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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527719/involvement-of-serotonin-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-in-thermoregulation-of-freely-moving-rats
#1
Takayuki Ishiwata, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Benjamin N Greenwood
We have recently reported that the serotonin (5-HT) projections from the midbrain's raphe nuclei that contains 5-HT cell bodies may play a role both in heat production and in heat loss. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the involvement of 5-HT in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), where 5-HT is suggested to participate in thermoregulation, using the combined methods of telemetry, microdialysis, and high performance liquid chromatography, with a special emphasis on regulation of the body temperature (Tb) in freely moving rats...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523568/role-of-dopamine-projections-from-ventral-tegmental-area-to-nucleus-accumbens-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-reinforcement-behaviors-assessed-using-optogenetic-manipulation
#2
Xiao Han, Man-Yi Jing, Tai-Yun Zhao, Ning Wu, Rui Song, Jin Li
Dopamine (DA) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are predicted to play important roles in reward. In pharmacological studies, the rewarding effects of methamphetamine are mediated by DA neurons localized in the VTA. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) and medial prefrontal cortices (mPFC) are the main projections from the VTA. However, the role of these projections remains unclear, particularly the mPFC projections. In the present study, DAT-Cre transgenic mice received an injection of adeno-associated viral vectors encoding channelrhodopsin2 (ChR2) or control vector into the VTA resulting in the selective expression of these opsins in DA neurons...
May 19, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510270/mouse-fgf8-cre-lacz-lineage-analysis-defines-the-territory-of-the-postnatal-mammalian-isthmus
#3
Charles Watson, Tomomi Shimogori, Luis Puelles
The isthmus is recognized as the most rostral segment of the hindbrain in non-mammalian vertebrates . In mammalian embryos, transient Fgf8 expression defines the developing isthmic region, lying between the midbrain and the first rhombomere, but there has been uncertainty about the existence of a distinct isthmic segment in postnatal mammals. We attempted to find if the region of early embryonic Fgf8 expression (which is considered to involve the entire extent of the prospective isthmus initially) might help to identify the boundaries of the isthmus in postnatal animals...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509375/chronic-nicotine-induced-changes-in-gene-expression-of-delta-and-kappa-opioid-receptors-and-their-endogenous-ligands-in-the-mesocorticolimbic-system-of-the-rat
#4
Muzeyyen Ugur, Egemen Kaya, Oguz Gozen, Ersin O Koylu, Lutfiye Kanit, Aysegul Keser, Burcu Balkan
Delta and kappa opioid receptors (DOR and KOR, respectively) and their endogenous ligands, proenkephalin (PENK) and prodynorphin (PDYN)-derived opioid peptides are proposed as important mediators of nicotine reward. The present study investigated the regulatory effect of chronic nicotine treatment on the gene expression of DOR, KOR, PENK and PDYN in the mesocorticolimbic system. Three groups of rats were injected subcutaneously with nicotine at doses of 0.2, 0.4 or 0.6 mg/kg/day for six days. Rats were decapitated one hour after the last dose on day six, as this timing coincides with increased dopamine release in the mesocorticolimbic system...
May 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506618/the-ptz-kindling-mouse-model-of-epilepsy-exhibits-exploratory-drive-deficits-and-aberrant-vta-dopamine-neuron-activity-in-both-familiar-and-novel-space
#5
Mahboubeh Ahmadi, Jean-Philippe Dufour, Erich Seifritz, Javad Mirnajafi-Zadeh, Bechara J Saab
Recurrent seizures that define epilepsy are often accompanied by psychosocial problems and cognitive deficits with incompletely understood aetiology. We therefore used the pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) kindling model of epilepsy in mice to examine potential seizure-associated neuropathologies, focusing on motivation, memory and novel-environment-induced activation of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. In addition to recurrent seizures, we found that PTZ kindling led to a strong suppression of novelty-driven exploration while largely sparing fear-driven exploration...
May 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502844/a-novel-approach-to-map-induced-activation-of-neuronal-networks-using-chemogenetics-and-functional-neuroimaging-in-rats-a-proof-of-concept-study-on-the-mesocorticolimbic-system
#6
Theresia J M Roelofs, Jeroen P H Verharen, Geralda A F van Tilborg, Linde Boekhoudt, Annette van der Toorn, Johannes W de Jong, Mieneke C M Luijendijk, Willem M Otte, Roger A H Adan, Rick M Dijkhuizen
Linking neural circuit activation at whole-brain level to neuronal activity at cellular level remains one of the major challenges in neuroscience research. We set up a novel functional neuroimaging approach to map global effects of locally induced activation of specific midbrain projection neurons using chemogenetics (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADD)-technology) combined with pharmacological magnetic resonance imaging (phMRI) in the rat mesocorticolimbic system. Chemogenetic activation of DREADD-targeted mesolimbic or mesocortical pathways, i...
May 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500684/impact-of-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-surgery-on-appetite-alcohol-intake-behaviors-and-midbrain-ghrelin-signaling-in-the-rat
#7
Sunil Sirohi, Ben D Richardson, Janelle M Lugo, David J Rossi, Jon F Davis
OBJECTIVE: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery reduces appetite and stimulates new onset alcohol misuse; however, the genesis of these behavioral changes is unclear. This study is hypothesized that new onset alcohol intake is a behavioral adaptation that occurs secondary to reduced appetite and correlates with altered central ghrelin signaling. METHODS: Hedonic high-fat diet (HFD) intake was evaluated prior to the assessment of alcohol intake behaviors in RYGB and control rats...
May 12, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499809/an-emerging-role-for-the-lateral-habenula-in-aggressive-behavior
#8
REVIEW
Meghan Flanigan, Hossein Aleyasin, Aki Takahashi, Sam A Golden, Scott J Russo
Inter-male aggression is an essential component of social behavior in organisms from insects to humans. However, when expressed inappropriately, aggression poses significant threats to the mental and physical health of both the aggressor and the target. Inappropriate aggression is a common feature of numerous neuropsychiatric disorders in humans and has been hypothesized to result from the atypical activation of reward circuitry in response to social targets. The lateral habenula (LHb) has recently been identified as a major node of the classical reward circuitry and inhibits the release of dopamine from the midbrain to signal negative valence...
May 9, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498499/heterogeneous-extracellular-dopamine-regulation-in-the-subregions-of-the-olfactory-tubercle
#9
Jinwoo Park, Ken T Wakabayashi, Caitlin Szalkowski, Rohan V Bhimani
Recent studies show that dense dopamine (DA) innervation from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) to the olfactory tubercle (OT) may play an important role in processing multisensory information pertaining to arousal and reward, yet little is known about DA regulation in the OT. This is mainly due to the anatomical limitations of conventional methods of determining DA dynamics in small heterogeneous OT subregions located in the ventral most part of the brain. Additionally, there is increasing awareness that anteromedial and anterolateral subregions of the OT have distinct functional roles in natural and psychostimulant drug reinforcement as well as in regulating other types of behavioral responses, such as aversion...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497801/pde4-inhibition-restores-the-balance-between-excitation-and-inhibition-in-vta-dopamine-neurons-disrupted-by-repeated-in-vivo-cocaine-exposure
#10
Xiaojie Liu, Peng Zhong, Casey Vickstrom, Yan Li, Qing-Song Liu
Phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE4) is a family of enzymes that selectively degrade intracellular cAMP. PDE4 inhibitors have been shown to regulate the rewarding and reinforcing effects of cocaine, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we show that pretreatments with the PDE4 inhibitor rolipram attenuated cocaine-induced locomotor sensitization in mice. Repeated cocaine exposure in vivo caused a decrease in inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) and an increase in the AMPAR/NMDAR ratio in ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons in midbrain slices ex vivo...
May 12, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495611/hiv-1-tat-protein-enhances-sensitization-to-methamphetamine-by-affecting-dopaminergic-function
#11
James P Kesby, Julia A Najera, Benedetto Romoli, Yiding Fang, Liana Basova, Amanda Birmingham, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes, Davide Dulcis, Svetlana Semenova
Methamphetamine abuse is common among humans with immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV-1 regulatory protein TAT induces dysfunction of mesolimbic dopaminergic systems which may result in impaired reward processes and contribute to methamphetamine abuse. These studies investigated the impact of TAT expression on methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization, underlying changes in dopamine function and adenosine receptors in mesolimbic brain areas and neuroinflammation (microgliosis). Transgenic mice with doxycycline-induced TAT protein expression in the brain were tested for locomotor activity in response to repeated methamphetamine injections and methamphetamine challenge after a 7-day abstinence period...
May 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485408/genetic-and-pharmacological-antagonism-of-nk1-receptor-prevents-opiate-abuse-potential
#12
A J Sandweiss, M I McIntosh, A Moutal, R Davidson-Knapp, J Hu, A K Giri, T Yamamoto, V J Hruby, R Khanna, T M Largent-Milnes, T W Vanderah
Development of an efficacious, non-addicting analgesic has been challenging. Discovery of novel mechanisms underlying addiction may present a solution. Here we target the neurokinin system, which is involved in both pain and addiction. Morphine exerts its rewarding actions, at least in part, by inhibiting GABAergic input onto substance P (SP) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), subsequently increasing SP release onto dopaminergic neurons. Genome editing of the neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1R) in the VTA renders morphine non-rewarding...
May 9, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476947/prenatal-ethanol-exposure-persistently-alters-endocannabinoid-signaling-and-endocannabinoid-mediated-excitatory-synaptic-plasticity-in-ventral-tegmental-area-dopamine-neurons
#13
Kathryn Hausknecht, Ying-Ling Shen, Rui-Xiang Wang, Samir Haj-Dahmane, Roh-Yu Shen
Prenatal ethanol exposure (PE) leads to increased addiction risk which could be mediated by enhanced excitatory synaptic strength in ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine (DA) neurons. Previous studies have shown that PE enhances excitatory synaptic strength by facilitating an anti-Hebbian form of long-term potentiation (LTP). In this study, we investigated the effect of PE on endocannabinoid-mediated long-term depression (eCB-LTD) in VTA DA neurons. Rats were exposed to moderate (3 g/kg/day) or high (6 g/kg/day) level of ethanol during gestation...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476484/organization-of-dopamine-and-serotonin-system-anatomical-and-functional-mapping-of-monosynaptic-inputs-using-rabies-virus
#14
REVIEW
Sachie K Ogawa, Mitsuko Watabe-Uchida
Dopamine and serotonin play critical roles in flexible behaviors and are related to various psychiatric and motor disorders. This paper reviews the global organization of dopamine and serotonin systems through recent findings using a modified rabies virus. We first introduce methods for comprehensive mapping of monosynaptic inputs. We then describe quantitative comparisons across the data regarding monosynaptic inputs to dopamine neurons versus serotonin neurons. There is surprising similarity between the input to dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the input to serotonin neurons in the dorsal raphe (DR), suggesting functional interactions between these systems...
May 2, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473257/stress-and-corticosterone-alter-synaptic-plasticity-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#15
YongXin Hao, Aref Shabanpoor, Gerlinde A Metz
As a major influence on neuronal function and plasticity, chronic stress can affect the progression and symptoms of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Here we investigated the influence of unilateral dopamine depletion and stress on dopamine-related hallmarks of stress response and neuronal plasticity in a rat model of PD. Animals received either restraint stress or a combination of adrenalectomy and corticosterone (CORT) supplementation to clamp circulating glucocorticoid levels for three weeks prior to unilateral nigrostriatal dopamine depletion...
May 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469002/neuropeptide-y-alters-vta-dopamine-neuron-activity-through-both-pre-and-post-synaptic-mechanisms
#16
Katherine Stuhrman West, Aaron G Roseberry
The mesocorticolimbic dopamine system, the brain's reward system, regulates many different behaviors including food intake, food reward, and feeding related behaviors, and there is increasing evidence that hypothalamic feeding-related neuropeptides alter dopamine neuron activity to affect feeding. For example, neuropeptide-Y (NPY), a strong orexigenic hypothalamic neuropeptide, increases motivation for food when injected into the ventral tegmental area (VTA). How NPY affects the activity of VTA dopamine neurons to regulate feeding behavior is unknown, however...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466092/repeated-social-defeat-and-the-rewarding-effects-of-cocaine-in-adult-and-adolescent-mice-dopamine-transcription-factors-probdnf-signaling-pathways-and-the-trkb-receptor-in-the-mesolimbic-system
#17
Sandra Montagud-Romero, Cristina Nuñez, M Carmen Blanco-Gandia, Elena Martínez-Laorden, María A Aguilar, Javier Navarro-Zaragoza, Pilar Almela, Maria-Victoria Milanés, María-Luisa Laorden, José Miñarro, Marta Rodríguez-Arias
RATIONALE: Repeated social defeat (RSD) increases the rewarding effects of cocaine in adolescent and adult rodents. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare the long-term effects of RSD on the conditioned rewarding effects of cocaine and levels of the transcription factors Pitx3 and Nurr1 in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), the dopamine transporter (DAT), the D2 dopamine receptor (D2DR) and precursor of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (proBDNF) signaling pathways, and the tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB) receptor in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in adult and adolescent mice...
May 2, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457972/the-rewarding-effects-of-ethanol-are-modulated-by-binge-eating-of-a-high-fat-diet-during-adolescence
#18
M Carmen Blanco-Gandía, Juan Carlos Ledesma, Auxiliadora Aracil-Fernández, Francisco Navarrete, Sandra Montagud-Romero, Maria A Aguilar, Jorge Manzanares, José Miñarro, Marta Rodríguez-Arias
Binge-eating is considered a specific form of overeating characterized by intermittent and high caloric food intake in a short period of time. Epidemiologic studies support a positive relation between the ingestion of fat and ethanol (EtOH), specifically among adolescent subjects. The aim of this work was to clarify the role of the compulsive, limited and intermittent intake of a high-fat food during adolescence on the rewarding effects of EtOH. After binge-eating for 2 h, three days a week from postnatal day (PND) 29, the reinforcing effects of EtOH were tested with EtOH self-administration (SA), conditioned place preference (CPP) and ethanol locomotor sensitization procedures in young adult mice...
April 27, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456841/changes-in-gene-expression-and-sensitivity-of-cocaine-reward-produced-by-a-continuous-fat-diet
#19
M Carmen Blanco-Gandía, Auxiliadora Aracil-Fernández, Sandra Montagud-Romero, Maria A Aguilar, Jorge Manzanares, José Miñarro, Marta Rodríguez-Arias
RATIONALE: Preclinical studies report that free access to a high-fat diet (HFD) alters the response to psychostimulants. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to examine how HFD exposure during adolescence modifies cocaine effects. Gene expression of CB1 and mu-opioid receptors (MOr) in the nucleus accumbens (N Acc) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) and ghrelin receptor (GHSR) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) were assessed. METHODS: Mice were allowed continuous access to fat from PND 29, and the locomotor (10 mg/kg) and reinforcing effects of cocaine (1 and 6 mg/kg) on conditioned place preference (CPP) were evaluated on PND 69...
April 29, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445429/exploring-the-behavioral-and-metabolic-phenotype-generated-by-re-introduction-of-the-ghrelin-receptor-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
#20
Louise J Skov, Morten Jensen, Søren H Christiansen, Cecilia Ratner, David P D Woldbye, Birgitte Holst
Ghrelin receptor (Ghr-R) signaling in neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) can modulate dopaminergic function and the reward-related effects of both palatable foods and drugs of abuse. In this study, we re-introduced the Ghr-R in VTA neurons in Ghr-R knockout mice (Ghr-R(VTA) mice) to specifically study the importance of the constitutively active Ghr-R for VTA neuronal signaling. Our results showed that re-introduction of the Ghr-R in the VTA had no impact on body weight or food intake under basal conditions...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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