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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790622/effects-of-alcohol-exposure-on-the-glutamatergic-system-a-combined-longitudinal-18-f-fpeb-and-1-h-mrs-study-in-rats
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Bart de Laat, Akila Weerasekera, Gil Leurquin-Sterk, Willy Gsell, Guy Bormans, Uwe Himmelreich, Cindy Casteels, Koen Van Laere
In a longitudinal rat model of alcohol consumption, we showed that exposure to alcohol decreased the concentration of glutamate in the prefrontal cortex, whereas a normalization occurred during abstinence. 18F-FPEB PET scans revealed that pre-exposure mGluR5 availability in the nucleus accumbens was associated with future alcohol preference. Finally, alcohol exposure induced a decrease in mGluR5 availability in the bilateral hippocampus and amygdala compared with baseline, and in the hippocampus and striatum compared with saccharin (Figure)...
May 23, 2018: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790260/endogenous-glp-1-alters-postprandial-functional-connectivity-between-homeostatic-and-reward-related-brain-regions-involved-in-the-regulation-of-appetite-in-healthy-lean-males-a-pilot-study
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Anne Christin Meyer-Gerspach, Huynh Giao Ly, Stefan Borgwardt, Patrick Dupont, Christoph Beglinger, Lukas Van Oudenhove, Bettina K Wölnerhanssen
AIMS: Peripheral infusion of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) can affect brain activity in areas involved in the regulation of appetite, including hypothalamic and reward-related brain regions. In contrast, the physiological role of endogenous GLP-1 in the central regulation of appetite has hardly been investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed as randomized, cross-over trial. Twelve healthy volunteers received an intragastric (ig) glucose (gluc) load with or without intravenous (iv) exendin9-39 (ex9-39; specific GLP-1 receptor antagonist)...
May 22, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787792/age-dependent-alterations-in-expression-and-co-localization-of-pax6-and-ras-gap-in-brain-of-aging-mice
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Khushboo Srivastava, Ratnakar Tripathi, Rajnikant Mishra
As the brain ages, the survival and plasticity of neurons and glia are compromised. The data-mining and in silico studies suggest interactions of Pax6 with Ras and binding sites in Ras-GAP promoter. The Pax6 also shows age-dependent alterations. Therefore, it is presumed that Pax6 may be associated with the Ras-GAP, a synaptic protein, either directly or indirectly in brain. The expression, co-localization and interaction of Pax6 and Ras-GAP in different regions of brain of mice during aging were investigated through immunofluorescence assay, co-immunoprecipitation and western blotting, respectively...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787789/the-cognitive-up-and-down-regulation-of-positive-emotion-evidence-from-behavior-electrophysiology-and-neuroimaging
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Fenghua Li, Shouhang Yin, Pan Feng, Na Hu, Cody Ding, Antao Chen
Although numerous studies have investigated emotion regulation, the physiological responses and neural substrates of positive emotion regulation remain unclear. To address this question, we explored the effect of reappraisal on subjective experience, zygomatic electromyography (zEMG) response, and blood oxygen level response, using the same materials across three independent experiments. Behaviorally, up-regulating positive emotion increased the valence, arousal, and zEMG response, whereas down-regulating positive emotion decreased the valence, but not arousal or the zEMG response...
May 19, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787768/the-angiotensin-ii-type-i-receptor-antagonist-losartan-retards-amygdala-kindling-induced-epileptogenesis
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Toshiki Nozaki, Hiroyuki Ura, Ichiro Takumi, Shiro Kobayashi, Eiichi Maru, Akio Morita
Blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown and the subsequent exposure of the cerebral cortex to serum albumin are known to activate transforming growth factor β (TGF- β) signaling in astrocytes and to play key roles in epileptogenesis after brain injury. It was recently reported that the angiotensin II type I receptor antagonist losartan suppresses activation of TGF- β signaling and prevents epileptogenesis in a rat vascular injury model. Here, we investigated the effects of losartan on epileptogenesis following amygdala kindling in rats...
May 19, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786085/chronic-crh-depletion-from-gabaergic-long-range-projection-neurons-in-the-extended-amygdala-reduces-dopamine-release-and-increases-anxiety
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Nina Dedic, Claudia Kühne, Mira Jakovcevski, Jakob Hartmann, Andreas J Genewsky, Karina S Gomes, Elmira Anderzhanova, Max L Pöhlmann, Simon Chang, Adam Kolarz, Annette M Vogl, Julien Dine, Michael W Metzger, Bianca Schmid, Rafael C Almada, Kerry J Ressler, Carsten T Wotjak, Valery Grinevich, Alon Chen, Mathias V Schmidt, Wolfgang Wurst, Damian Refojo, Jan M Deussing
The interplay between corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and the dopaminergic system has predominantly been studied in addiction and reward, while CRH-dopamine interactions in anxiety are scarcely understood. We describe a new population of CRH-expressing, GABAergic, long-range-projecting neurons in the extended amygdala that innervate the ventral tegmental area and alter anxiety following chronic CRH depletion. These neurons are part of a distinct CRH circuit that acts anxiolytically by positively modulating dopamine release...
May 21, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781643/microstructural-integrity-of-a-pathway-connecting-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-amygdala-moderates-the-association-between-cognitive-reappraisal-and-negative-emotions
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Tracy C d'Arbeloff, M Justin Kim, Annchen R Knodt, Spenser R Radtke, Bartholomew D Brigidi, Ahmad R Hariri
Cognitive reappraisal is a commonly used form of emotion regulation that utilizes frontal-executive control to reframe an approaching emotional event to moderate its potential psychological impact. Use of cognitive reappraisal has been associated with diminished experience of anxiety and depressive symptoms, as well as greater overall well-being. Using data from a study of 647 healthy young adults, we provide initial evidence that an association between typical use of cognitive reappraisal in daily life and the experience of anxiety and depressive symptoms is moderated by the microstructural integrity of the uncinate fasciculus, which provides a major anatomical link between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex...
May 21, 2018: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779184/limbic-system-structure-volumes-and-associated-neurocognitive-functioning-in-former-nfl-players
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Christian Lepage, Marc Muehlmann, Yorghos Tripodis, Jakob Hufschmidt, Julie Stamm, Katie Green, Pawel Wrobel, Vivian Schultz, Isabelle Weir, Michael L Alosco, Christine M Baugh, Nathan G Fritts, Brett M Martin, Christine Chaisson, Michael J Coleman, Alexander P Lin, Ofer Pasternak, Nikos Makris, Robert A Stern, Martha E Shenton, Inga K Koerte
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease associated with exposure to repetitive head impacts. CTE has been linked to disruptions in cognition, mood, and behavior. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of CTE can only be made post-mortem. Neuropathological evidence suggests limbic structures may provide an opportunity to characterize CTE in the living. Using 3 T magnetic resonance imaging, we compared select limbic brain regional volumes - the amygdala, hippocampus, and cingulate gyrus - between symptomatic former National Football League (NFL) players (n = 86) and controls (n = 22)...
May 19, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778948/bioisosteres-of-ethyl-8-ethynyl-6-pyridin-2-yl-4h-benzo-f-imidazo-1-5-a-1-4-diazepine-3-carboxylate-hz-166-as-novel-alpha-2-3-selective-potentiators-of-gaba-a-receptors-improved-bioavailability-enhances-anticonvulsant-efficacy
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J M Witkin, J L Smith, X Ping, S D Gleason, M M Poe, G Li, X Jin, J Hobbs, J M Schkeryantz, J S McDermott, A I Alatorre, J N Siemian, J W Cramer, D C Airey, K R Methuku, V V N P B Tiruveedhula, T M Jones, J Crawford, M J Krambis, J L Fisher, J M Cook, R Cerne
HZ-166 has previously been characterized as an α2,3-selective GABAA receptor modulator with anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, and anti-nociceptive properties but reduced motor effects. We discovered a series of ester bioisosteres with reduced metabolic liabilities, leading to improved efficacy as anxiolytic-like compounds in rats. In the present study, we evaluated the anticonvulsant effects KRM-II-81 across several rodent models. In some models we also evaluated key structural analogs. KRM-II-81 suppressed hyper-excitation in a network of cultured cortical neurons without affecting the basal neuronal activity...
May 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778944/activation-and-blockade-of-basolateral-amygdala-5-ht-6-receptor-produce-anxiolytic-like-behaviors-in-an-experimental-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Yi-Na Sun, Lu Yao, Li-Bo Li, Yong Wang, Cheng-Xue Du, Yuan Guo, Jian Liu
Although the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and serotonin6 (5-HT6 ) receptor are involved in modulation of anxiety, their roles in Parkinson' disease (PD)-related anxiety are still unknown. Thus we perform this study to examine the involvement of BLA 5-HT6 receptor on anxiety in unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine-induced PD rats. The lesion of the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) induced anxiety-like behaviors, and decreased the basal firing rate of BLA glutamate neurons and dopamine (DA) levels in tissues of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), amygdala and ventral part of hippocampus (vHip) in rats...
May 17, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778917/favorite-odor-induces-negative-dream-emotion-during-rapid-eye-movement-sleep
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Satomi Okabe, Kazuhiko Fukuda, Hiroko Mochizuki-Kawai, Kazuo Yamada
OBJECTIVE: As connections between nightmares and various psychiatric disorders have been reported, the clinical significance of studying dream emotionality is now growing in importance. Because the olfactory bulb connects directly to the amygdala odor presentation may be a crucial tool to study dream emotions. Previous studies have demonstrated that presentation of positive/negative odors during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep affects various aspects of dreaming. Although olfactory perception can be influenced by personal experiences, the role of individual preferences in the effects of olfactory stimuli on dreaming has not yet been clarified...
April 19, 2018: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778804/emotion-introspection-and-regulation-in-depression
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Uwe Herwig, Sarah Opialla, Katja Cattapan, Thomas C Wetter, Lutz Jäncke, Annette B Brühl
Depressed patients suffer from an impairment to voluntarily influence and regulate their unpleasant emotional state. Strengthening the mental ability to interfere with dysfunctional emotion processing may be beneficial in treating depression. According to models of emotion processing this may be done by successful down-regulation of enhanced amygdala activity. We investigated short periods of intentional emotion-introspection compared with cognitive self-reflection as two domains of self-awareness in terms of effects on emotion regulation...
May 9, 2018: Psychiatry research. Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778459/bisphenol-a-inhibits-improvement-of-testosterone-in-anxiety-and-depression-like-behaviors-in-gonadectomied-male-mice
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Yvfeng Liang, Jiahong Li, Tao Jin, Ting Gu, Qingjie Zhu, Yizhong Hu, Yang Yang, Jisui Li, Donghong Wu, Kesheng Jiang, Xiaohong Xu
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a well-known environmental endocrine disruptor. Developmental exposure to BPA affected a variety of behaviors in multiple model organisms. Our recent study found that exposure to BPA during adulthood aggravated anxiety- and depression-like states in male mice but not in females. In this study, 11-w-old gonadectomied (GDX) male mice daily received subcutaneous injections of testosterone propionate (TP, 0.5 mg/kg), TP and BPA (0.04, 0.4, or 4 mg/kg), or vehicle for 45 days. BPA (0.4 or 4 mg/kg) did not affect the elevated plus maze task of GDX mice but shortened the time on open arms and decreased the frequency of head dips of sham and TP-GDX mice...
May 17, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775703/ultrastructural-characterization-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-and-neuropeptide-y-in-the-rat-locus-coeruleus-anatomical-evidence-for-putative-interactions
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Catherine C Theisen, Beverly A S Reyes, E L Sabban, Elisabeth J Van Bockstaele
As a neurochemical mediator of stress resilience, NPY has been shown to oppose excitatory effects of the pro-stress neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). Previous studies have described the anatomical organization of NPY and CRF in the central nucleus of the amygdala, which sends CRF projections to the locus coeruleus (LC), activating LC norepinephrine release. However, the cellular substrates for interactions between NPY and CRF in the LC remain unknown. In this study, we investigated these anatomical substrates in the male rat LC, using immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, and immunoelectron microscopy to detect NPY and CRF, as well as CRF and Y1 or Y2 receptors (Y1R or Y2R)...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775630/the-basolateral-amygdala-dopaminergic-system-contributes-to-the-improving-effect-of-nicotine-on-stress-induced-memory-impairment-in-rats
#15
Elnaz Keshavarzian, Zahra Ghasemzadeh, Ameneh Rezayof
Stress seems to be an important risk factor in the beginning and continuing stages of cigarette tobacco smoking in humans. Considering that both of nicotine administration and stress exposure affect cognitive functions including memory formation, the aim of the present study was 1) to evaluate the effect of subcutaneous (s.c.) administration of nicotine on memory formation under stress and 2) to assess the possible role of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) dopamine D1 and D2 receptors in the effect of nicotine on stress-induced memory retrieval impairment...
May 15, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775613/suppression-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-attenuates-stress-induced-depression-like-behavior-in-nlgn3-deficient-mice
#16
Ze-Qun Li, Zhi-Yuan Yan, Bo-Jun Lan, Yi-Qun Dong, Ye Xiong
Depression, regulated by central nervous system (CNS), is a significant inflammatory disorder. Neuroligin3 (NLGN3) has been implicated in brain functions. In the study, a chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model in wild type (WT) or NLGN3-knockout (KO) mice was established to explore the role of NLGN3 in regulating depression and to reveal the underlying molecular mechanism. The results indicated that NLGN3-knockout markedly reversed the loss of body weight, the reduction of sucrose consumption, the decrease of immobile time in the forced swimming tests (FST) and tail suspension tests (TST) induced by CUMS paradigm...
May 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774428/inter-individual-differences-in-serotonin-and-glutamate-co-transmission-reflect-differentiation-in-context-induced-conditioned-50-khz-usvs-response-after-morphine-withdrawal
#17
Adam Hamed, Miron Bartosz Kursa
A growing body of research provides compelling evidence that in rats 50-kHz USVs are a form of expression of positive emotions. Context-induced 50-kHz USVs emission is variable among rats, indicating individual differences in contextual response bound up with pharmacological reward. The aims of this study were to: extract the most important neurotransmitters related to context-induced conditioned 50-kHz USVs response; find biological basis of existing inter-individual differences in context-induced conditioned 50-kHz USVs response; create a model of all-to-all neurotransmitters correlations...
May 17, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773998/larger-gray-matter-volume-in-the-basal-ganglia-of-heavy-cannabis-users-detected-by-voxel-based-morphometry-and-subcortical-volumetric-analysis
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Ana Moreno-Alcázar, Begoña Gonzalvo, Erick J Canales-Rodríguez, Laura Blanco, Diana Bachiller, Anna Romaguera, Gemma C Monté-Rubio, Carlos Roncero, Peter J McKenna, Edith Pomarol-Clotet
Background: Structural imaging studies of cannabis users have found evidence of both cortical and subcortical volume reductions, especially in cannabinoid receptor-rich regions such as the hippocampus and amygdala. However, the findings have not been consistent. In the present study, we examined a sample of adult heavy cannabis users without other substance abuse to determine whether long-term use is associated with brain structural changes, especially in the subcortical regions. Method: We compared the gray matter volume of 14 long-term, heavy cannabis users with non-using controls...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773980/anatomical-inputs-from-the-sensory-and-value-structures-to-the-tail-of-the-rat-striatum
#19
Haiyan Jiang, Hyoung F Kim
The caudal region of the rodent striatum, called the tail of the striatum (TS), is a relatively small area but might have a distinct function from other striatal subregions. Recent primate studies showed that this part of the striatum has a unique function in encoding long-term value memory of visual objects for habitual behavior. This function might be due to its specific connectivity. We identified inputs to the rat TS and compared those with inputs to the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) in the same animals. The TS directly received anatomical inputs from both sensory structures and value-coding regions, but the DMS did not...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773974/orexin-a-differentially-influences-the-extinction-retention-of-recent-and-remote-fear-memory
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Le Shi, Wenhao Chen, Jiahui Deng, Sijing Chen, Ying Han, Muhammad Z Khan, Jiajia Liu, Jianyu Que, Yanping Bao, Lin Lu, Jie Shi
Recently the role of the orexin system in the learning and memory, especially orexin A, which could enhance fear memory through regulating the activity of amygdala, has drawn considerable attention. However, the relationship between orexin A and extinction memory remains unclear. To investigate the effect of orexin A on extinction memory in humans, we recruited 43 male subjects and divided them into a recent group and remote group. After acquiring Pavlovian fear conditioning, individuals in recent group experienced fear extinction 24 h after acquisition, and remote group underwent extinction 2 weeks later...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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