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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916626/contextual-fear-conditioning-in-zebrafish
#1
Justin W Kenney, Ian C Scott, Sheena A Josselyn, Paul W Frankland
Zebrafish are a genetically tractable vertebrate that hold considerable promise for elucidating the molecular basis of behavior. Although numerous recent advances have been made in the ability to precisely manipulate the zebrafish genome, much less is known about many aspects of learning and memory in adult fish. Here, we describe the development of a contextual fear conditioning paradigm using an electric shock as the aversive stimulus. We find that contextual fear conditioning is modulated by shock intensity, prevented by an established amnestic agent (MK-801), lasts at least 14 d, and exhibits extinction...
October 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893668/learning-mechanisms-underlying-threat-absence-and-threat-relief-influences-of-trait-anxiety
#2
Marta Andreatta, Paul Pauli
Impaired safety learning has been proposed as a risk factor for anxiety disorders, but safety can be indicated by either threat absence or threat termination (i.e., relief). Here, we investigated the role of trait anxiety for both kinds of safety learning. Ninety-one participants underwent an acquisition phase during which one shape (threatCS) predicted a painful electric shock (unconditioned stimulus, US), one shape (reliefCS) followed the US, and one shape (absenceCS) became never associated with the US. In a following extinction phase, the three cues were presented again plus a control shape (controlCS)...
September 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893566/does-fear-extinction-in-the-laboratory-predict-outcomes-of-exposure-therapy-a-treatment-analog-study
#3
Eduard Forcadell, David Torrents-Rodas, Bram Vervliet, David Leiva, Miquel Tortella-Feliu, Miquel A Fullana
Fear extinction models have a key role in our understanding of anxiety disorders and their treatment with exposure therapy. Here, we tested whether individual differences in fear extinction learning and fear extinction recall in the laboratory were associated with the outcomes of an exposure therapy analog (ETA). Fifty adults with fear of spiders participated in a two-day fear-learning paradigm assessing fear extinction learning and fear extinction recall, and then underwent a brief ETA. Correlational analyses indicated that enhanced extinction learning was associated with better ETA outcome...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892066/effects-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-extinction-of-conditioned-fear-and-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-in-rats
#4
L J Noble, I J Gonzalez, V B Meruva, K A Callahan, B D Belfort, K R Ramanathan, E Meyers, M P Kilgard, R L Rennaker, C K McIntyre
Exposure-based therapies help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to extinguish conditioned fear of trauma reminders. However, controlled laboratory studies indicate that PTSD patients do not extinguish conditioned fear as well as healthy controls, and exposure therapy has high failure and dropout rates. The present study examined whether vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) augments extinction of conditioned fear and attenuates PTSD-like symptoms in an animal model of PTSD. To model PTSD, rats were subjected to a single prolonged stress (SPS) protocol, which consisted of restraint, forced swim, loss of consciousness, and 1 week of social isolation...
August 22, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890702/a-pilot-study-of-the-effects-of-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-on-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-brain-response-to-traumatic-reminders-of-combat-in-operation-enduring-freedom-operation-iraqi-freedom-combat-veterans-with-post-traumatic-stress
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James Douglas Bremner, Sanskriti Mishra, Carolina Campanella, Majid Shah, Nicole Kasher, Sarah Evans, Negar Fani, Amit Jasvant Shah, Collin Reiff, Lori L Davis, Viola Vaccarino, James Carmody
OBJECTIVE: Brain imaging studies in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have implicated a circuitry of brain regions including the medial prefrontal cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, parietal cortex, and insula. Pharmacological treatment studies have shown a reversal of medial prefrontal deficits in response to traumatic reminders. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a promising non-pharmacologic approach to the treatment of anxiety and pain disorders. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of MBSR on PTSD symptoms and brain response to traumatic reminders measured with positron-emission tomography (PET) in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) combat veterans with PTSD...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889903/instructed-fear-stimuli-bias-visual-attention
#6
Berre Deltomme, Gaetan Mertens, Helen Tibboel, Senne Braem
We investigated whether stimuli merely instructed to be fear-relevant can bias visual attention, even when the fear relation was never experienced before. Participants performed a dot-probe task with pictures of naturally fear-relevant (snake or spider) or -irrelevant (bird or butterfly) stimuli. Instructions indicated that two pictures (one naturally fear-relevant and one fear-irrelevant) could be followed by an electrical stimulation (i.e., instructed fear). In reality, no stimulation was administered. During the task, two pictures were presented on each side of the screen, after which participants had to determine as fast as possible on which side a black dot appeared...
September 7, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888982/disrupting-nnos-psd-95-coupling-in-the-hippocampal-dentate-gyrus-promotes-extinction-memory-retrieval
#7
Jun Li, Zhou Han, Bo Cao, Cheng-Yun Cai, Yu-Hui Lin, Fei Li, Hai-Ying Wu, Lei Chang, Chun-Xia Luo, Dong-Ya Zhu
Granule cells in the dentate gyrus regenerate constantly in adult hippocampus and then integrate into neural circuits in the hippocampus thereby providing the neural basis for learning and memory. Promoting the neurogenesis in the hippocampus facilitates learning and memory such as spatial learning, object identification, and extinction learning. The interaction between neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD-95) is reported to negatively regulate neurogenesis in brain, so we hypothesized that disrupting this interaction might facilitate the neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus (DG) and thus enhance the extinction memory retrieval of fear learning...
September 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888667/preimmunization-with-a-heat-killed-preparation-of-mycobacterium-vaccae-enhances-fear-extinction-in-the-fear-potentiated-startle-paradigm
#8
James H Fox, James E Hassell, Philip H Siebler, Mathew R Arnold, Andrew K Lamb, David G Smith, Heidi E W Day, Tessa M Smith, Emma M Simmerman, Alexander A Outzen, Kaley S Holmes, Christopher J Brazell, Christopher A Lowry
The hygiene hypothesis or "Old Friends" hypothesis proposes that inflammatory diseases are increasing in modern urban societies, due in part to reduced exposure to microorganisms that drive immunoregulatory circuits, and a failure to terminate inappropriate inflammatory responses. Inappropriate inflammation is also emerging as a risk factor for trauma-related, anxiety, and affective disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is characterized as persistent re-experiencing of the trauma after a traumatic experience...
September 6, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887561/enhancement-of-extinction-memory-by-pharmacological-and-behavioral-interventions-targeted-to-its-reactivation
#9
Josué Haubrich, Adriano Machado, Flávia Zacouteguy Boos, Ana P Crestani, Rodrigo O Sierra, Lucas de Oliveira Alvares, Jorge A Quillfeldt
Extinction is a process that involves new learning that inhibits the expression of previously acquired memories. Although temporarily effective, extinction does not erase an original fear association. Since the extinction trace tends to fade over time, the original memory can resurge. On the other hand, strengthening effects have been described in several reconsolidation studies using different behavioral and pharmacological manipulations. In order to know whether an extinction memory can be strengthened by reactivation-based interventions in the contextual fear conditioning task, we began by replicating the classic phenomenon of spontaneous recovery to show that brief reexposure sessions can prevent the decay of the extinction trace over time in a long-lasting way...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872745/neural-mechanisms-of-extinguishing-drug-and-pleasant-cue-associations-in-human-addiction-role-of-the-vmpfc
#10
Anna B Konova, Muhammad A Parvaz, Vladimir Bernstein, Anna Zilverstand, Scott J Moeller, Mauricio R Delgado, Nelly Alia-Klein, Rita Z Goldstein
The neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the resistance of drug cue associations to extinction in addiction remain unknown. Fear extinction critically depends on the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC). Here, we tested if this same region plays a role in extinction of non-fear, drug and pleasant cue associations. Eighteen chronic cocaine users and 15 matched controls completed three functional MRI scans. Participants first learned to associate an abstract cue (the conditioned stimulus, CS) with a drug-related (CSD+ ) or pleasant (CSP+ ) image...
September 5, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862251/prefrontal-cortex-deep-brain-stimulation-improves-fear-and-anxiety-like-behaviour-and-reduces-basolateral-amygdala-activity-in-a-preclinical-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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Roman Reznikov, Francis Bambico, Mustansir Diwan, Roger J Raymond, Mina G Nashed, José N Nobrega, Clement Hamani
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is being investigated for a number of psychiatric indications, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Preclinical studies continue to be a cornerstone for the development of new DBS applications. We investigate whether DBS delivered to the infralimbic cortex (IL), a region involved in mechanisms of stress resiliency, may counter behavioural abnormalities in rats that present persistent extinction deficits and long-term anxiety after exposure to fear conditioning. Rats undergoing fear conditioning/extinction were segregated into weak- and strong-extinction groups (WE >70% or SE <30% of freezing during extinction)...
September 1, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856531/pro-neurogenic-memory-enhancing-and-anti-stress-effects-of-df302-a-novel-fluorine-gamma-carboline-derivative-with-multi-target-mechanism-of-action
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Tatyana Strekalova, Nataliia Bahzenova, Alexander Trofimov, Angelika G Schmitt-Böhrer, Nataliia Markova, Vladimir Grigoriev, Vladimir Zamoyski, Tatiana Serkova, Olga Redkozubova, Daria Vinogradova, Alexei Umriukhin, Vladimir Fisenko, Christina Lillesaar, Elena Shevtsova, Vladimir Sokolov, Alexey Aksinenko, Klaus-Peter Lesch, Sergey Bachurin
A comparative study performed in mice investigating the action of DF302, a novel fluoride-containing gamma-carboline derivative, in comparison to the structurally similar neuroprotective drug dimebon. Drug effects on learning and memory, emotionality, hippocampal neurogenesis and mitochondrial functions, as well as AMPA-mediated currents and the 5-HT6 receptor are reported. In the step-down avoidance and fear-conditioning paradigms, bolus administration of drugs at doses of 10 or 40 mg/kg showed that only the higher dose of DF302 improved long-term memory while dimebon was ineffective at either dosage...
August 30, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851668/spaced-sessions-of-avoidance-extinction-reduce-spontaneous-recovery-and-promote-infralimbic-cortex-activation
#13
Carles Tapias-Espinosa, Elisabet Kádár, Pilar Segura-Torres
Extinction-based therapies (EBT) are the psychological treatments of choice for certain anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. However, some patients relapse and suffer spontaneous recovery (SR) of anxiety symptoms and persistence of avoidance behaviour, which underlines the need for improving EBT. In rats, recent evidence has highlighted the relevance of the temporal distribution of extinction sessions in reducing SR of auditory fear conditioning, although it has seldom been studied in procedures involving proactive avoidance responses, such as two-way active avoidance conditioning (TWAA)...
August 26, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846187/increased-fear-learning-spatial-learning-as-well-as-neophobia-in-rgs2-mice
#14
A Raab, S Popp, K-P Lesch, M J Lohse, M Fischer, J Deckert, L Hommers
Anxiety disorders result from a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors such as stress. On the level of cellular signaling, regulator of G protein signaling 2 (Rgs2) has been implicated in human and rodent anxiety. However, there is limited knowledge about the role of Rgs2 in fear learning and reactivity to stress. In the present study, Rgs2(-/-) mice showed increased fear learning, male mice displayed increased contextual and cued fear learning, while females showed selectively enhanced cued fear learning...
August 28, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843863/administration-of-riluzole-to-the-basolateral-amygdala-facilitates-fear-extinction-in-rats
#15
Azusa Sugiyama, Misa Yamada, Akiyoshi Saitoh, Jun-Ichiro Oka, Mitsuhiko Yamada
A general understanding exists that inhibition of glutamatergic neurotransmission in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) impairs fear extinction in rodents. Surprisingly, we recently found that systemic administration of riluzole, which has been shown to inhibit the glutamatergic system, facilitates extinction learning in rats with a preconditioned contextual fear response. However, the mechanisms underlying this paradoxical effect of riluzole remain unclear. In this study, adult male Wistar rats were bilaterally cannulated in the BLA to examine the effects of intra-BLA administration of riluzole...
August 24, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842367/the-acquisition-and-extinction-of-fear-of-painful-touch-a-novel-tactile-fear-conditioning-paradigm
#16
Emma E Biggs, Ann Meulders, Amanda L Kaas, Rainer Goebel, Johan W S Vlaeyen
Fear of touch, due to allodynia and spontaneous pain, is not well-understood. Experimental methods to advance this topic are lacking, and therefore we propose a novel tactile conditioning paradigm. Seventy-six pain-free participants underwent acquisition in both a predictable and unpredictable pain context. In the predictable context, vibrotactile stimulation was paired with painful electrocutaneous stimulation (simulating allodynia). In the unpredictable context, vibrotactile stimulation was unpaired with pain (simulating spontaneous pain)...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842281/investigating-the-role-of-dopamine-receptor-and-parvalbumin-expressing-cells-in-extinction-of-conditioned-fear
#17
Heather B Madsen, Alexandre A Guerin, Jee Hyun Kim
The present study examined the pattern of activation of neurons that express dopamine receptors 1 and 2 (D1R and D2R), and parvalbumin (PV) in mice that underwent extinction of a fear memory. Adult male transgenic mice expressing D1R or D2R tagged with green fluorescent protein (GFP) were conditioned with 6 tone-shock pairings. The following day they were randomly divided into one of four experimental groups: extinction, retrieval, context or handled. Extinction groups were exposed to 45 tone presentations, retrieval groups were exposed to 5 tone presentations and the context groups were exposed to the chamber without any tones...
August 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837950/meta-analytic-review-of-the-effects-of-a-single-dose-of-intranasal-oxytocin-on-threat-processing-in-humans
#18
REVIEW
Jenni Leppanen, Kah Wee Ng, Youl-Ri Kim, Kate Tchanturia, Janet Treasure
BACKGROUND: Heightened threat sensitivity is a transdiagnostic feature in several psychiatric disorders. The neuropeptide oxytocin has been shown to reduce fear related behaviours and facilitated fear extinction in animals. These findings have led to increasing interest to explore the effects of intranasal oxytocin on threat processing in humans. METHODS: The review included 26 studies (N = 1173), nine of which included clinical populations (N = 234). The clinical groups included were people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, depression, anxiety, and alcohol dependence disorder...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833952/comt-val158met-polymorphism-links-to-altered-fear-conditioning-and-extinction-are-modulated-by-ptsd-and-childhood-trauma
#19
Jessica Deslauriers, Dean T Acheson, Adam X Maihofer, Caroline M Nievergelt, Dewleen G Baker, Mark A Geyer, Victoria B Risbrough
BACKGROUND: Risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is thought to be mediated by gene × environment (G × E) interactions that affect core cognitive processes such as fear learning. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) val158met polymorphism has been associated with risk for PTSD and impaired fear inhibition. We used a large, relatively homogenous population to (1) replicate previous findings of poor fear inhibition in COMT Met/Met carriers with PTSD; (2) determine if COMT association with fear inhibition is moderated by childhood trauma (CT), an environmental risk factor for PTSD; and (3) determine if COMT is associated with altered fear processes after recent exposure to combat trauma...
August 18, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814472/neurobiology-of-fear-and-specific-phobias
#20
René Garcia
Fear, which can be expressed innately or after conditioning, is triggered when a danger or a stimulus predicting immediate danger is perceived. Its role is to prepare the body to face this danger. However, dysfunction in fear processing can lead to psychiatric disorders in which fear outweighs the danger or possibility of harm. Although recognized as highly debilitating, pathological fear remains insufficiently treated, indicating the importance of research on fear processing. The neurobiological basis of normal and pathological fear reactions is reviewed in this article...
September 2017: Learning & Memory
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