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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165654/infusions-of-nerve-growth-factor-into-the-developing-frontal-cortex-leads-to-deficits-in-behavioral-flexibility-and-increased-perseverance
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Sagar J Desai, Brian L Allman, Nagalingam Rajakumar
In the pursuit of further establishing a neurodevelopmental animal model to investigate the mechanisms underlying impaired executive function, a core and severely debilitating symptom of schizophrenia, we sought to characterize the deficits in behavioral flexibility in adult rats following neonatal infusions of nerve growth factor (NGF) into the medial part of the developing frontal cortex. Our previous studies using this neonatal frontal cortical lesion model have shown that it leads to adult-onset positive and negative symptom-like features, and several neuropathological abnormalities of schizophrenia...
November 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163237/-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-rats-with-prolonged-cocaine-self-administration-suggests-potential-brain-biomarkers-for-addictive-behavior
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Nazzareno Cannella, Alejandro Cosa-Linan, Mareike Roscher, Tatiane T Takahashi, Nils Vogler, Björn Wängler, Rainer Spanagel
The DSM5-based dimensional diagnostic approach defines substance use disorders on a continuum from recreational drug use to habitual and ultimately addicted behavior. Biomarkers that are indicative of recreational drug use and addicted behavior are lacking. We performed a translational [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) study in the multi-dimensional 0/3crit model of cocaine addiction. Addict-like (3crit) and non-addict-like (0crit) rats, which shared identical life conditions and levels of cocaine self-administration, were acquired for FDG-PET under baseline conditions and following cocaine and yohimbine challenges...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163081/activation-of-d1-5-dopamine-receptors-in-the-dorsal-medial-prefrontal-cortex-promotes-incubated-like-aversive-responses
#3
Fernando Castillo Díaz, Cecilia P Kramar, Micaela A Hernandez, Jorge H Medina
It is well established that neurons of the mammalian medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) modulate different behavioral outputs, including several memory types. This behavioral modulation is, at least in part, under the control of the D1-like Dopamine (DA) receptor (D1/5R) which comprises D1 and D5-specific subtypes (D1R and D5R, respectively). Here, combining a set of behavioral assays with pharmacology, we determined whether the activation of D1/5R in the mPFC during almost neutral or weak negative-valence experiences induces aversive behaviors...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162189/altered-ventral-striatal-medial-prefrontal-cortex-resting-state-connectivity-mediates-adolescent-social-problems-after-early-institutional-care
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Dominic S Fareri, Laurel Gabard-Durnam, Bonnie Goff, Jessica Flannery, Dylan G Gee, Daniel S Lumian, Christina Caldera, Nim Tottenham
Early caregiving adversity is associated with increased risk for social difficulties. The ventral striatum and associated corticostriatal circuitry, which have demonstrated vulnerability to early exposures to adversity, are implicated in many aspects of social behavior, including social play, aggression, and valuation of social stimuli across development. Here, we used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging to assess the degree to which early caregiving adversity was associated with altered coritocostriatal resting connectivity in previously institutionalized youth (n = 41) relative to youth who were raised with their biological families from birth (n = 47), and the degree to which this connectivity was associated with parent-reported social problems...
December 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158580/ck2-regulates-5-ht4-receptor-signaling-and-modulates-depressive-like-behavior
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J Castello, B LeFrancois, M Flajolet, P Greengard, E Friedman, H Rebholz
The serotonergic neurotransmitter system has been widely implicated in the pathophysiology of mood-related disorders such as anxiety and major depressive disorder (MDD). The onset of therapeutic efficacy of traditional antidepressants is delayed by several weeks. The 5-HT4 receptor has emerged as a new therapeutic target since agonists of this receptor induce rapid antidepressant-like responses in rodents. Here we show that the 5-HT4 receptor is regulated by CK2, at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels...
November 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155278/mecp2-expression-in-a-rat-model-of-risky-decision-making
#6
Jay V Deng, Caitlin A Orsini, Kristy G Shimp, Barry Setlow
Many neuropsychiatric disorders are associated with abnormal decision making involving risk of punishment, but the underlying molecular basis remains poorly understood. Methyl CpG-binding Protein 2 (MeCP2) is an epigenetic factor that regulates transcription by directly binding to methylated DNA. Here, we evaluated MeCP2 expression in the context of risk-taking behaviors using the Risky Decision-making Task (RDT), in which rats make discrete choices between a small "safe" food reward and a large "risky" food reward accompanied by varying probabilities of punishment...
November 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155092/effects-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-5-ht7-receptor-knockdown-on-cognitive-control-after-acute-heroin-administration
#7
Huijun Zhong, Jie Dang, Zhenghao Huo, Zhanbing Ma, Jing Chen, Yong Huang, Yongsheng Zhu, Min Li
Heroin abuse is linked to a deleterious effect on cognitive functioning in the individual. Recent evidences suggest that the serotonin7 receptor (5-HT7R) is engaged in the regulation of cognitive control and the drug use-associated behaviors. However, the role of 5-HT7R in the cognitive control after acute heroin administration has not been studied. The present study aims to investigate whether the knockdown of the 5-HT7R by virus-mediated gene silencing in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) could ameliorate the acute heroin-induced cognitive impairments...
November 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153599/lps-induced-cortical-kynurenic-acid-and-neurogranin-nfat-signaling-is-associated-with-deficits-in-stimulus-processing-during-pavlovian-conditioning
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A Oliveros, K Wininger, J Sens, M K Larsson, X C Liu, S Choi, A Faka, L Schwieler, G Engberg, S Erhardt, D S Choi
The N-Methyl-d-Aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA) and the post-synaptic calmodulin binding protein neurogranin (Nrgn) have been implicated in neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions including Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. This study indicates that systemic dual-lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injections increases KYNA in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which is accompanied with increased phosphorylation of nuclear factor kappa chain of activated B cells (NFκB) and activation of the nuclear factor of activated T- cells (NFAT)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153447/abnormal-brain-activation-during-threatening-face-processing-in-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-functional-neuroimaging-studies
#9
Debo Dong, Yulin Wang, Xiaoyan Jia, Yingjia Li, Xuebin Chang, Marie Vandekerckhove, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao
Impairment of face perception in schizophrenia is a core aspect of social cognitive dysfunction. This impairment is particularly marked in threatening face processing. Identifying reliable neural correlates of the impairment of threatening face processing is crucial for targeting more effective treatments. However, neuroimaging studies have not yet obtained robust conclusions. Through comprehensive literature search, twenty-one whole brain datasets were included in this meta-analysis. Using seed-based d-Mapping, in this voxel-based meta-analysis, we aimed to: 1) establish the most consistent brain dysfunctions related to threating face processing in schizophrenia; 2) address task-type heterogeneity in this impairment; 3) explore the effect of potential demographic or clinical moderator variables on this impairment...
November 15, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152994/decreased-connectivity-and-increased-bold-complexity-in-the-default-mode-network-in-individuals-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
#10
Zack Y Shan, Kevin Finegan, Sandeep Bhuta, Timothy Ireland, Donald R Staines, Sonya M Marshall-Gradisnik, Leighton R Barnden
The chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS) is a debilitating disease with unknown pathophysiology and no diagnostic test. This study investigated the default mode network (DMN) in order to understand the pathophysiology of CFS and to identify potential biomarkers. Using functional MRI (fMRI) collected from 72 subjects (45 CFS and 27 controls) with a temporal resolution of 0.798s, we evaluated the default mode network using static functional connectivity (FC), dynamic functional connectivity (DFC) and DFC complexity, blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) activation maps and complexity of activity...
November 20, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150590/subtype-specific-effects-of-dopaminergic-d2-receptor-activation-on-synaptic-trains-in-layer-v-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Jonna M Leyrer-Jackson, Mark P Thomas
In humans, prefrontal cortical areas are known to support executive functions. In mice, these functions are mediated by homologous regions in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Executive processes are critically dependent on optimal levels of dopamine (DA), but the cellular mechanisms of DA modulation are incompletely understood. Stable patterns of neuronal activity may be sensitive to frequency-dependent changes in synaptic transmission. We characterized the effects of D2 receptor (D2R) activation on short-term excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) dynamics evoked at varying frequencies in the two subtypes of layer V pyramidal neurons in mouse mPFC We isolated NMDA receptor and non-NMDA receptor-mediated components of EPSP trains evoked by stimulating fibers within layer V or layer I...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145670/sequential-firing-codes-for-time-in-rodent-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#12
Zoran Tiganj, Min Whan Jung, Jieun Kim, Marc W Howard
A subset of hippocampal neurons, known as "time cells" fire sequentially for circumscribed periods of time within a delay interval. We investigated whether medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) also contains time cells and whether their qualitative properties differ from those in the hippocampus and striatum. We studied the firing correlates of neurons in the rodent mPFC during a temporal discrimination task. On each trial, the animals waited for a few seconds in the stem of a T-maze. A subpopulation of units fired in a sequence consistently across trials for a circumscribed period during the delay interval...
December 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136108/perturbation-of-gabaergic-synapses-at-the-axon-initial-segment-of-basolateral-amygdala-induces-trans-regional-metaplasticity-at-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Rinki Saha, Kuldeep Shrivastava, Liang Jing, Rachel Schayek, Mouna Maroun, Martin Kriebel, Hansjürgen Volkmer, Gal Richter-Levin
GABAergic synapses in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) play an important role in fear memory generation. We have previously reported that reduction in GABAergic synapses innervating specifically at the axon initial segment (AIS) of principal neurons of BLA, by neurofascin (NF) knockdown, impairs fear extinction. BLA is bidirectionally connected with the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which is a key region involved in extinction of acquired fear memory. Here, we showed that reducing AIS GABAergic synapses within the BLA leads to impairment of synaptic plasticity in the BLA-mPFC pathway, as well as in the ventral subiculum (vSub)-mPFC pathway, which is independent of BLA involvement...
November 9, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135807/effects-of-stressor-controllability-on-transcriptional-levels-of-c-fos-arc-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-mouse-amygdala-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#14
Mayumi Machida, György Lonart, Larry D Sanford
Controllability is an important factor in determining stress outcomes. Uncontrollable stress is associated with the development of psychopathology such as post-traumatic stress disorder, whereas controllable stress is associated with adaptive stress responses and positive outcomes. In this study, we investigated how controllability affects poststress neurobiology by assessing transcriptional levels of activity-dependent genes in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and amygdala, regions important in mediating stress outcomes...
November 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133763/effects-of-melatonin-levels-on-neurotoxicity-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Yan Li, Shu-Mei Wang, Lei Guo, Jian Zhu, Ying Wang, Lei Li, Yan-Xin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Damage of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) results in similar characteristics to the cognitive deficiency seen with the progress of Parkinson's disease (PD). Since the course of mPFC damage is still unclear, our study aimed to investigate the effects of melatonin (MT) on neurotoxicity in the mPFC of a rat model of PD. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-four normal, male Wistar rats were randomly divided into the following five groups: normal + normal saline (NS), normal + 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), sham pinealectomy (PX) + 6-OHDA, PX + 6-OHDA, and MT + 6-OHDA...
November 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133436/ventral-midline-thalamus-is-necessary-for-hippocampal-place-field-stability-and-cell-firing-modulation
#16
T Cholvin, V Hok, L Giorgi, F A Chaillan, B Poucet
The reuniens (Re) and Rhomboid (Rh) nuclei of the ventral midline thalamus are reciprocally connected with the hippocampus (Hip) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Growing evidence suggests that these nuclei might play a crucial role in cognitive processes requiring Hip-mPFC interactions, including spatial navigation. Here, we tested the effect of ReRh lesions on the firing properties and spatial activity of dorsal hippocampal CA1 place cells as male rats explored a familiar or a novel environment. We found no change in the spatial characteristics of CA1 place cells in the familiar environment following ReRh lesions...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132653/prefrontal-and-striatal-gamma-aminobutyric-acid%C3%A2-levels-and-the-effect-of-antipsychotic-treatment-in-first-episode-psychosis-patients
#17
Camilo de la Fuente-Sandoval, Francisco Reyes-Madrigal, Xiangling Mao, Pablo León-Ortiz, Oscar Rodríguez-Mayoral, Helgi Jung-Cook, Rodolfo Solís-Vivanco, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Dikoma C Shungu
BACKGROUND: Abnormally elevated levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) have been reported in antipsychotic-free patients with schizophrenia. Whether such GABA elevations are also present in other brain regions and persist after antipsychotic treatment has not been previously investigated. METHODS: Twenty-eight antipsychotic-naïve patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP) and 18 healthy control subjects completed the study...
October 10, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131744/not-doomed-to-repeat-enhanced-mpfc-tracking-of-errors-promotes-adaptive-behavior-during-adolescence
#18
Ethan M McCormick, Eva H Telzer
Feedback information is one of the most powerful forces that promotes learning, providing guidance for changes to ongoing behavioral patterns. Previous examinations of feedback learning have largely relied on explicit feedback based on task performance. However, learning is not restricted to explicit feedback and likely involves other forms of more subtle feedback cues. One potential form of this kind of learning may involve internally generated feedback in response to error commission. Whether this error-related response prompts neural and behavioral adaptation that overlaps with, or is distinct from, those evoked by external feedback is largely unknown...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128283/emotional-prediction-an-ale-meta-analysis-and-macm-analysis
#19
Guangming Ran, Xiaojun Cao, Xu Chen
The prediction of emotion has been explored in a variety of functional brain imaging and neurophysiological studies. However, an overall picture of the areas involved this process remains unexploited. Here, we quantitatively summarized the published literature on emotional prediction using activation likelihood estimation (ALE) in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Furthermore, the current study employed a meta-analytic connectivity modeling (MACM) to map the meta-analytic coactivation maps of regions of interest (ROIs)...
November 8, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128144/the-antipsychotic-drug-brexpiprazole-reverses-phencyclidine-induced-disruptions-of-thalamocortical-networks
#20
Hanna E van den Munkhof, Jørn Arnt, Pau Celada, Francesc Artigas
Brexpiprazole (BREX), a recently approved antipsychotic drug in the US and Canada, improves cognitive dysfunction in animal models, by still largely unknown mechanisms. BREX is a partial agonist at 5-HT1A and D2 receptors and antagonist at α1B- and α2C-adrenergic and 5-HT2A receptors all with a similar potency. The NMDA receptor antagonist phencyclidine (PCP), used as pharmacological model of schizophrenia, activates thalamocortical networks and decreases low frequency oscillations (LFO; <4 Hz). These effects are reversed by antipsychotics...
November 8, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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