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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429835/levodopa-prevents-the-reinstatement-of-cocaine-self-administration-in-rats-via-potentiation-of-dopamine-release-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Silvia Antinori, Liana Fattore, Pierluigi Saba, Walter Fratta, Gian Luigi Gessa, Paola Devoto
Dopamine agonists have been proposed as therapeutic tools for cocaine addiction. We have recently demonstrated that indirect dopamine agonists, including levodopa (L-DOPA), markedly increase cocaine-induced dopamine release in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of rats leading to the suppression of cocaine-seeking behavior. This study was aimed to understand the behavioral and neurochemical effects of L-DOPA on cocaine-taking and cocaine-seeking in rats. After reaching a stable pattern of intravenous cocaine self-administration under a continuous fixed ratio (FR-1) schedule of reinforcement, male rats were treated with L-DOPA at different steps of the self-administration protocol...
April 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420200/integrating-spatial-working-memory-and-remote-memory-interactions-between-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-hippocampus
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Ryan A Wirt, James M Hyman
In recent years, two separate research streams have focused on information sharing between the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and hippocampus (HC). Research into spatial working memory has shown that successful execution of many types of behaviors requires synchronous activity in the theta range between the mPFC and HC, whereas studies of memory consolidation have shown that shifts in area dependency may be temporally modulated. While the nature of information that is being communicated is still unclear, spatial working memory and remote memory recall is reliant on interactions between these two areas...
April 18, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419244/resolvin-d1-and-d2-reverse-lipopolysaccharide-induced-depression-like-behaviors-through-the-mtorc1-signaling-pathway
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Satoshi Deyama, Yuka Ishikawa, Kotomi Yoshikawa, Kento Shimoda, Soichiro Ide, Masamichi Satoh, Masabumi Minami
Background: Resolvin D1 (RvD1) and D2 (RvD2) are bioactive lipid mediators that are generated from docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Although recent preclinical studies suggest that these compounds have antidepressant effects, their mechanisms of action remain unclear. Methods: We investigated mechanisms underlying the antidepressant effects of RvD1 and RvD2 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.8 mg/kg, i.p.)-induced depression model mice using a tail suspension test. Results: Intracerebroventricular (i...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418035/chronic-social-defeat-reduces-myelination-in-the-mouse-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Michael L Lehmann, Thaddeus K Weigel, Abdel G Elkahloun, Miles Herkenham
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) plays a key role in top-down control of the brain's stress axis, and its structure and function are particularly vulnerable to stress effects, which can lead to depression in humans and depressive-like states in animals. We tested whether chronic social defeat produces structural alterations in the mPFC in mice. We first performed a microarray analysis of mPFC gene expression changes induced by defeat, and biological pathway analysis revealed a dominant pattern of down-regulation of myelin-associated genes...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412142/early-enriched-physical-environment-reverses-impairments-of-the-hippocampus-but-not-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-adolescent-socially-isolated-mice
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Min Cao, Tinglin Pu, Linmei Wang, Charles Marshall, Hongliang He, Gang Hu, Ming Xiao
Early social isolation (SI) produces a variety of emotional, behavioral and cognitive abnormalities. Conversely, environmental enrichment (EE), a complicated social and physical construct, offers beneficial effects on brain plasticity and development. However, whether or not exclusive physical EE is sufficient to reverse the adverse consequences of adolescent SI remains unclear. Here we reported that 1 month-old solitary mice housed in the EE for 8 weeks corrected spatial cognitive dysfunction, but did not ameliorate social interaction deficits and increased anxiety-like behavior...
April 12, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411153/antagonism-of-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-medial-prefrontal-cortex-disrupts-the-context-preexposure-facilitation-effect
#6
P A Robinson-Drummer, N A Heroux, M E Stanton
Cholinergic function plays a role in a variant of context fear conditioning known as the context preexposure facilitation effect (CPFE; Robinson-Drummer, Dokovna, Heroux, & Stanton, 2016). In the CPFE, acquisition of a context representation, the context-shock association, and expression of context fear occur across successive phases, usually 24hr apart. Systemic administration of scopolamine, a muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist, prior to each phase (context preexposure, immediate-shock training, and testing) disrupts the CPFE in juvenile rats (Robinson-Drummer et al...
April 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408294/resilience-and-cross-network-connectivity-a-neural-model-for-post-trauma-survival
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Brunetti Marcella, Marzetti Laura, Sepede Gianna, Zappasodi Filippo, Pizzella Vittorio, Sarchione Fabiola, Vellante Federica, Martinotti Giovanni, Di Giannantonio Massimo
Literature on the neurobiological bases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) considers medial Prefrontal cortex (mPFC), a core region of the Default Mode Network (DMN), as a region involved in response regulation to stressors. Disrupted functioning of the DMN has been recognized at the basis of the pathophysiology of a number of mental disorders. Furthermore, in the evaluation of the protective factors to trauma consequence, an important role has been assigned to resilience. Our aim was to investigate the specific relation of resilience and PTSD symptoms severity with resting state brain connectivity in a traumatized population using magnetoencephalography (MEG), a non-invasive imaging technique with high temporal resolution and documented advantages in clinical applications...
April 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408291/altered-expression-of-circadian-rhythm-and-extracellular-matrix-genes-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-a-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism
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Nikkie F M Olde Loohuis, Gerard J M Martens, Hans van Bokhoven, Barry B Kaplan, Judith R Homberg, Armaz Aschrafi
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a highly heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders caused by complex interplay between various genes and environmental factors during embryonic development. Changes at the molecular, cellular and neuroanatomical levels are especially evident in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of ASD patients and are particularly contributing to social impairments. In the present study we tested the hypothesis that altered neuronal development and plasticity, as seen in the mPFC of ASD individuals, may result from aberrant expression of functionally connected genes...
April 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401839/caregiver-maltreatment-causes-altered-neuronal-dna-methylation-in-female-rodents
#9
Jennifer Blaze, Tania L Roth
Negative experiences with a caregiver during infancy can result in long-term changes in brain function and behavior, but underlying mechanisms are not well understood. It is our central hypothesis that brain and behavior changes are conferred by early childhood adversity through epigenetic changes involving DNA methylation. Using a rodent model of early-life caregiver maltreatment (involving exposure to an adverse caregiving environment for postnatal days 1-7), we have previously demonstrated abnormal methylation of DNA associated with the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf) gene in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of adult rats...
May 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401836/insensitive-parenting-may-accelerate-the-development-of-the-amygdala-medial-prefrontal-cortex-circuit
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Sandra Thijssen, Ryan L Muetzel, Marian J Bakermans-Kranenburg, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Henning Tiemeier, Frank C Verhulst, Tonya White, Marinus H Van Ijzendoorn
This study examined whether the association between age and amygdala-medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) connectivity in typically developing 6- to 10-year-old children is correlated with parental care. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scans were acquired from 124 children of the Generation R Study who at 4 years old had been observed interacting with their parents to assess maternal and paternal sensitivity. Amygdala functional connectivity was assessed using a general linear model with the amygdalae time series as explanatory variables...
May 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400125/age-dependent-decrease-of-gad65-67-mrnas-but-normal-densities-of-gabaergic-interneurons-in-the-brain-regions-of-shank3-overexpressing-manic-mouse-model
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Bokyoung Lee, Yinhua Zhang, Yoonhee Kim, Shinhyun Kim, Yeunkum Lee, Kihoon Han
Dysfunction of inhibitory GABAergic interneurons is considered a major pathophysiological feature of various neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. The variants of SHANK3 gene, encoding a core scaffold protein of the excitatory postsynapse, have been associated with numerous brain disorders. It has been suggested that abnormalities of GABAergic interneurons could contribute to the SHANK3-related disorders, but the limitation of these studies is that they used mainly Shank3 knock-out mice. Notably, Shank3-overexpressing transgenic mice, modeling human hyperkinetic disorders, also show reduced inhibitory synaptic transmission, abnormal electroencephalography, and spontaneous seizures...
April 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398341/the-cacna1c-risk-allele-rs1006737-is-associated-with-age-related-prefrontal-cortical-thinning-in-bipolar-i-disorder
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M G Soeiro-de-Souza, B Lafer, R A Moreno, F G Nery, T Chile, K Chaim, C da Costa Leite, R Machado-Vieira, M C G Otaduy, H Vallada
Calcium channels control the inflow of calcium ions into cells and are involved in diverse cellular functions. The CACNA1C gene polymorphism rs1006737 A allele has been strongly associated with increased risk for bipolar disorder (BD) and with modulation of brain morphology. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been widely associated with mood regulation in BD, but the role of this CACNA1C polymorphism in mPFC morphology and brain aging has yet to be elucidated. One hundred seventeen euthymic BD type I subjects were genotyped for CACNA1C rs1006737 and underwent 3 T three-dimensional structural magnetic resonance imaging scans to determine cortical thickness of mPFC components (superior frontal cortex (sFC), medial orbitofrontal cortex (mOFC), caudal anterior cingulate cortex (cACC) and rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC))...
April 11, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392711/dynamic-abnormalities-of-spontaneous-brain-activity-in-women-with-primary-dysmenorrhea
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Lingmin Jin, Xuejuan Yang, Peng Liu, Jinbo Sun, Fei Chen, Ziliang Xu, Wei Qin, Jie Tian
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the regional spontaneous brain activity changes in primary dysmenorrhea (PD) patients in different phases of the menstrual cycle by regional homogeneity (ReHo) analysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-three PD patients and 32 healthy controls (HCs) separately received resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging during menstrual phase and follicular phase (non-menstrual phase). Cox retrospective symptom scale (RSS), Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS) and Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) were applied to assess related symptoms and emotions...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392406/environmental-enrichment-enhances-systems-level-consolidation-of-a-spatial-memory-after-lesions-of-the-ventral-midline-thalamus
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Mohamad Ali, Thibault Cholvin, Marc Antoine Muller, Brigitte Cosquer, Christian Kelche, Jean-Christophe Cassel, Anne Pereira de Vasconcelos
Lesions of the reuniens and rhomboid (ReRh) thalamic nuclei in rats do not alter spatial learning but shorten the period of memory persistence (Loureiro et al. 2012). Such persistence requires a hippocampo-cortical (prefrontal) dialog leading to memory consolidation at the systems level. Evidence for reciprocal connections with the hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) makes the ReRh a potential hub for regulating hippocampo-cortical interactions. As environmental enrichment (EE) fosters recovery of declarative-like memory functions after diencephalic lesions (e...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392265/norepinephrine-regulates-cocaine-primed-reinstatement-via-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptors-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Karl T Schmidt, Jason P Schroeder, Stephanie L Foster, Katherine Squires, Brilee M Smith, Elizabeth G Pitts, Michael P Epstein, David Weinshenker
Drug-primed reinstatement of cocaine seeking in rats is thought to reflect relapse-like behavior and is mediated by the integration of signals from mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic projections and corticostriatal glutamatergic innervation. Cocaine-primed reinstatement can also be attenuated by systemic administration of dopamine β-hydroxylase (DBH) inhibitors, which prevent norepinephrine (NE) synthesis, or by α1-adrenergic receptor (α1AR) antagonists, indicating functional modulation by the noradrenergic system...
April 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391375/perk-signalling-pathway-mediates-single-prolonged-stress-induced-dysfunction-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-neurons
#16
Lili Wen, Bing Xiao, Yuxiu Shi, Fang Han
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized with abnormal learning and memory. Impairments in learning and memory are closely associated with apoptosis in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). We previously examined the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress was involved in the apoptosis in the mPFC of PTSD. The PERK pathway plays the important role in the ER stress-induced apoptosis. The aim of the present study was to explore the role of PERK pathway in neuronal apoptosis in the mPFC of rat models of PTSD...
April 8, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391014/neonatal-alcohol-exposure-reduces-number-of-parvalbumin-positive-interneurons-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-impairs-passive-avoidance-acquisition-in-mice-deficits-not-rescued-from-exercise
#17
G F Hamilton, I J Hernandez, C P Krebs, P J Bucko, J S Rhodes
Developmental alcohol exposure causes a host of cognitive and neuroanatomical abnormalities, one of which is impaired executive functioning resulting from medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) damage. This study determined whether third-trimester equivalent alcohol exposure reduced the number of mPFC GABAergic parvalbumin-positive (PV+) interneurons, hypothesized to play an important role in local inhibition of the mPFC. The impact on passive avoidance learning and the therapeutic role of aerobic exercise in adulthood was also explored...
April 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390892/opposite-control-of-mesocortical-and-mesoaccumbal-dopamine-pathways-by-serotonin2b-receptor-blockade-involvement-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-serotonin1a-receptors
#18
Céline Devroye, Nasser Haddjeri, Adeline Cathala, Renaud Rovera, Filippo Drago, Pier Vincenzo Piazza, Francesc Artigas, Umberto Spampinato
Recent studies have shown that serotonin2B receptor (5-HT2BR) antagonists exert opposite facilitatory and inhibitory effects on dopamine (DA) release in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc), respectively, thereby leading to the proposal that these compounds could provide an interesting pharmacological tool for treating schizophrenia. Although the mechanisms underlying these effects remain unknown, several data in the literature suggest that 5-HT1ARs located into the mPFC could participate in this interaction...
April 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389281/oxytocin-in-the-amygdala-and-not-the-prefrontal-cortex-enhances-fear-and-impairs-extinction-in-the-juvenile-rat
#19
Milly Kritman, Nisrine Lahoud, Mouna Maroun
A growing body of evidence suggests that the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin (OT), aside from its central role in the regulation of social behavior, reduces fear and anxiety. The functional and opposing interactions of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and the amygdala in regulation of fear provide a unique experimental setting to examine the effects of OT on fear and extinction. Recent evidence suggests that in the adult animal OT can play a dual role in the regulation of fear leading to contrasting effects on fear depending on the manipulated brain region and the time of manipulations...
April 4, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386778/gaba-content-within-medial-prefrontal-cortex-predicts-the-variability-of-fronto-limbic-effective-connectivity
#20
Stefano Delli Pizzi, Piero Chiacchieretta, Dante Mantini, Giovanna Bubbico, Richard A Edden, Marco Onofrj, Antonio Ferretti, Laura Bonanni
The amygdala-medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) circuit plays a key role in social behavior. The amygdala and mPFC are bidirectionally connected, functionally and anatomically, via the uncinate fasciculus. Recent evidence suggests that GABA-ergic neurotransmission within the mPFC could be central to the regulation of amygdala activity related to emotions and anxiety processing. However, the functional and neurochemical interactions within amygdala-mPFC circuits are unclear. In the current study, multimodal magnetic resonance imaging techniques were combined to investigate effective connectivity within the amygdala-mPFC network and its relationship with mPFC neurotransmission in 22 healthy subjects aged between 41 and 88 years...
April 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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