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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746826/electrophysiological-properties-of-neurons-and-synapses-in-the-lateral-habenular-complex-lhb
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REVIEW
Franziska Wagner, Torsten Weiss, Rüdiger W Veh
Animal including human behavior is highly sophisticated. Besides reflective actions it is largely based on the desire for magnificent internal feelings, which are provided by the reward system. Its counterpart an "anti-reward" system is mainly composed of the lateral habenular complex (LHb) and its extensive interconnections with the monoaminergic cell groups in the mid- and hindbrain. The present review focuses on the neuronal composition and the internal signaling in the LHb. Morphologically six distinct types of neurons (spherical, fusiform-1, fusiform-2, polymorphic, vertical, neurogliaform) can be identified...
July 23, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745720/corrigendum-circuit-specificity-in-the-inhibitory-architecture-of-the-vta-regulates-cocaine-induced-behavior
#2
Nicholas J Edwards, Hugo A Tejeda, Marco Pignatelli, Shiliang Zhang, Ross A McDevitt, Jocelyn Wu, Caroline E Bass, Bernhard Bettler, Marisela Morales, Antonello Bonci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741623/effects-of-suvorexant-a-dual-orexin-hypocretin-receptor-antagonist-on-impulsive-behavior-associated-with-cocaine
#3
Taylor A Gentile, Steven J Simmons, Mia N Watson, Krista L Connelly, Eugen Brailoiu, Yanan Zhang, John W Muschamp
Hypothalamic hypocretin (orexin) peptides mediate arousal, attention, and reward processing. Fibers containing orexins project to brain structures that govern motivated behavior, including the ventral tegmental area (VTA). A number of psychiatric conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorders, are characterized by deficits in impulse control, however the relationship between orexin and impulsive behavior is incompletely characterized. The effects of systemic or centrally administered orexin receptor (OXR) antagonists on measures of impulsive-like behavior in rats were evaluated using the five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) and delay discounting procedures...
July 25, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740870/reduced-ventral-tegmental-area-hippocampal-connectivity-in-children-and-adolescents-exposed-to-early-threat
#4
Hilary A Marusak, Joshua R B Hatfield, Moriah E Thomason, Christine A Rabinak
BACKGROUND: Preclinical data suggest that early life stress has detrimental effects on the brain's dopaminergic system, particularly the mesocorticolimbic pathway. Altered dopamine function is thought to contribute to the development of stress-related pathologies; yet, little is known about the impact of early stress on dopamine systems during childhood and adolescence, when stress-related disorders frequently emerge. Here, we evaluate the impact of early threat exposure (violence, abuse) on functional connectivity of putative dopaminergic midbrain regions, the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra (SN), giving rise to mesocorticolimbic and nigrostriatal pathways, respectively...
March 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739583/tonic-or-phasic-stimulation-of-dopaminergic-projections-to-prefrontal-cortex-causes-mice-to-maintain-or-deviate-from-previously-learned-behavioral-strategies
#5
Ian T Ellwood, Tosha Patel, Varun Wadia, Anthony T Lee, Alayna T Liptak, Kevin J Bender, Vikaas S Sohal
Dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) encode reward prediction errors and can drive reinforcement learning through their projections to striatum, but much less is known about their projections to prefrontal cortex (PFC). Here we studied these projections, and observed phasic VTA-PFC fiber photometry signals following the delivery of rewards. Next, we studied how optogenetic stimulation of these projections affects behavior, using conditioned place preference (CPP), and a task in which mice learn associations between cues and food rewards, then use those associations to make choices...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736173/low-doses-of-17%C3%AE-ethinyl-estradiol-alter-the-maternal-brain-and-induce-stereotypies-in-cd-1-mice-exposed-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
#6
Mary C Catanese, Laura N Vandenberg
Maternal care is critical for the survival, development and long-term success of offspring. Despite our current understanding of the role of endogenous estrogen in both maternal behavior and the maternal brain, the potential effects of exogenous estrogens on these endpoints remain poorly understood. Here, pregnant CD-1 mice were exposed to low doses of 17α-ethinyl estradiol (EE2), commonly used as a positive control in studies of other xenoestrogens, from day 9 of pregnancy until weaning. Using traditional maternal behavior assays, we document no significant changes in maternal behavior throughout the lactational period...
July 20, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734031/downregulation-of-dec1-contributes-to-the-neurotoxicity-induced-by-mpp-by-suppressing-pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-pathway
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Zhu Zhu, Yu-Wen Wang, Ding-Hao Ge, Ming Lu, Wei Liu, Jing Xiong, Gang Hu, Xiao-Ping Li, Jian Yang
AIM: Differentiated embryonic chondrocyte gene 1 (DEC1) is involved in the neuronal differentiation and development. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of DEC1 in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPP(+) )-induced PD model. METHODS: The location of DEC1 and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive neurons were detected by immunofluorescence. 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced mouse subacute model of PD was established to evaluate the change of DEC1 expression in midbrain...
July 21, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729827/lateral-hypothalamic-control-of-the-ventral-tegmental-area-reward-evaluation-and-the-driving-of-motivated-behavior
#8
REVIEW
Susan M Tyree, Luis de Lecea
The lateral hypothalamus (LH) plays an important role in many motivated behaviors, sleep-wake states, food intake, drug-seeking, energy balance, etc. It is also home to a heterogeneous population of neurons that express and co-express multiple neuropeptides including hypocretin (Hcrt), melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH), cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) and neurotensin (NT). These neurons project widely throughout the brain to areas such as the locus coeruleus, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, the amygdala and the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727688/diazepam-actions-in-the-vta-enhance-social-dominance-and-mitochondrial-function-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-by-activation-of-dopamine-d1-receptors
#9
M A van der Kooij, F Hollis, L Lozano, I Zalachoras, S Abad, O Zanoletti, J Grosse, I Guillot de Suduiraut, C Canto, C Sandi
Benzodiazepines can ameliorate social disturbances and increase social competition, particularly in high-anxious individuals. However, the neural circuits and mechanisms underlying benzodiazepines' effects in social competition are not understood. Converging evidence points to the mesolimbic system as a potential site of action for at least some benzodiazepine-mediated effects. Furthermore, mitochondrial function in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) has been causally implicated in the link between anxiety and social competitiveness...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725939/escalated-cocaine-binges-in-rats-enduring-effects-of-social-defeat-stress-or-intra-vta-crf
#10
Michael Z Leonard, Joseph F DeBold, Klaus A Miczek
RATIONALE: Exposure to intermittent social defeat stress elicits corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) release into the VTA and induces long-term modulation of mesocorticolimbic dopamine activity in rats. These adaptations are associated with an intense cocaine-taking phenotype, which is prevented by CRF receptor antagonists. OBJECTIVE: The present studies examine whether infusion of CRF into the VTA is sufficient to escalate cocaine-taking behavior, in the absence of social defeat experience...
July 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710956/oxytocin-receptor-antagonist-treatments-alter-levels-of-attachment-to-mothers-and-central-dopamine-activity-in-pre-weaning-mandarin-vole-pups
#11
Zhixiong He, Wenjuan Hou, Xin Hao, Na Dong, Peirong Du, Wei Yuan, Jinfeng Yang, Rui Jia, Fadao Tai
Oxytocin (OT) is known to be important in mother-infant bonding. Although the relationship between OT and filial attachment behavior has been studied in a few mammalian species, the effects on infant social behavior have received little attention in monogamous species. The present study examined the effects of OT receptor antagonist (OTA) treatment on attachment behavior and central dopamine (DA) activity in male and female pre-weaning mandarin voles (Microtus mandarinus). Our data showed that OTA treatments decreased the attachment behavior of pups to mothers, measured using preference tests at postnatal day 14, 16, 18 and 20...
July 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708197/risk-stratification-personalised-model-for-prediction-of-life-threatening-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
#12
Alexander Vladimirovich Frolov, Tatjana Gennadjevna Vaikhanskaya, Olga Petrovna Melnikova, Anatoly Pavlovich Vorobiev, Ludmila Michajlovna Guel
BACKGROUND: The development of prognostic factors of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) continues to maintain its priority and relevance in cardiology. The development of a method of personalised prognosis based on multifactorial analysis of the risk factors associated with life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances is considered a key research and clinical task. AIM: To design a prognostic and mathematical model to define personalised risk for life-threatening VTA in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706288/spinal-pathways-involved-in-somatosensory-inhibition-of-the-psychomotor-actions-of-cocaine
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Suchan Chang, Yeonhee Ryu, Young Seob Gwak, Nam Jun Kim, Jin Mook Kim, Jun Yeon Lee, Seol Ah Kim, Bong Hyo Lee, Scott C Steffensen, Eun Young Jang, Chae Ha Yang, Hee Young Kim
Previous studies have demonstrated that somatosensory stimuli influence dopamine transmission in the mesolimbic reward system and can reduce drug-induced motor behaviors, craving and dependence. Until now, the central links between somatosensory and brain reward systems are not known. Here, we show that the dorsal column (DC) somatosensory pathway contains projections that convey an inhibitory input from the periphery to mesolimbic reward circuits. Stimulation of the ulnar nerve under HT7 acupoint suppressed psychomotor response to cocaine, which was abolished by disruption of the DC pathway, but not the spinothalamic tract (STT)...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705440/inhibition-of-trkb-at-the-nucleus-accumbens-using-ana-12-regulates-basal-and-stress-induced-orexin-a-expression-within-the-mesolimbic-system-and-affects-anxiety-sociability-and-motivation
#14
Idu Azogu, Helene Plamondon
Repeated stress exposure can lead to the development of anxiety and mood disorders. An emerging biological substrate of depression and associated pathology is the nucleus accumbens (NAc), which through interactions with limbic, cognitive and motor circuits can regulate a variety of stress responses. Within these circuits, orexin neurons are involved in arousal and stress adaptability, effects proposed mediated via brain-derived neurotrophic factor signaling. This study tested the hypotheses that 1) repeated exposure to heterotypic stress alters social ability and preference and passive avoidant behaviors, 2) TrkB receptors at the NAc shell regulates stress-induced behavioral responses and orexin expression within the mesocorticolimbic system...
July 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701928/the-hyperpolarization-activated-current-determines-synaptic-excitability-calcium-activity-and-specific-viability-of-substantia-nigra-dopaminergic-neurons
#15
Carmen Carbone, Alessia Costa, Gustavo Provensi, Guido Mannaioni, Alessio Masi
Differential vulnerability between Substantia Nigra pars compacta (SNpc) and Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). Understanding the molecular bases of this key histopathological aspect would foster the development of much-needed disease-modifying therapies. Non-heterogeneous DAergic degeneration is present in both toxin-based and genetic animal models, suggesting that cellular specificity, rather than causing factors, constitutes the background for differential vulnerability...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701538/differential-expression-of-long-term-potentiation-among-identified-inhibitory-inputs-to-dopamine-neurons
#16
DeNard V Simmons, Alyssa K Petko, Carlos Antonio Paladini
The in vivo firing pattern of ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons is controlled by GABA afferents originating primarily from the nucleus accumbens (NAc), rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg), and from local GABA neurons within the VTA. Although different forms of plasticity have been observed from GABA inputs to VTA dopamine neurons - one dependent on cyclic GMP synthesis, the other dependent on adenylyl cyclase activation - it is unknown whether plasticity is differentially expressed in each. Using an optogenetic strategy, we show that identified inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) from local VTA GABA neurons and NAc afferents exhibit a cyclic GMP-dependent long-term potentiation (LTP) that is capable of inhibiting the firing activity of dopamine neurons...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699067/intraoperative-clinical-testing-overestimates-the-therapeutic-window-of-the-permanent-dbs-electrode-in-the-subthalamic-nucleus
#17
Josefine Blume, J Schlaier, E Rothenfußer, J Anthofer, F Zeman, A Brawanski, U Bogdahn, M Lange
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative test stimulation is established to optimize target localization in STN DBS, but requires a time-consuming awake surgery in off-medication state. The aim of this study was to compare the thresholds of stimulation-induced effects of test stimulation and the permanent electrode. METHODS: Fifty-nine PD patients receiving bilateral STN DBS were clinically examined with stepwise increasing monopolar stimulation during surgery and DBS programming at matched stimulation depths...
July 12, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698920/prevention-and-reversal-of-social-stress-escalated-cocaine-self-administration-in-mice-by-intra-vta-crfr1-antagonism
#18
Xiao Han, Joseph F DeBold, Klaus A Miczek
BACKGROUND: A history of brief intermittent social defeat stress can escalate cocaine self-administration and induce long-term adaptations in the mesolimbic dopamine system. Extra-hypothalamic corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) has been shown to be closely associated with stress-induced escalation of drug use. How repeated stress modulates CRF release in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the roles of CRF receptors during different phases of stress-induced cocaine self-administration remain to be defined...
July 11, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690111/lateral-hypothalamic-gabaergic-neurons-encode-reward-predictions-that-are-relayed-to-the-ventral-tegmental-area-to-regulate-learning
#19
Melissa J Sharpe, Nathan J Marchant, Leslie R Whitaker, Christopher T Richie, Yajun J Zhang, Erin J Campbell, Pyry P Koivula, Julie C Necarsulmer, Carlos Mejias-Aponte, Marisela Morales, James Pickel, Jeffrey C Smith, Yael Niv, Yavin Shaham, Brandon K Harvey, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
Eating is a learned process. Our desires for specific foods arise through experience. Both electrical stimulation and optogenetic studies have shown that increased activity in the lateral hypothalamus (LH) promotes feeding. Current dogma is that these effects reflect a role for LH neurons in the control of the core motivation to feed, and their activity comes under control of forebrain regions to elicit learned food-motivated behaviors. However, these effects could also reflect the storage of associative information about the cues leading to food in LH itself...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669916/imaging-neuronal-pathways-with-52-mn-pet-toxicity-evaluation-in-rats
#20
Hanna Napieczynska, Gregory W Severin, Jesper Fonslet, Stefan Wiehr, Apostolos Menegakis, Bernd J Pichler, Carsten Calaminus
Manganese in its divalent state (Mn(2+)) has features that make it a unique tool for tracing neuronal pathways. It is taken up and transported by neurons in an activity-dependent manner and it can cross synapses. It also acts as a contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) enabling visualization of neuronal tracts. However, due to the limited sensitivity of MRI systems relatively high Mn(2+) doses are required. This is undesirable, especially in long-term studies, because of the known toxicity of the metal...
June 30, 2017: NeuroImage
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