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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719827/mixed-evidence-for-the-potential-of-non-invasive-transcutaneous-vagal-nerve-stimulation-to-improve-the-extinction-and-retention-of-fear
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A M Burger, B Verkuil, H Fenlon, L Thijs, L Cools, H C Miller, B Vervliet, I Van Diest
Extinction memories are fragile and their formation has been proposed to partially rely on vagus nerve activity. We tested whether stimulating the auricular branch of the vagus (transcutaneous VNS; tVNS) accelerates extinction and reduces spontaneous recovery of fear. Forty-two healthy students participated in a 3-day fear conditioning study, where we tested fear acquisition (day 1), fear extinction (day 2) and the retention of the extinction memory (day 3). During extinction, participants were randomly allocated to receive tVNS or sham stimulation concurrently with each CS presentation...
July 8, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716957/ampa-receptors-control-fear-extinction-through-an-arc-dependent-mechanism
#2
Simon Trent, Philip Barnes, Jeremy Hall, Kerrie L Thomas
Activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) supports fear memory through synaptic plasticity events requiring actin cytoskeleton rearrangements. We have previously shown that reducing hippocampal Arc levels through antisense knockdown leads to the premature extinction of contextual fear. Here we show that the AMPA receptor antagonist CNQX elevates hippocampal Arc levels during extinction and blocks extinction that can be rescued by reducing Arc. Increasing Arc levels with CNQX also overcomes the actin-destabilizing properties of cytochalasin D and promotes extinction...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716956/a-comparison-of-behavioral-and-pharmacological-interventions-to-attenuate-reactivated-fear-memories
#3
Roque I Ferrer Monti, Joaquín M Alfei, Matías Mugnaini, Adrián M Bueno, Tom Beckers, Gonzalo P Urcelay, Victor A Molina
Two experiments using rats in a contextual fear memory preparation compared two approaches to reduce conditioned fear: (1) pharmacological reconsolidation blockade and (2) reactivation-plus-extinction training. In Experiment 1, we explored different combinations of reactivation-plus-extinction parameters to reduce conditioned fear and attenuate reacquisition. In Experiment 2, memory reactivation was followed by extinction training or administration of midazolam (MDZ) (vs. vehicle) to reduce conditioned fear and attenuate spontaneous recovery...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716955/acute-exercise-enhances-the-consolidation-of-fear-extinction-memory-and-reduces-conditioned-fear-relapse-in-a-sex-dependent-manner
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Courtney A Bouchet, Brian A Lloyd, Esteban C Loetz, Caroline E Farmer, Mykola Ostrovskyy, Natalie Haddad, Rebecca M Foright, Benjamin N Greenwood
Fear extinction-based exposure therapy is the most common behavioral therapy for anxiety and trauma-related disorders, but fear extinction memories are labile and fear tends to return even after successful extinction. The relapse of fear contributes to the poor long-term efficacy of exposure therapy. A single session of voluntary exercise can enhance the acquisition and consolidation of fear extinction in male rats, but the effects of exercise on relapse of fear after extinction are not well understood. Here, we characterized the effects of 2 h of voluntary exercise during the consolidation phase of contextual or auditory fear extinction learning on long-term fear extinction memory and renewal in adult, male and female, Long-Evans rats...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716712/effects-of-chemogenetic-excitation-or-inhibition-of-the-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray-on-the-acquisition-and-extinction-of-pavlovian-fear-conditioning
#5
Carolyn Arico, Elena E Bagley, Pascal Carrive, Neda Assareh, Gavan P McNally
The midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) has been implicated in the generation and transmission of a prediction error signal that instructs amygdala-based fear and extinction learning. However, the PAG also plays a key role in the expression of conditioned fear responses. The evidence for a role of the PAG in fear learning and extinction learning has been obtained almost exclusively using PAG-dependent fear responses. It is less clear whether the PAG regulates fear learning when other measures of learned fear are used...
July 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715353/learned-expectations-and-uncertainty-facilitate-pain-during-classical-conditioning
#6
Veronique A Taylor, Luke Chang, Pierre Rainville, Mathieu Roy
Pain spontaneously activates adaptive and dynamic learning processes affecting the anticipation of, and the responses to, future pain. Computational models of associative learning effectively capture the production and ongoing changes in conditioned anticipatory responses (eg, skin conductance response), but the impact of this dynamic process on unconditional pain responses remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated the dynamic modulation of pain and the nociceptive flexion reflex by fear learning in healthy human adult participants undergoing a classical conditioning procedure involving an acquisition, reversal and extinction phase...
August 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706238/freezing-response-independent-facilitation-of-fear-extinction-memory-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
#7
Jiso Hong, Daesoo Kim
The infralimbic cortex (IL) is known to facilitate the formation of extinction memory through reciprocal interactions with the amygdala, which produces fear responses such as freezing. Thus, whether presynaptic input from the amygdala and post-synaptic output of IL neurons are functionally dissociated in extinction memory formation remains unclear. Here, we demonstrated that photostimulation of IL inputs from BLA did not change freezing responses to conditioned stimuli (CS) during training, but did facilitate extinction memory, measured as a reduction in freezing responses to the CS 1 day later...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705679/the-effects-of-cognitive-reappraisal-on-conditioned-disgust-in-contamination-based-ocd-an-analogue-study
#8
Bunmi O Olatunji, Hannah Berg, Rebecca C Cox, Amber Billingsley
Experimental research has shown that conditioned disgust is resistant to extinction, which may account for the slower habituation to disgust relative to fear in contamination-based obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, few studies have examined the efficacy of interventions that may attenuate conditioned disgust responses. Studies of cognitive reappraisal have demonstrated that reinterpreting a stimulus can alter emotional responding. This technique is based on cognitive theories which suggest that anxiety disorders arise from biased cognitions; therefore, changing a person's thoughts will elicit durable changes in emotional responses...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701956/administration-of-a-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-into-the-basolateral-amygdala-enhances-memory-consolidation-delays-extinction-and-increases-hippocampal-bdnf-levels
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Fernanda E Valiati, Mailton Vasconcelos, Martina Lichtenfels, Fernanda S Petry, Rosa M M de Almeida, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Nadja Schröder, Caroline B de Farias, Rafael Roesler
Gene expression related to the formation and modification of memories is regulated epigenetically by chromatin remodeling through histone acetylation. Memory formation and extinction can be enhanced by treatment with inhibitors of histone deacetylases (HDACs). The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a brain area critically involved in regulating memory for inhibitory avoidance (IA). However, previous studies have not examined the effects of HDAC inhibition in the amygdala on memory for IA. Here we show that infusion of an HDAC inhibitor (HDACi), trichostatin A (TSA), into the BLA, enhanced consolidation of IA memory in rats when given at 1...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694097/behavioural-pharmacology-of-the-%C3%AE-5-gabaa-receptor-antagonist-s44819-enhancement-and-remediation-of-cognitive-performance-in-preclinical-models
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István Gacsályi, Krisztina Móricz, Gábor Gigler, János Wellmann, Katalin Nagy, István Ling, József Barkóczy, József Haller, Jeremy J Lambert, Gábor Szénási, Michael Spedding, Ferenc A Antoni
Previous work has shown that S44819 is a novel GABAA receptor (GABAAR) antagonist, which is selective for extrasynaptic GABAARs incorporating the α5 subunit (α5-GABAARs). The present study reports on the preclinical neuropsychopharmacological profile of S44819. Significantly, no sedative or pro-convulsive side effects of S44819 were found at doses up to 30 mg/kg i.p. Object recognition (OR) memory in intact mice was enhanced by S44819 (0.3 mg/kg p.o.) given before the acquisition trial. Mice treated with phencyclidine for two weeks and tested six days after the cessation of treatment failed to show OR memory...
July 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686823/enhancing-extinction-learning-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-with-brief-daily-imaginal-exposure-and-methylene-blue-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lori A Zoellner, Michael Telch, Edna B Foa, Frank J Farach, Carmen P McLean, Robert Gallop, Ellen J Bluett, Adam Cobb, F Gonzalez-Lima
OBJECTIVE: The memory-enhancing drug methylene blue (MB) administered after extinction training improves fear extinction retention in rats and humans with claustrophobia. Robust findings from animal research, in combination with established safety and data showing MB-enhanced extinction in humans, provide a foundation to extend this work to extinction-based therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as prolonged exposure (PE). METHODS: Patients with chronic PTSD (DSM-IV-TR; N = 42) were randomly assigned to imaginal exposure plus MB (IE + MB), imaginal exposure plus placebo (IE + PBO), or waitlist (WL/standard PE) from September 2011 to April 2013...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686806/hippocampal-damage-causes-retrograde-but-not-anterograde-memory-loss-for-context-fear-discrimination-in-rats
#12
Justin Q Lee, Robert J Sutherland, Robert J McDonald
There is a substantial body of evidence that the hippocampus (HPC) plays and essential role in context discrimination in rodents. Studies reporting anterograde amnesia (AA) used repeated, alternating, distributed conditioning and extinction sessions to measure context fear discrimination. In addition, there is uncertainty about the extent of damage to the HPC. Here, we induced conditioned fear prior to discrimination tests and rats sustained extensive, quantified pre- or post-training HPC damage. Unlike previous work, we found that extensive HPC damage spares context discrimination, we observed no AA...
July 7, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676746/regulation-of-fear-extinction-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-by-dopamine-d2-receptors-accompanied-by-altered-glur1-glur1-ser845-and-nr2b-levels
#13
Yan-Wei Shi, Bu-Fang Fan, Li Xue, Jia-Ling Wen, Hu Zhao
The amygdala, a critical structure for both Pavlovian fear conditioning and fear extinction, receives sparse but comprehensive dopamine innervation and contains dopamine D1 and D2 receptors. Fear extinction, which involves learning to suppress the expression of a previously learned fear, appears to require the dopaminergic system. The specific roles of D2 receptors in mediating associative learning underlying fear extinction require further study. Intra-basolateral amygdala (BLA) infusions of a D2 receptor agonist, quinpirole, and a D2 receptor antagonist, sulpiride, prior to fear extinction and extinction retention were tested 24 h after fear extinction training for long-term memory (LTM)...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671550/amount-of-fear-extinction-changes-its-underlying-mechanisms
#14
Bobae An, Jihye Kim, Kyungjoon Park, Sukwon Lee, Sukwoon Song, Sukwoo Choi
There has been a longstanding debate on whether original fear memory is inhibited or erased after extinction. One possibility that reconciles this uncertainty is that the inhibition and erasure mechanisms are engaged in different phases (early or late) of extinction. In this study, using single-session extinction training and its repetition (multiple-session extinction training), we investigated the inhibition and erasure mechanisms in the prefrontal cortex and amygdala of rats, where neural circuits underlying extinction reside...
July 3, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667676/cannabinoids-prevent-the-differential-long-term-effects-of-exposure-to-severe-stress-on-hippocampal-and-amygdala-dependent-memory-and-plasticity
#15
Noa Shoshan, Amir Segev, Hila Abush, Tomer Mizrachi Zer-Aviv, Irit Akirav
Exposure to excessive or uncontrolled stress is a major factor associated with various diseases including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The consequences of exposure to trauma are affected not only by aspects of the event itself, but also by the frequency and severity of trauma reminders. It was suggested that in PTSD, hippocampal-dependent memory is compromised while amygdala-dependent memory is strengthened. Several lines of evidence support the role of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system as a modulator of the stress response...
July 1, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665166/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-reduces-spine-density-of-projection-neurons-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-impairs-extinction-of-contextual-fear-memory
#16
Jing Zhao, Jonathan C Huynh, Michael J Hylin, John OMalley, Alec I Perez, Anthony N Moore, Pramod K Dash
Epidemiology studies have found that a comorbidity exists between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stress-related disorders. However, the anatomical and cellular bases for this association is poorly understood. An inability to extinguish the memory of a traumatic event lies at the core of many stress-related disorders. Experimental studies have shown that the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), especially the infralimbic (IL) cortex, is required for extinction and for storing the memory of extinction. The output from the central nucleus of amygdala projects to lateral hypothalamus, paraventricular nucleus and central grey to regulate heart rate, stress hormone release and freezing behavior, respectively...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664926/memory-retention-involves-the-ventrolateral-orbitofrontal-cortex-comparison-with-the-basolateral-amygdala
#17
K S Zimmermann, C Li, D G Rainnie, K J Ressler, S L Gourley
The orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) is thought to link stimuli and actions with anticipated outcomes in order to sustain flexible behavior in an ever-changing environment. How it retains these associations to guide future behavior is less well-defined. Here we focused on one subregion of this heterogeneous structure, the ventrolateral OFC (VLO). CaMKII-driven inhibitory Gi-coupled Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) were infused and subsequently activated by their ligand Clozapine-N-oxide (CNO) in conjunction with fear extinction training (a form of aversive conditioning) and response-outcome conditioning (a form of appetitive conditioning)...
June 30, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662456/decreased-plasma-adiponectin-among-male-firefighters-with-symptoms-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#18
Kyoung-Sa Na, Eun-Kyoung Kim, Jong-Tae Park
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have reported that adiponectin-mediated neuromolecular pathways are involved in fear extinction, implying that adiponectin may be an important biological marker for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, no study has investigated the association between adiponectin and patients with PTSD. METHODS: We examined plasma adiponectin levels, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and psychopathological factors using the Korean version of the Impact Event Scale-Revised (IES-R-K) and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale in 507 male firefighters...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659851/bilateral-alternating-auditory-stimulations-facilitate-fear-extinction-and-retrieval
#19
Sarah Boukezzi, Catarina Silva, Bruno Nazarian, Pierre-François Rousseau, Eric Guedj, Camila Valenzuela-Moguillansky, Stéphanie Khalfa
Disruption of fear conditioning, its extinction and its retrieval are at the core of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Such deficits, especially fear extinction delay, disappear after alternating bilateral stimulations (BLS) during eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. An animal model of fear recovery, based on auditory cued fear conditioning and extinction learning, recently showed that BLS facilitate fear extinction and fear extinction retrieval. Our goal was to determine if these previous results found in animals can be reproduced in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659452/fear-creates-an-allee-effect-experimental-evidence-from-seasonal-populations
#20
Kyle H Elliott, Gustavo S Betini, D Ryan Norris
Allee effects driven by predation can play a strong role in the decline of small populations but are conventionally thought to occur when generalist predators target specific prey (i.e. type II functional response). However, aside from direct consumption, fear of predators could also increase vigilance and reduce time spent foraging as population size decreases, as has been observed in wild mammals living in social groups. To investigate the role of fear on fitness in relation to population density in a species with limited sociality, we exposed varying densities of Drosophila melanogaster to mantid predators either during an experimental breeding season or non-breeding season...
June 28, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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