Qiang Fu, QingHua Peng, Ki-Wan Oh, ZhenZhen Hu
Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptides are neuropeptides that are expressed in brain regions associated with reward, such as the nucleus accumbens (NAc), and play a role in cocaine reward. Injection of CART into the NAc can inhibit the behavioral effects of cocaine, and injecting CART into the ventral tegmental area (VTA) reduces cocaine-seeking behavior. However, the exact mechanism of these effects is not clear. Recent research has demonstrated that Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and inhibitory G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling are involved in the mechanism of the effect of CART on cocaine reward...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859110/junk-food-diet-induced-obesity-increases-d2-receptor-autoinhibition-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-reduces-ethanol-drinking
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Jason B Cook, Linzy M Hendrickson, Grant M Garwood, Kelsey M Toungate, Christina V Nania, Hitoshi Morikawa
Similar to drugs of abuse, the hedonic value of food is mediated, at least in part, by the mesostriatal dopamine (DA) system. Prolonged intake of either high calorie diets or drugs of abuse both lead to a blunting of the DA system. Most studies have focused on DAergic alterations in the striatum, but little is known about the effects of high calorie diets on ventral tegmental area (VTA) DA neurons. Since high calorie diets produce addictive-like DAergic adaptations, it is possible these diets may increase addiction susceptibility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857071/oleic-acid-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-inhibits-feeding-food-reward-and-dopamine-tone
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Cecile Hryhorczuk, Zhenyu Sheng, Léa Décarie-Spain, Nicolas Giguère, Charles Ducrot, Louis-Éric Trudeau, Vanessa Routh, Thierry Alquier, Stephanie Fulton
Long-chain fatty acids (FA) act centrally to decrease food intake and hepatic glucose production and alter hypothalamic neuronal activity in a manner that depends on FA type and cellular transport proteins. However, it is not known if FA are sensed by ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine (DA) neurons to control food-motivated behavior and DA neurotransmission. We investigated the impact of the monounsaturated FA oleate in the VTA on feeding, locomotion, food reward and DA neuronal activity and DA neuron expression of FA handling proteins and FA uptake...
August 31, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857068/anti-manic-efficacy-of-a-novel-kv3-potassium-channel-modulator
#16
Puja K Parekh, Michelle M Sidor, Andrea Gillman, Darius Becker-Krail, Letizia Bettelini, Roberto Arban, Giuseppe S Alvaro, Erika Zambello, Chiara Mutinelli, Yanhua Huang, Charles H Large, Colleen A McClung
Kv3.1 and Kv3.2 voltage-gated potassium channels are expressed on parvalbumin-positive GABAergic interneurons in corticolimbic brain regions and contribute to high frequency neural firing. The channels are also expressed on GABAergic neurons of the basal ganglia, substantia nigra, and ventral tegmental area (VTA) where they regulate firing patterns critical for movement control, reward, and motivation. Modulation of Kv3.1 and Kv3.2 channels may therefore have potential in the treatment of disorders in which these systems have been implicated, such as bipolar disorder...
August 31, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837419/impairments-in-laterodorsal-tegmentum-to-vta-projections-underlie-glucocorticoid-triggered-reward-deficits
#17
Bárbara Coimbra, Carina Soares-Cunha, Sónia Borges, Nivaldo Ap Vasconcelos, Nuno Sousa, Ana João Rodrigues
Ventral tegmental area (VTA) activity is critical for reward/reinforcement and is tightly modulated by the laterodorsal tegmentum (LDT). In utero exposure to glucocorticoids (iuGC) triggers prominent motivation deficits but nothing is known about the impact of this exposure in the LDT-VTA circuit. We show that iuGC-rats have long-lasting changes in cholinergic markers in the LDT, together with a decrease in LDT basal neuronal activity. Interestingly, upon LDT stimulation, iuGC animals present a decrease in the magnitude of excitation and an increase in VTA inhibition, as a result of a shift in the type of cells that respond to the stimulus...
August 24, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834751/neurotensin-receptor-1-identifies-a-subset-of-ventral-tegmental-dopamine-neurons-that-coordinates-energy-balance
#18
Hillary L Woodworth, Hannah M Batchelor, Bethany G Beekly, Raluca Bugescu, Juliette A Brown, Gizem Kurt, Patrick M Fuller, Gina M Leinninger
Dopamine (DA) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are heterogeneous and differentially regulate ingestive and locomotor behaviors that affect energy balance. Identification of which VTA DA neurons mediate behaviors that limit weight gain has been hindered, however, by the lack of molecular markers to distinguish VTA DA populations. Here, we identified a specific subset of VTA DA neurons that express neurotensin receptor-1 (NtsR1) and preferentially comprise mesolimbic, but not mesocortical, DA neurons...
August 22, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831923/the-food-and-drug-addiction-epidemic-targeting-dopamine-homeostasis
#19
Kenneth Blum, Panayotis K Thanos, Gene-Jack Wang, Marcelo Febo, Zsolt Demetrovics, Edward Justin Modestino, Eric R Braverman, David Baron, Rajendra D Badgaiyan, Mark S Gold
Obesity is damaging the lives of more than 300 million people worldwide and maintaining a healthy weight using popular weight loss tactics remains a very difficult undertaking. Managing the obesity problem seems within reach, as better understanding develops, of the function of our genome in drug/nutrient responses. Strategies indicated by this understanding of nutriepigenomics and neurogenetics in the treatment and prevention of metabolic syndrome and obesity include moderation of mRNA expression by DNA methylation, and inhibition of histone deacetylation...
August 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828398/poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-1-parp-1-induction-by-cocaine-is-post-transcriptionally-regulated-by-mir-125b
#20
Sabyasachi Dash, Muthukumar Balasubramaniam, Tanu Rana, Arthur Godino, Emily G Peck, Jeffery Shawn Goodwin, Fernando Villalta, Erin S Calipari, Eric J Nestler, Chandravanu Dash, Jui Pandhare
Cocaine exposure alters gene expression in the brain via methylation and acetylation of histones along with methylation of DNA. Recently, poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) catalyzed PARylation has been reported as an important regulator of cocaine-mediated gene expression. In this study, we report that the cellular microRNA "miR-125b" plays a key role for cocaine-induced PARP-1 expression. Acute and chronic cocaine exposure resulted in the downregulation of miR-125b concurrent with upregulation of PARP-1 in dopaminergic neuronal cells and nucleus accumbens (NAc) of mice but not in the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC) or ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
July 2017: ENeuro
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