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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726252/central-amygdala-relaxin-3-rxfp3-signalling-modulates-alcohol-seeking-in-rats
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Leigh C Walker, Hanna E Kastman, Elena Krstew, Andrew L Gundlach, Andrew J Lawrence
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Alcohol use disorders are a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide and stress is a major trigger of relapse. The neuropeptide relaxin-3 and its cognate receptor, relaxin family peptide receptor 3 (RXFP3), modulate stress-induced relapse to alcohol seeking in rats and while the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis has been implicated in this regard, the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) also receives a relaxin-3 innervation and CeA neurons densely express RXFP3 mRNA...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715875/acute-orexigenic-effect-of-agmatine-involves-interaction-between-central-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-and-gabaergic-receptors
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Brijesh Gulabrao Taksande, Omi Sharma, Manish Manohar Aglawe, Mayur Bhimrao Kale, Dinesh Yugraj Gawande, Milind Janraoji Umekar, Nandkishor Ramdas Kotagale
Agmatine and GABA have been abundantly expressed in brain nuclei involved in regulation of energy homeostasis and promoting stimulation of food intake in rodents. However, their mutual interaction, if any, in the elicitation of feeding behavior is largely remains unclear. The current study provides experimental evidence for the possible interaction of agmatine, adrenergic and GABAergic systems in stimulation of feeding in satiated rats. Satiated rats fitted with intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) cannulae and were administered agmatine, alone or jointly with (a) GABAA receptor agonist, muscimol, diazepam or antagonist bicuculline and flumazenil, GABAA positive modulator, allopregnanolone or negative modulator of GABAA receptor, dehydroepiandrosterone (b) In view of the high affinity of agmatine for α2-adrenoceptors and the close association between α2-adrenoceptors and GABAergic system, the effect of their modulators on feeding elicited by agmatine/GABAergic agonists were also examined...
July 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711518/antagonism-of-the-5-ht6-receptor-preclinical-rationale-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Inge E M de Jong, Arne Mørk
Antagonism of the 5-HT6 receptor is a promising approach for the symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). There is compelling preclinical evidence for the procognitive potential of 5-HT6 receptor antagonists and several compounds are in clinical development, as adjunct therapy to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs). This manuscript summarizes the scientific rationale for the use of 5-HT6 receptor antagonists as AD treatment, with some focus on the selective and high-affinity 5-HT6 receptor antagonist idalopirdine (Lu AE58054)...
July 12, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699296/long-lasting-contribution-of-dopamine-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-but-not-dorsal-lateral-striatum-to-sign-tracking
#4
Kurt M Fraser, Patricia H Janak
The attribution of incentive salience to reward-paired cues is dependent on dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens core. These dopamine signals conform to traditional reward-prediction error signals and have been shown to diminish with time. Here we examined if the diminishing dopamine signal in the nucleus accumbens core has functional implications for the expression of sign-tracking, a Pavlovian conditioned response indicative of the attribution of incentive salience to reward-paired cues. Food-restricted male Sprague-Dawley rats were trained in a Pavlovian paradigm in which an insertable lever predicted delivery of food reward in a nearby food cup...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678402/inhibitory-modulation-of-medial-prefrontal-cortical-activation-on-lateral-orbitofrontal-cortex-amygdala-information-flow
#5
Chun-Hui Chang, Ta-Wen Ho
Several neocortical projections converge onto the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA), including the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (lOFC) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Lateral orbitofrontal input to BLA is important for cue-outcome contingencies, while medial prefrontal input is essential for emotion control. In this study, we examined how mPFC, specifically the infralimbic (IL) division of mPFC, modulates the lOFC-BLA information flow, using combined in vivo extracellular single-unit recordings and pharmacological manipulations in anesthetized rats...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674483/hypotensive-response-to-angiotensin-ii-type-2-receptor-stimulation-in-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla-requires-functional-gaba-a-receptors
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Laura Légat, Sofie Brouwers, Ilse J Smolders, Alain G Dupont
Objectives: Angiotensin II, glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) interact within the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) modulating the central regulation of blood pressure and sympathetic tone. Our aim was to assess the effects of local angiotensin II type 2 receptor stimulation within the RVLM and the PVN on neurotransmitter concentrations and mean arterial pressure (MAP). Methods:In vivo microdialysis was used for measurement of extracellular glutamate and GABA levels and for local infusion of the angiotensin II type 2 receptor agonist Compound 21 in the RVLM and the PVN of conscious normotensive Wistar rats...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669783/gabaergic-signaling-within-the-basolateral-amygdala-complex-modulates-resistance-to-the-labilization-reconsolidation-process
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Pablo Javier Espejo, Pharm D Vanesa Ortiz, Irene Delia Martijena, Victor Alejandro Molina
It is well known that stress can affect mnemonic processes. In particular, stress before contextual fear conditioning induces a memory which exhibits resistance to being interfered with by Midazolam (MDZ) when applied after memory retrieval. Moreover, stress exposure strongly affects GABAergic transmission within the Basolateral Amygdala Complex (BLA), a brain structure critically involved in fear memory processing. The present study evaluated the involvement of GABAergic signaling within the BLA on the induction of resistance to memory reconsolidation interference...
June 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662175/gabab-receptor-dependent-bidirectional-regulation-of-critical-period-ocular-dominance-plasticity-in-cats
#8
Shanshan Cai, Quentin S Fischer, Yu He, Li Zhang, Hanxiao Liu, Nigel W Daw, Yupeng Yang
Gama amino butyric acid (GABA) inhibition plays an important role in the onset and offset of the critical period for ocular dominance (OD) plasticity in the primary visual cortex. Previous studies have focused on the involvement of GABAA receptors, while the potential contribution of GABAB receptors to OD plasticity has been neglected. In this study, the GABAB receptor antagonist SCH50911 or agonist baclofen was infused into the primary visual cortex of cats concurrently with a period of monocular deprivation (MD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658981/pharmacotherapy-of-alcoholism-an-update-on-approved-and-off-label-medications
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Michael Soyka, Christian A Müller
Only a few medications are available for the treatment of alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Areas covered: This paper discusses approved AUD medications, including the opioid antagonists naltrexone and nalmefene (the latter is licensed for reduction of alcohol consumption only), the putative glutamate receptor antagonist acamprosate and the aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitor disulfiram. It also covers off-label medications of interest, including topiramate, gabapentin, ondansetron, varenicline, baclofen, sodium oxybate and antidepressants...
July 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655609/oxytocin-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-attenuates-anxiety-anatomical-and-receptor-specificity-and-mechanism-of-action
#10
Sara Sabihi, Shirley M Dong, Skyler D Maurer, Caitlin Post, Benedetta Leuner
Numerous studies in animals and humans have established that oxytocin (OT) reduces anxiety. In rats, the prelimbic (PL) subregion of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) is among the brain areas implicated in the anxiolytic actions of OT. However, questions remain about the anatomical and receptor specificity of OT and its mechanism of action. Here we assessed whether the regulation of anxiety by mPFC OT is restricted to the PL subregion and evaluated whether oxytocin receptor (OTR) activation is required for OT to have an anxiolytic effect...
June 24, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654794/preclinical-evidence-of-the-anxiolytic-and-sedative-like-activities-of-tagetes-erecta-l-reinforces-its-ethnobotanical-approach
#11
Gimena Pérez-Ortega, Guadalupe Esther Angeles-López, Arturo Argueta-Villamar, María Eva González-Trujano
Morelos State is one of the regions of Mexico where several plant species are used in traditional medicine. Species from Tagetes genus (Asteraceae) are reported as useful in infusion to treat stomachache and intestinal diseases, but also as tranquilizers. In this study, medicinal uses of T. erecta including its depressant effect on the central nervous system (CNS) were explored by interviewing healers and merchants of local markets of Morelos State, and by investigation of the phytochemical and pharmacological tranquilizing properties...
June 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652536/the-important-role-of-ghrelin-on-gastric-contraction-in-suncus-murinus
#12
Shota Takemi, Ichiro Sakata, Kayuri Kuroda, Yuki Miyano, Anupon Mondal, Takafumi Sakai
Ghrelin, a peptide hormone produced in the stomach, has been known to be involved in the regulation of gastric contraction in humans and rodents. To elucidate the detailed mechanisms of ghrelin on gastric contractions, we used Suncus murinus, a recently established small animal model for gastrointestinal motility. S. murinus produces motilin, a family peptide of ghrelin, and its stomach anatomy and physiological patterns of gastric contractions, in fed and fasted states, are closely similar to humans. Ghrelin administration in phase II, and latter half of phase I, of the migrating motor contractions (MMC) enhanced gastric motility in S...
2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649201/evaluation-of-jnj-54717793-a-novel-brain-penetrant-selective-orexin-1-receptor-antagonist-in-two-rat-models-of-panic-attack-provocation
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Pascal Bonaventure, Christine Dugovic, Brock Shireman, Cathy Preville, Sujin Yun, Brian Lord, Diane Nepomuceno, Michelle Wennerholm, Timothy Lovenberg, Nicolas Carruthers, Stephanie D Fitz, Anantha Shekhar, Philip L Johnson
Orexin neurons originating in the perifornical and lateral hypothalamic area are highly reactive to anxiogenic stimuli and have strong projections to anxiety and panic-associated circuitry. Recent studies support a role for the orexin system and in particular the orexin 1 receptor (OX1R) in coordinating an integrative stress response. However, no selective OX1R antagonist has been systematically tested in two preclinical models of using panicogenic stimuli that induce panic attack in the majority of people with panic disorder, namely an acute hypercapnia-panic provocation model and a model involving chronic inhibition of GABA synthesis in the perifornical hypothalamic area followed by intravenous sodium lactate infusion...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646451/regulation-of-sustained-attention-false-alarm-responding-and-implementation-of-conditional-rules-by-prefrontal-gabaa-transmission-comparison-with-nmda-transmission
#14
Meagan L Auger, Juliet Meccia, Stan B Floresco
RATIONALE: Both prefrontal cortex (PFC) GABAA and NMDA transmission regulate attentional processes, yet how they may differentially regulate signal detection or other aspects of attention is unclear. OBJECTIVES: We examined PFC GABAA and NMDA receptor regulation of attention using a sustained attention task (SAT) permitting identification of distinct forms of impairments. As this task requires implementation of conditional rules, we also investigated how reducing PFC GABA transmission affected performance of visual and auditory conditional discriminations...
June 24, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642284/excitation-of-gabaergic-neurons-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-triggers-immediate-transition-from-non-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-to-wakefulness-in-mice
#15
Shota Kodani, Shingo Soya, Takeshi Sakurai
Emotionally salient situations usually trigger arousal along with autonomic and neuroendocrine reactions. To examine whether the extended amygdala plays a role in sleep/wakefulness regulation, we examined the effects of optogenetic and pharmacogenetic excitation of GABAergic neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (GABA(BNST) neurons). Acute optogenetic excitation of these cells during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep resulted in immediate state transition to wakefulness, while stimulation during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep showed no effect on sleep/wakefulness states in male mice...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642282/kappa-opioid-receptors-mediate-heterosynaptic-suppression-of-hippocampal-inputs-in-the-rat-ventral-striatum
#16
Julie Brooks, Patricio O'Donnell
Kappa opioid receptors (KOR) are highly enriched within the ventral striatum (VS) and are thought to modulate striatal neurotransmission. This includes presynaptic inhibition of local glutamatergic release from excitatory inputs to the VS. However, it is not known which inputs drive this modulation and what impact they have on the local circuit dynamics within the VS. Individual medium spiny neurons (MSNs) within the VS serve as a site of convergence for glutamatergic inputs arising from the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and limbic regions, such as the hippocampus (HP)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638920/-a-study-on-toxic-effects-of-sodium-salicylate-on-rat-cochlear-spiral-ganglion-neurons-dopamine-receptors-mediate-expressions-of-nmda-and-gabaa-receptors
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Ting-Jia Wei, Hui-Ying Chen, Xi Huang, Jing-Jin Weng, Jiang-Yuan Qin, Ji-Ping Su
The aim of the present study was to observe whether dopamine receptor (DR) was involved in the effects of sodium salicylate (SS) on the expressions of N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in rat cochlear spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs). Forty-eight hours after primary culture of rat SGNs, immunofluorescence technique was applied to detect expressions of DR1 and DR2, the two subtypes of dopamine receptors. Western blot was performed to assess NMDA receptor NR1 subunit and GABAA receptor subunit α2 (GABRα2) protein expressions in the SGNs after the treatments of SS alone or in combination with DR antagonists...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587936/intra-hippocampal-microinjection-of-oxytocin-produced-antiepileptic-effect-on-the-pentylenetetrazol-induced-epilepsy-in-rats
#18
Amir Erfanparast, Esmaeal Tamaddonfard, Farzin Henareh-Chareh
BACKGROUND: In addition to its role as a circulating hormone, oxytocin can also act as a neurotransmitter and a neuromodulator within the brain. In this study, we investigated the intra-hippocampal effect of oxytocin on an experimental seizure model induced by pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) in rats. We also used atosiban (oxytocin antagonist), diazepam and flumazenil (gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA-benzodiazepine receptor agonist and antagonist, respectively) to clarify the involved mechanism...
March 12, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587900/altered-reactivity-of-central-amygdala-to-gabaar-antagonist-in-the-bachd-rat-model-of-huntington-disease
#19
Charlotte Lamirault, Libo Yu-Taeger, Valérie Doyère, Olaf Riess, Huu Phuc Nguyen, Nicole El Massioui
In Huntington's disease (HD), dysfunctional affective processes emerge as key symptoms of disturbances. In human HD and transgenic rat models of the disease, the amygdala was previously shown to have a reduced volume and to carry a high load of mutant huntingtin (mHTT) aggregates. In search of the pathophysiology of affective dysregulation in HD, we hypothesized a specific role of the central amygdala (CeA), known to be particularly involved in emotional regulation. Using transgenic BACHD rats carrying full-length human mHTT, we compared behavioral consequences of pharmacological modulation of CeA function by infusing GABAA receptor (GABAAR) antagonist picrotoxin into ∼4...
June 3, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575529/abnormal-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-neurotransmission-in-a-kcnq2-model-of-early-onset-epilepsy
#20
Taku Uchida, Christoph Lossin, Yukiko Ihara, Masanobu Deshimaru, Yuchio Yanagawa, Susumu Koyama, Shinichi Hirose
OBJECTIVE: Mutations of the KCNQ2 gene, which encodes the Kv 7.2 subunit of voltage-gated M-type potassium channels, have been associated with epilepsy in the neonatal period. This developmental stage is unique in that the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is inhibitory in adults, triggers excitatory action due to a reversed chloride gradient. METHODS: To examine whether KCNQ2-related neuronal hyperexcitability involves neonatally excitatory GABA, we examined 1-week-old knockin mice expressing the Kv 7...
June 2, 2017: Epilepsia
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