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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088038/evidence-of-functional-duplicity-of-nestin-expression-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
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Parisa Farzanehfar, Shi Sheng Lu, Anupa Dey, Dharshani Musiienko, Hamzah Baagil, Malcolm K Horne, Tim D Aumann
Whether or not neurogenesis occurs in the adult substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) is an important question relevant for developing better treatments for the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although controversial, it is generally believed that dividing cells here remain undifferentiated or differentiate into glia, not neurons. However, there is a suggestion that Nestin-expressing neural precursor cells (NPCs) in the adult SNc have a propensity to differentiate into neurons, which we sought to confirm in the present study...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072417/dopaminergic-dynamics-underlying-sex-specific-cocaine-reward
#2
Erin S Calipari, Barbara Juarez, Carole Morel, Deena M Walker, Michael E Cahill, Efrain Ribeiro, Ciorana Roman-Ortiz, Charu Ramakrishnan, Karl Deisseroth, Ming-Hu Han, Eric J Nestler
Although both males and females become addicted to cocaine, females transition to addiction faster and experience greater difficulties remaining abstinent. We demonstrate an oestrous cycle-dependent mechanism controlling increased cocaine reward in females. During oestrus, ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neuron activity is enhanced and drives post translational modifications at the dopamine transporter (DAT) to increase the ability of cocaine to inhibit its function, an effect mediated by estradiol. Female mice conditioned to associate cocaine with contextual cues during oestrus have enhanced mesolimbic responses to these cues in the absence of drug...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069327/early-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-surgery-is-it-a-real-burden
#3
Elisabeth M J P Mouws, Ameeta Yaksh, Paul Knops, Charles Kik, Eric Boersma, Ad J J C Bogers, Natasja M S de Groot
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of ventricular dysrhythmias (VD) [ventricular premature beats (VPBs), ventricular couplets (Vcouplets), ventricular runs (Vruns)] after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has so far not been examined. The goal of this study is to examine characteristics of VD and whether they precede ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA) during a postoperative follow-up period of 5 days using continuous rhythm registrations. In addition, we determined predictive factors of VD/VTA...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068457/cellular-gabaergic-neuroactive-steroid-3%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-3-hydroxy-pregnan-20-one-3%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-thp-immunostaining-levels-are-increased-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-of-human-alcohol-use-disorder-patients-a-postmortem-study
#4
Ahmet Sait Hasirci, Antoniette M Maldonado-Devincci, Matthew C Beattie, Todd K O'Buckley, A Leslie Morrow
BACKGROUND: The GABAergic neuroactive steroid (3α,5α)-3-hydroxy-pregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP; allopregnanolone) enhances GABAergic activity and produces subjective effects similar to ethanol (EtOH). The effect of chronic alcohol exposure on 3α,5α-THP concentrations has been studied in mouse, rat, and monkey limbic brain areas. Chronic EtOH exposure produced divergent brain region and cell-specific changes in 3α,5α-THP concentrations in animal studies. However, 3α,5α-THP levels in similar human brain regions have never been examined in individuals diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD)...
January 9, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065934/brain-cannabinoid-receptor-2-expression-function-and-modulation
#5
REVIEW
De-Jie Chen, Ming Gao, Fen-Fei Gao, Quan-Xi Su, Jie Wu
Cannabis sativa (marijuana) is a fibrous flowering plant that produces an abundant variety of molecules, some with psychoactive effects. At least 4% of the world's adult population uses cannabis annually, making it one of the most frequently used illicit drugs in the world. The psychoactive effects of cannabis are mediated primarily through cannabinoid receptor (CBR) subtypes. The prevailing view is that CB1Rs are mainly expressed in the central neurons, whereas CB2Rs are predominantly expressed in peripheral immune cells...
January 9, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062948/low-levels-of-prohibitin-in-substantia-nigra-makes-dopaminergic-neurons-vulnerable-in-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Debashis Dutta, Nilufar Ali, Emili Banerjee, Raghavendra Singh, Amit Naskar, Ramesh Kumar Paidi, Kochupurackal P Mohanakumar
Since substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopaminergic neurons are, respectively, susceptible or largely unaffected in Parkinson's disease (PD), we searched for protein(s) that regulates this differential sensitivity. Differentially, expressed proteins in SN and VTA were investigated employing two-directional gel electrophoresis- matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF-TOF) analyses. Prohibitin, which is involved in mitochondrial integrity, was validated using immunoblot, qRT-PCR, and immunohistochemistry in normal mice as well as 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-model, PD postmortem human brains, and PD cybrids...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053327/ventral-tegmental-area-cellular-heterogeneity-connectivity-and-behaviour
#7
Marisela Morales, Elyssa B Margolis
Dopamine-releasing neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) have central roles in reward-related and goal-directed behaviours. VTA dopamine-releasing neurons are heterogeneous in their afferent and efferent connectivity and, in some cases, release GABA or glutamate in addition to dopamine. Recent findings show that motivational signals arising from the VTA can also be carried by non-dopamine-releasing projection neurons, which have their own specific connectivity. Both dopamine-releasing and non-dopamine-releasing VTA neurons integrate afferent signals with local inhibitory or excitatory inputs to generate particular output firing patterns...
January 5, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053028/activation-of-pedunculopontine-glutamate-neurons-is-reinforcing
#8
Ji Hoon Yoo, Vivien Zell, Johnathan Wu, Cindy Punta, Nivedita Ramajayam, Xinyi Shen, Lauren Faget, Varoth Lilascharoen, Byung Kook Lim, Thomas S Hnasko
: Dopamine transmission from midbrain ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons underlies behavioral processes related to motivation and drug addiction. The pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg) is a brainstem nucleus containing glutamate-, acetylcholine-, and GABA-releasing neurons with connections to basal ganglia and limbic brain regions. Here we investigated the role of PPTg glutamate neurons in reinforcement, with an emphasis on their projections to VTA dopamine neurons. We used cell-type-specific anterograde tracing and optogenetic methods to selectively label and manipulate glutamate projections from PPTg neurons in mice...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043732/interactions-between-cannabidiol-and-%C3%AE-9-thc-following-acute-and-repeated-dosing-rebound-hyperactivity-sensorimotor-gating-and-epigenetic-and-neuroadaptive-changes-in-the-mesolimbic-pathway
#9
Stephanie M Todd, Cilla Zhou, David J Clarke, Tariq W Chohan, Dilara Bahceci, Jonathon C Arnold
The evidence base for the use of medical cannabis preparations containing specific ratios of cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is limited. While there is abundant data on acute interactions between CBD and THC, few studies have assessed the impact of their repeated co-administration. We previously reported that CBD inhibited or potentiated the acute effects of THC dependent on the measure being examined at a 1:1 CBD:THC dose ratio. Further, CBD decreased THC effects on brain regions involved in memory, anxiety and body temperature regulation...
December 30, 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042822/enduring-sexually-dimorphic-impact-of-in-utero-exposure-to-elevated-levels-of-glucocorticoids-on-midbrain-dopaminergic-populations
#10
REVIEW
Glenda E Gillies, Kanwar Virdee, Ilse Pienaar, Felwah Al-Zaid, Jeffrey W Dalley
Glucocorticoid hormones (GCs) released from the fetal/maternal glands during late gestation are required for normal development of mammalian organs and tissues. Accordingly, synthetic glucocorticoids have proven to be invaluable in perinatal medicine where they are widely used to accelerate fetal lung maturation when there is risk of pre-term birth and to promote infant survival. However, clinical and pre-clinical studies have demonstrated that inappropriate exposure of the developing brain to elevated levels of GCs, either as a result of clinical over-use or after stress-induced activation of the fetal/maternal adrenal cortex, is linked with significant effects on brain structure, neurological function and behaviour in later life...
December 30, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042095/reduced-noradrenergic-innervation-of-ventral-midbrain-dopaminergic-cell-groups-and-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-mptp-treated-parkinsonian-monkeys
#11
Gunasingh Jeyaraj Masilamoni, Olivia Groover, Yoland Smith
There is anatomical and functional evidence that ventral midbrain dopaminergic (DA) cell groups and the subthalamic nucleus (STN) receive noradrenergic innervation in rodents, but much less is known about these interactions in primates. Degeneration of NE neurons in the locus coeruleus (LC) and related brainstem NE cell groups is a well-established pathological feature of Parkinson's disease (PD), but the development of such pathology in animal models of PD has been inconsistent across species and laboratories...
December 30, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040541/cognitive-emotion-regulation-modulates-the-balance-of-competing-influences-on-ventral-striatal-aversive-prediction-error-signals
#12
Satja Mulej Bratec, Xiyao Xie, Yijun Wang, Leonhard Schilbach, Claus Zimmer, Afra M Wohlschläger, Valentin Riedl, Christian Sorg
Cognitive emotion regulation (CER) is a critical human ability to face aversive emotional stimuli in a flexible way, via recruitment of specific prefrontal brain circuits. Animal research reveals a central role of ventral striatum in emotional behavior, for both aversive conditioning, with striatum signaling aversive prediction errors (aPE), and for integrating competing influences of distinct striatal inputs from regions such as the prefrontal cortex (PFC), amygdala, hippocampus and ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
December 28, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034513/suppression-of-the-acute-upregulation-of-phosphorylated-extracellular-regulated-kinase-in-ventral-tegmental-area-by-a-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-agonist-is-related-to-resistance-to-rewarding-effects-in-a-mouse-model-of-bone-cancer
#13
Atsushi Nakamura, Hiroko Ono, Azusa Ando, Mikie Hinata, Kazuki Niidome, Shigeki Omachi, Gaku Sakaguchi, Shunji Shinohara
We investigated the mechanisms underlying the suppression of the rewarding effects of opioids using the femur bone cancer (FBC) mouse model. The rewarding and antinociceptive effects of subcutaneously administered morphine and oxycodone in the FBC model mice were assessed using the conditioned place preference test and the von-Frey test. In FBC mice, antinociceptive doses of morphine (30 mg/kg) and oxycodone (5 mg/kg) did not produce the rewarding effects but excessive doses of morphine (300 mg/kg) and oxycodone (100 mg/kg) did...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025575/patterned-feeding-induces-neuroendocrine-behavioral-and-genetic-changes-that-promote-palatable-food-intake
#14
S Sirohi, A Van Cleef, J F Davis
BACKGROUND: Selection of a healthy diet is the cornerstone for treating obesity and metabolic disease. Unfortunately, the majority of diets fail leading to weight regain and in some cases, pathological feeding behavior. We hypothesize that alternating bouts of caloric overconsumption and caloric restriction, behavioral manifestations of dieting, induce neuroendocrine, behavioral, and genetic changes that promote future bouts of palatable food intake. METHODS: To test this hypothesis, we subjected male Long Evans rats to a HFD feeding paradigm that induced a pattern of caloric overconsumption and caloric restriction...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025067/dopamine-d1-like-receptor-in-lateral-habenula-nucleus-affects-contextual-fear-memory-and-long-term-potentiation-in-hippocampal-ca1-in-rats
#15
Jiangping Chan, Xin Guan, Yiling Ni, Lilu Luo, Liqiang Yang, Pengyue Zhang, Jichuan Zhang, Yanmei Chen
The Lateral Habenula (LHb) plays an important role in emotion and cognition. Recent experiments suggest that LHb has functional interaction with the hippocampus and plays an important role in spatial learning. LHb is reciprocally connected with midbrain monoaminergic brain areas such as the ventral tegmental area (VTA). However, the role of dopamine type 1 receptor (D1R) in LHb in learning and memory is not clear yet. In the present study, D1R agonist or antagonist were administered bilaterally into the LHb in rats...
December 23, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011337/risk-taking-locomotor-activity-and-dopamine-levels-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-male-rats-treated-prenatally-with-alcohol
#16
Patricia Muñoz-Villegas, Verónica Mireya Rodríguez, Magda Giordano, Jorge Juárez
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure (PA) restricted to days 8-20 of rat gestation reduces the activity of the dopaminergic neurons (DA) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Hyperactivity and impulsivity have been observed under this treatment; however, it is unknown whether DA levels are affected. Decision-making in risk situations, meanwhile, has been associated with impulsive behavior, but because studies of this phenomenon in animal models are limited, we do not yet know whether PA has any effect...
December 21, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007761/functional-%C3%AE-opioid-galanin-receptor-heteromers-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
#17
Estefanía Moreno, César Quiroz, William Rea, Ning-Sheng Cai, Josefa Mallol, Antoni Cortés, Carme Lluís, Enric I Canela, Vicent Casadó, Sergi Ferré
: The neuropeptide galanin has been shown to interact with the opioid system. More specifically, galanin counteracts the behavioral effects of the systemic administration of μ-opioid receptor (MOR) agonists. Yet the mechanism responsible for this galanin-opioid interaction has remained elusive. Using biophysical techniques in mammalian transfected cells we found evidence for selective heteromerization of MOR and the galanin receptor subtype Gal1 (Gal1R). Also in transfected cells, a synthetic peptide selectively disrupted MOR-Gal1R heteromerization as well as specific interactions between MOR and Gal1R ligands: a negative crosstalk, by which galanin counteracted MAPK activation induced by the endogenous MOR agonist endomorphin-1, and a cross-antagonism, by which a MOR antagonist counteracted MAPK activation induced by galanin...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005399/bisphenol-s-bps-alters-maternal-behavior-and-brain-in-mice-exposed-during-pregnancy-lactation-and-their-daughters
#18
Mary C Catanese, Laura N Vandenberg
Estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been shown to disrupt maternal behavior in rodents. We investigated the effects of an emerging xenoestrogen, bisphenol S (BPS), on maternal behavior and brain in CD-1 mice exposed during pregnancy and lactation (F0 generation) and in female offspring exposed during gestation and perinatal development (F1 generation). We observed different effects in F0 and F1 dams for a number of components of maternal behavior including time on the nest, time spent on nest-building, latency to retrieve pups, and latency to retrieve the entire litter...
December 22, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003467/prefrontal-cortex-dysfunction-increases-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia-like-changes-induced-by-adolescent-stress-exposure
#19
Felipe V Gomes, Anthony A Grace
Stress during adolescence is a risk factor for schizophrenia, and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) dysfunction is proposed to interfere with stress control, increasing the susceptibility to stress. We evaluated the impact of different stressful events during adolescence (restraint stress [RS], footshock [FS], or the combination of FS and RS) on behaviors correlated with schizophrenia in rats as adults. At adulthood, animals were tested for anxiety responses (elevated plus-maze), cognitive function (novel-object recognition test) and dopamine (DA) system responsivity (locomotor response to amphetamine and DA neuron activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) using in vivo electrophysiology)...
December 21, 2016: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002633/vta-da-neuron-excitatory-synapses-in-shank3-%C3%AE-ex-4-9-mouse-line
#20
Bariselli Sebastiano, Bellone Camilla
SHANK3 proteins belong to the Shank/ProSAP family, which contain five-conserved domains - the ankyrin (ANK) repeated, the Src homology 3 (SH3), the PSD-95/Discs large/ZO-1 (PDZ), the proline-rich and the sterile alpha motif (SAM; Sheng and Kim, 2000). SHANK proteins are located at the postsynaptic density of excitatory synapses and indirectly link the metabotropic (mGluRs) and the ionotropic glutamate receptor (iGluRs: AMPARs, α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors, and NMDARs, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors) via different domains (Naisbitt et al...
December 21, 2016: Synapse
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