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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087191/alterations-of-brain-activity-in-fibromyalgia-patients
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REVIEW
Passakorn Sawaddiruk, Sahattaya Paiboonworachat, Nipon Chattipakorn, Siriporn C Chattipakorn
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome, characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain with diffuse tenderness at multiple tender points. Despite intense investigations, the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia remains elusive. Evidence shows that it could be due to changes in either the peripheral or central nervous system (CNS). For the CNS changes, alterations in the high brain area of fibromyalgia patients have been investigated but the definite mechanisms are still unclear. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Functional Magnetic Resonance (fMRI) have been used to gather evidence regarding the changes of brain morphologies and activities in fibromyalgia patients...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057459/parabrachial-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-activation-of-amygdala-endosomal-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-signaling-regulates-the-emotional-component-of-pain
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Galen Missig, Linda Mei, Margaret A Vizzard, Karen M Braas, James A Waschek, Kerry J Ressler, Sayamwong E Hammack, Victor May
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain and stress-related psychopathologies, such as depression and anxiety-associated abnormalities, are mutually reinforcing; however, the neuronal circuits and mechanisms that underlie this reinforcement are still not well understood. Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP; Adcyap1) and its cognate PAC1 receptor (Adcyap1r1) are expressed in peripheral nociceptive pathways, participate in anxiety-related responses and have been have been linked to posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental health afflictions...
August 29, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033157/measuring-glutamate-levels-in-the-brains-of-fibromyalgia-patients-and-a-potential-role-for-glutamate-in-the-pathophysiology-of-fibromyalgia-symptoms-a-systematic-review
#3
Tahni Pyke, Peter G Osmotherly, Surinder Baines
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to systematically review the literature concerning proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-MRS) measured glutamate levels in specific brain regions of fibromyalgia (FM) patients to determine if there is a correlation between raised glutamate levels and the presentation of FM. METHODS: The electronic databases - MEDLINE, EMBASE Classic+Embase, PsychINFO, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effect, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials - were searched to find original studies that used H-MRS to measure glutamate concentrations in the brains of FM patients...
December 28, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028808/structural-gray-matter-alterations-in-chronic-migraine-implications-for-a-progressive-disease
#4
Lars Neeb, Kaili Bastian, Kersten Villringer, Heike Israel, Uwe Reuter, Jochen B Fiebach
OBJECTIVE: To identify possible gray matter alterations in patients with chronic migraine using voxel-based morphometry (VBM). BACKGROUND: VBM studies demonstrate structural alterations of gray matter (GM) in episodic migraine (EM) patients. Some of these alterations correlate with disease duration and headache frequency. We assessed GM alterations in chronic migraine (CM) and EM to evaluate the concept of migraine as a progressive disorder of the brain. METHODS: Individually age and sex-matched subjects with CM or EM (both without aura) and healthy controls (n = 21 per group) underwent magnetic resonance imaging-based VBM...
December 28, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011743/5-ht2c-receptor-knockdown-in-the-amygdala-inhibits-neuropathic-pain-related-plasticity-and-behaviors
#5
Guangchen Ji, Wei Zhang, Lenin Mahimainathan, Madhusudhanan Narasimhan, Takaki Kiritoshi, Xiuzhen Fan, Jigong Wang, Thomas A Green, Volker Neugebauer
: Neuroplasticity in the amygdala drives pain-related behaviors. The central nucleus (CeA) serves major amygdala output functions and can generate emotional-affective behaviors and modulate nocifensive responses. The CeA receives excitatory and inhibitory inputs from the basolateral nucleus (BLA), and serotonin receptor subtype 5-HT2CR in the BLA, but not CeA, has been implicated anxiogenic behaviors and anxiety disorders. Here we tested the hypothesis that 5-HT2CR in the BLA plays a critical role in CeA plasticity and neuropathic pain behaviors in the rat spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009270/healing-pains-of-the-past-using-neuronal-transplantation
#6
XiaoTing Zheng, Sunil P Gandhi
Yang et al. (2016) show that transplantation of GABAergic inhibitory neurons into the amygdala boosts the persistence of fear extinction in mice. Transplantation was found to degrade perineuronal nets on endogenous inhibitory neurons and enhance synaptic plasticity in host amygdala.
December 21, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008077/anxious-anticipation-and-pain-the-influence-of-instructed-vs-conditioned-threat-on-pain
#7
Philipp Reicherts, Julian Wiemer, Antje B M Gerdes, Stefan M Schulz, Paul Pauli, Matthias J Wieser
Negative emotions such as anxiety enhance pain perception. However, certain threat characteristics are discussed to have different or even divergent effects on pain (hypoalgesia vs hyperalgesia). In order to investigate the neurobiological basis of different threats, we compared the impact of conditioned threat (CT) vs instructed threat (IT) on pain using fMRI. In two groups, participants underwent either Pavlovian threat conditioning or an instructed threat procedure. Afterwards, in an identical test phase participants watched the same visual cues from the previous phase indicating potential threat or safety, and received painful thermal stimulation...
December 21, 2016: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000999/n-ofq-system-in-brain-areas-of-nerve-injured-mice-its-role-in-different-aspects-of-neuropathic-pain
#8
M Palmisano, D Mercatelli, F F Caputi, D Carretta, P Romualdi, S Candeletti
Several studies showed that chronic pain causes reorganization and functional alterations of supraspinal brain regions. The nociceptin-NOP receptor system is one of the major systems involved in pain control and much evidence also suggested its implication in stress, anxiety and depression. Therefore, we investigated the nociceptin-NOP system alterations in selected brain regions in a neuropathic pain murine model. Fourteen days after the common sciatic nerve ligature, PCR analysis indicated a significant decrease of pronociceptin and NOP receptor mRNA levels in the thalamus; these alterations could contribute to the decrease of the thalamic inhibitory function reported in neuropathic pain condition...
December 21, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994221/dynamic-modulation-of-inflammatory-pain-related-affective-and-sensory-symptoms-by-optical-control-of-amygdala-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-4
#9
C Zussy, X Gómez-Santacana, X Rovira, D De Bundel, S Ferrazzo, D Bosch, D Asede, F Malhaire, F Acher, J Giraldo, E Valjent, I Ehrlich, F Ferraguti, J-P Pin, A Llebaria, C Goudet
Contrary to acute pain, chronic pain does not serve as a warning signal and must be considered as a disease per se. This pathology presents a sensory and psychological dimension at the origin of affective and cognitive disorders. Being largely refractory to current pharmacotherapies, identification of endogenous systems involved in persistent and chronic pain is crucial. The amygdala is a key brain region linking pain sensation with negative emotions. Here, we show that activation of a specific intrinsic neuromodulatory system within the amygdala associated with type 4 metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlu4) abolishes sensory and affective symptoms of persistent pain such as hypersensitivity to pain, anxiety- and depression-related behaviors, and fear extinction impairment...
December 20, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964861/pain-opioids-and-sleep-implications-for-restless-legs-syndrome-treatment
#10
Claudia Trenkwalder, Walter Zieglgänsberger, Sam H Ahmedzai, Birgit Högl
Opioid receptor agonists are known to relieve restless legs syndrome (RLS) symptoms, including both sensory and motor events, as well as improving sleep. The mechanisms of action of opioids in RLS are still a matter of speculation. The mechanisms by which endogenous opioids contribute to the pathophysiology of this polygenetic disorder, in which there are a number of variants, including developmental factors, remains unknown. A summary of the cellular mode of action of morphine and its (partial) antagonist naloxone via α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors and the involvement of dendritic spine activation is described...
November 5, 2016: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888073/early-life-inflammation-with-lps-delays-fear-extinction-in-adult-rodents
#11
V M Doenni, C M Song, M N Hill, Q J Pittman
A large body of evidence has been brought forward connecting developmental immune activation to abnormal fear and anxiety levels. Anxiety disorders have extremely high lifetime prevalence, yet susceptibility factors that contribute to their emergence are poorly understood. In this research we investigated whether an inflammatory insult early in life can alter the response to fear conditioning in adulthood. Fear learning and extinction are important and adaptive behaviors, mediated largely by the amygdala and its interconnectivity with cortico-limbic circuits...
November 22, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876655/dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-attenuates-the-bold-signal-response-to-noxious-sensory-input-in-specific-brain-regions-insights-into-a-possible-mechanism-for-analgesia
#12
Christopher P Pawela, Jeffery M Kramer, Quinn H Hogan
Targeted dorsal root ganglion (DRG) electrical stimulation (i.e. ganglionic field stimulation - GFS) is an emerging therapeutic approach to alleviate chronic pain. Here we describe blood oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) responses to noxious hind-limb stimulation in a rat model that replicates clinical GFS using an electrode implanted adjacent to the DRG. Acute noxious sensory stimulation in the absence of GFS caused robust BOLD fMRI response in brain regions previously associated with sensory and pain-related response, such as primary/secondary somatosensory cortex, retrosplenial granular cortex, thalamus, caudate putamen, nucleus accumbens, globus pallidus, and amygdala...
November 20, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857679/bold-imaging-in-awake-wild-type-and-mu-opioid-receptor-knock-out-mice-reveals-on-target-activation-maps-in-response-to-oxycodone
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Kelsey Moore, Dan Madularu, Sade Iriah, Jason R Yee, Praveen Kulkarni, Emmanuel Darcq, Brigitte L Kieffer, Craig F Ferris
Blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) imaging in awake mice was used to identify differences in brain activity between wild-type, and Mu (μ) opioid receptor knock-outs (MuKO) in response to oxycodone (OXY). Using a segmented, annotated MRI mouse atlas and computational analysis, patterns of integrated positive and negative BOLD activity were identified across 122 brain areas. The pattern of positive BOLD showed enhanced activation across the brain in WT mice within 15 min of intraperitoneal administration of 2...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849648/amygdala-mediated-mechanisms-regulate-visceral-hypersensitivity-in-adult-females-following-early-life-stress-importance-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-and-corticotropin-releasing-factor
#14
Dawn K Prusator, Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld
Alterations in amygdala activity are apparent in women who report a history of early life stress (ELS) as well as those diagnosed with chronic pain disorders. Chronic stress in adulthood induces visceral hypersensitivity via alterations in glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) expression within the central amygdala (CeA). Here we hypothesized that unpredictable ELS, previously shown to induce visceral hypersensitivity in adult female rats, alters GR and CRF expression in the CeA...
November 14, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837170/differential-contributions-of-vasopressin-v1a-and-oxytocin-receptors-in-the-amygdala-to-pain-related-behaviors-in-rats
#15
Bryce Cragg, Guangchen Ji, Volker Neugebauer
Neuroplastic changes in the amygdala account for emotional-affective aspects of pain and involve neuropeptides such as calcitonin gene-related peptide and corticotropin-releasing factor. Another neuropeptide system, central arginine vasopressin, has been implicated in neuropsychiatric disorders, but its role in pain-related emotional expression and neuroplasticity remains to be determined. Here, we tested the hypothesis that arginine vasopressin in the amygdala contributes to pain-related emotional-affective responses, using stereotaxic applications of arginine vasopressin and antagonists for G-protein coupled vasopressin V1A and oxytocin receptors in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats...
2016: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826033/the-neurobiology-of-safety-and-threat-learning-in-infancy
#16
REVIEW
Jacek Debiec, Regina M Sullivan
What an animal needs to learn to survive is altered dramatically as they change from dependence on the parent for protection to independence and reliance on self-defense. This transition occurs in most altricial animals, but our understanding of the behavioral neurobiology has mostly relied on the infant rat. The transformation from dependence to independence occurs over three weeks in pups and is accompanied by complex changes in responses to both natural and learned threats and the supporting neural circuitry...
November 4, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812328/adverse-social-experiences-in-adolescent-rats-result-in-enduring-effects-on-social-competence-pain-sensitivity-and-endocannabinoid-signaling
#17
Peggy Schneider, Laura Bindila, Christian Schmahl, Martin Bohus, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Beat Lutz, Rainer Spanagel, Miriam Schneider
Social affiliation is essential for many species and gains significant importance during adolescence. Disturbances in social affiliation, in particular social rejection experiences during adolescence, affect an individual's well-being and are involved in the emergence of psychiatric disorders. The underlying mechanisms are still unknown, partly because of a lack of valid animal models. By using a novel animal model for social peer-rejection, which compromises adolescent rats in their ability to appropriately engage in playful activities, here we report on persistent impairments in social behavior and dysregulations in the endocannabinoid (eCB) system...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764759/6-methoxyflavanone-attenuates-mechanical-allodynia-and-vulvodynia-in-the-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-neuropathic-pain
#18
Shehla Akbar, Fazal Subhan, Nasiara Karim, Muhammad Shahid, Nisar Ahmad, Gowhar Ali, Wajahat Mahmood, Khwaja Fawad
BACKGROUND: Diabetic neuropathy is the most prevalent, persistent and debilitating complication of diabetes mellitus often coupled with vulvodynia that may present as an isolated symptom or as a part of constellation of other neuropathic abnormalities. OBJECTIVE: Flavonoids have selective affinity for GABA receptors and 6-methoxyflavanone (6-MeOF) is a positive allosteric modulator of GABA responses at human recombinant GABAA receptors. GABAergic and opioidergic system inhibition have been shown to facilitate neuropathic pain...
December 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732892/decreasing-gaba-function-within-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-or-basolateral-amygdala-decreases-sociability
#19
Tracie A Paine, Nathan Swedlow, Lucien Swetschinski
INTRODUCTION: Decreased sociability is a symptom of psychiatric conditions including autism-spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Both of these conditions are associated with decreases in GABA function, particularly in the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA); structures that are components of the social brain. Here, we determined if decreasing GABA transmission within either the PFC or the BLA decreases social behavior. METHODS: Rats were implanted with cannulae aimed at either the medial PFC or the BLA and then were tested on up to 4 behavioral tests following bilateral infusions of 0...
January 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712014/generation-of-a-nk1r-creer-knockin-mouse-strain-to-study-cells-involved-in-neurokinin-1-receptor-signaling
#20
Huizhen Huang, Marissa S Kuzirian, Xiaoyun Cai, Lindsey M Snyder, Jonathan Cohen, Daniel H Kaplan, Sarah E Ross
The Neurokinin 1 Receptor (NK1R), which binds Substance P, is expressed in discrete populations of neurons throughout the nervous system, where it has numerous roles including the modulation of pain and affective behaviors. Here, we report the generation of a NK1R-CreER knockin allele, in which CreER(T2) replaces the coding sequence of the TACR1 gene (encoding NK1R) in order to gain genetic access to these cells. We find that the NK1R-CreER allele mediates recombination in many regions of the nervous system that are important in pain and anxiety including the amygdala, hypothalamus, frontal cortex, raphe nucleus, and dorsal horn of the spinal cord...
November 2016: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
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