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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651358/rem-sleep-theta-changes-in-frequent-nightmare-recallers
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Louis-Philippe Marquis, Tyna Paquette, Cloé Blanchette-Carrière, Gaëlle Dumel, Tore Nielsen
The sleep of individuals suffering from frequent non-traumatic nightmares (NM) could prove useful in uncovering neural mechanisms involved in NM production. Past research has shown enhanced relative 10-14.5Hz activity ('high alpha') during REM sleep in frequent NM recallers, while other findings are consistent with a role for theta activity in REM-dependent memory processing. To replicate and expand upon this study, we computed spectral activity for sleep and wake EEG recordings from 18 frequent NM recallers and 15 control participants...
June 23, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650315/transient-acidosis-while-retrieving-a-fear-related-memory-enhances-its-lability
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Jianyang Du, Margaret P Price, Rebecca J Taugher, Daniel Grigsby, Jamison J Ash, Austin C Stark, Md Zubayer Hossain Saad, Kritika Singh, Juthika Mandal, John A Wemmie, Michael J Welsh
Attenuating the strength of fearful memories could benefit people disabled by memories of past trauma. Pavlovian conditioning experiments indicate that a retrieval cue can return a conditioned aversive memory to a labile state. However, means to enhance retrieval and render a memory more labile are unknown. We hypothesized that augmenting synaptic signaling during retrieval would increase memory lability. To enhance synaptic transmission, mice inhaled CO2 to induce an acidosis and activate acid sensing ion channels...
June 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647452/differential-roles-of-the-infralimbic-and-prelimbic-areas-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-in-reconsolidation-of-a-traumatic-memory
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Natali Levin, Milly Kritman, Mouna Maroun, Irit Akirav
Studies about reconsolidation of conditioned fear memories have shown that pharmacological manipulation at memory reactivation can attenuate or enhance the subsequent expression of the conditioned fear response. Here we examined the effects of a single injection of the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin (Rap) into the infralimbic (IL) and prelimbic (PL) areas [which compose the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (PFC)] on reconsolidation and extinction of a traumatic fear memory. We found opposite effects of Rap infused into the PL and IL on reconsolidation and extinction: intra-PL Rap and systemic Rap impaired reconsolidation and facilitated extinction whereas intra-IL Rap enhanced reconsolidation and impaired extinction...
June 22, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630256/the-small-gtpase-rac1-contributes-to-extinction-of-aversive-memories-of-drug-withdrawal-by-facilitating-gabaa-receptor-endocytosis-in-the-vmpfc
#4
Wei-Sheng Wang, Yun-Yue Ju, Qi-Xin Zhou, Jian-Xin Tang, Meng Li, Lei Zhang, Shuo Kang, Zhong-Guo Chen, Yu-Jun Wang, Hui Ji, Yu-Qiang Ding, Lin Xu, Jing-Gen Liu
Extinction of aversive memories has been a major concern in neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders and drug addiction. However, the mechanisms underlying extinction of aversive memories are not fully understood. Here, we report that extinction of conditioned place aversion (CPA) to naloxone-precipitated opiate withdrawal in male rats activates Rho GTPase Rac1 in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) in a BDNF-dependent manner, which determines GABAA receptor (GABAAR) endocytosis via triggering synaptic translocation of activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) through facilitating actin polymerization...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626932/dentate-gyrus-neurogenesis-ablation-via-cranial-irradiation-enhances-morphine-self-administration-and-locomotor-sensitization
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Sarah E Bulin, Matthew L Mendoza, Devon R Richardson, Kwang H Song, Timothy D Solberg, Sanghee Yun, Amelia J Eisch
Adult dentate gyrus (DG) neurogenesis is important for hippocampal-dependent learning and memory, but the role of new neurons in addiction-relevant learning and memory is unclear. To test the hypothesis that neurogenesis is involved in the vulnerability to morphine addiction, we ablated adult DG neurogenesis and examined morphine self-administration (MSA) and locomotor sensitization. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent hippocampal-focused, image-guided X-ray irradiation (IRR) to eliminate new DG neurons or sham treatment (Sham)...
June 19, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626015/reciprocal-interaction-of-dendrite-geometry-and-nuclear-calcium-vegfd-signaling-gates-memory-consolidation-and-extinction
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Thekla J Hemstedt, C Peter Bengtson, Omar Ramírez, Ana Mm Oliveira, Hilmar Bading
Nuclear calcium is an important signaling end-point in synaptic excitation-transcription coupling that is critical for long-term neuroadaptations. Here we show that nuclear calcium acting via a target gene VEGFD is required for hippocampus-dependent fear memory consolidation and extinction in mice. Nuclear calcium-VEGFD signaling upholds structural integrity and complexity of the dendritic arbor of CA1 neurons that renders those cells permissive for the efficient generation of synaptic input-evoked nuclear calcium transients driving the expression of plasticity-related genes...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625547/contextual-fear-conditioning-is-enhanced-in-mice-lacking-functional-sphingosine-kinase-2
#7
Mona Lei, Adeena Shafique, Kani Shang, Timothy A Couttas, Hua Zhao, Anthony S Don, Tim Karl
The lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a potent neuroprotective signalling molecule that signals through its own family of five G-protein coupled receptors. S1P signalling enhances presynaptic glutamate release and is essential for neural development. S1P is synthesized by the enzymes sphingosine kinases 1 and 2 (SphK1 and SphK2), of which SphK2 mRNA and activity is more abundant in the brain. In this study we investigated the consequences of global SphK2 knockout (SphK2(-/-)) on basic motor capabilities, anxiety, learning, and memory in mice, using a range of tests including the elevated plus maze, the cheeseboard, contextual and cued fear conditioning, and fear extinction...
June 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625125/dreams-and-psychedelics-neurophenomenological-comparison-and-therapeutic-implications
#8
Rainer Kraehenmann
A resurgence of neurobiological and clinical research is currently underway into the therapeutic potential of serotonergic or 'classical' psychedelics, such as the prototypical psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine), and ayahuasca - a betacarboline- and dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing Amazonian beverage. However, the mechanisms of therapeutic action are still not fully explained. Given that an altered state of consciousness is a common denominator that characterizes all classical psychedelics and given that both rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) and psychedelics modulate perception, mental imagery, emotion activation, fear memory extinction, and sense of self and body, in the present article, these two states of consciousness are systematically compared, and therapeutically relevant conclusions are drawn based on available evidence...
June 18, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624583/pre-adolescent-and-adolescent-mice-are-less-sensitive-to-the-effects-of-acute-nicotine-on-extinction-and-spontaneous-recovery
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Munir Gunes Kutlu, Dana Zeid, Jessica M Tumolo, Thomas J Gould
Adolescence is a period of high risk for the initiation of nicotine product usage and exposure to traumatic events. In parallel, nicotine exposure has been found to age-dependently modulate acquisition of contextual fear memories; however, it is unknown if adolescent nicotine exposure alters extinction of fear related memories. Age-related differences in sensitivity to the effects of nicotine on fear extinction could increase or decrease susceptibility to anxiety disorders. In this study, we examined the effects of acute nicotine administration on extinction and spontaneous recovery of contextual fear memories in pre-adolescent (PND 23), late adolescent (PND 38), and adult (PND 53) C57B6/J mice...
June 15, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624572/role-of-beta-catenin-and-endocannabinoids-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-extinction-in-rats-exposed-to-shock-and-reminders
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Nachshon Korem, Rachel Lange, Cecilia J Hillard, Irit Akirav
The response to a traumatic experience may be rapid recovery or development of psychopathology such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Impaired extinction of fear memories is thought to contribute to the development of the persistent trauma memories and avoidance. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway and the endocannabinoid system appear to play significant roles in anxiety and depressive symptoms. Here we examined the involvement of β-catenin in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in extinction in rats exposed to the shock and reminders model of PTSD...
June 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620339/the-stress-acceleration-hypothesis-of-nightmares
#11
Tore Nielsen
Adverse childhood experiences can deleteriously affect future physical and mental health, increasing risk for many illnesses, including psychiatric problems, sleep disorders, and, according to the present hypothesis, idiopathic nightmares. Much like post-traumatic nightmares, which are triggered by trauma and lead to recurrent emotional dreaming about the trauma, idiopathic nightmares are hypothesized to originate in early adverse experiences that lead in later life to the expression of early memories and emotions in dream content...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620325/reduced-consolidation-reinstatement-and-renewal-of-conditioned-fear-memory-by-repetitive-treatment-of-radix-polygalae-in-mice
#12
Jung-Won Shin, Hyunwoo Park, Yoonju Cho, Suck Lee, Jiwon Yoon, Sungho Maeng
The therapeutic goal for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is to promote extinction and to prevent the relapse of fearful memories. Research has identified pharmacological treatments that may regulate the formation and extinction of fear memories, but not many reagents that block the relapse of extinguished fear are known. Radix Polygalae (RP) is an Asian herb used for sedation, and its ingredients have anxiolytic and antidepressant properties. As various neurological effects have been identified, we tested whether RP affects the relapse of fear...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618306/effects-of-acute-exercise-on-fear-extinction-in-rats-and-exposure-therapy-in-humans-null-findings-from-five-experiments
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Jolene Jacquart, Rheall F Roquet, Santiago Papini, Mark B Powers, David Rosenfield, Jasper A J Smits, Marie-H Monfils
BACKGROUND: Exposure therapy is an established learning-based intervention for the treatment of anxiety disorders with an average response rate of nearly 50%, leaving room for improvement. Emerging strategies to enhance exposure therapy in humans and fear extinction retention in animal models are primarily pharmacological. These approaches are limited as many patients report preferring non-pharmacological approaches in therapy. With general cognitive enhancement effects, exercise has emerged as a plausible non-pharmacological augmentation strategy...
June 4, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595089/dexamethasone-facilitates-fear-extinction-and-safety-discrimination-in-ptsd-a-placebo-controlled-double-blind-study
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Vasiliki Michopoulos, Seth D Norrholm, Jennifer S Stevens, Ebony M Glover, Barbara O Rothbaum, Charles F Gillespie, Ann C Schwartz, Kerry J Ressler, Tanja Jovanovic
Psychophysiological hallmarks of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include exaggerated fear responses, impaired inhibition and extinction of conditioned fear, and decreased discrimination between safety and fear cues. This increased fear load associated with PTSD can be a barrier to effective therapy thus indicating the need for new treatments to reduce fear expression in people with PTSD. One potential biological target for reducing fear expression in PTSD is the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is dysregulated in PTSD...
May 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588364/extinction-of-contextual-fear-with-timed-exposure-to-enriched-environment-a-differential-effect
#15
Preethi Hegde, Shane O'Mara, Thenkanidiyoor Rao Laxmi
BACKGROUND: Extinction of fear memory depends on the environmental and emotional cues. Furthermore, consolidation of extinction is also dependent on the environmental exposure. But, the relationship of the time of the exposure to a variety of environmental cues is not well known. The important region involved in facilitation of extinction of fear memory is through diversion of the flow of information leaving the lateral nucleus of amygdala. PURPOSE: The study aimed to address a question to explain how these brain regions react to environmental stimulation during the retention and extinction of fear memory...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574862/the-role-of-micrornas-in-the-therapeutic-action-of-d-cycloserine-in-a-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-animal-model-an-exploratory-study
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Stefanie Malan-Müller, Lorren Fairbairn, Stephanie Hart, Willie M U Daniels, Mahjoubeh Jalali Sefid Dashti, Martin Kidd, Soraya Seedat, Junaid Gamieldien, Sîan M J Hemmings
OBJECTIVES: Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by impaired fear extinction and excessive anxiety. D-Cycloserine (DCS) has previously been shown to facilitate fear extinction and decrease anxiety in animal and human studies. This study utilized a contextual fear-conditioning animal model to investigate the involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in fear extinction and the reduction of anxiety, as mediated by the co-administration of DCS and behavioural fear extinction. METHODS: Fear conditioning consisted of an electric foot shock; fear extinction consisted of behavioural fear extinction co-administered with either DCS or saline...
June 1, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559170/integration-of-contextual-cues-into-memory-depends-on-prefrontal-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors
#17
Sarah Starosta, Isabelle Bartetzko, Maik C Stüttgen, Onur Güntürkün
Every learning event is embedded in a context, but not always does the context become an integral part of the memory; however, for extinction learning it usually does, resulting in context-specific conditioned responding. The neuronal mechanisms underlying contextual control have been mainly investigated for Pavlovian fear extinction with a focus on hippocampal structures. However, the initial acquisition of novel responses can be subject to contextual control as well, although the neuronal mechanisms are mostly unknown...
May 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550793/acute-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-treatment-enhances-extinction-memory-in-male-rats
#18
L Y Maeng, M B Taha, K K Cover, S S Glynn, M Murillo, K Lebron-Milad, M R Milad
Leuprolide acetate (LEU), also known as Lupron, is commonly used to treat prostate cancer in men. As a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor agonist, it initially stimulates the release of gonadal hormones, testosterone (T) and estradiol. This surge eventually suppresses these hormones, preventing the further growth and spread of cancer cells. Individuals receiving this treatment often report anxiety and cognitive changes, but LEU's effects on the neural mechanisms that are involved in anxiety during the trajectory of treatment are not well known...
May 17, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549664/role-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-mediated-mechanisms-in-cocaine-memory-enhancement
#19
S J Stringfield, J A Higginbotham, R Wang, A L Berger, R J McLaughlin, R A Fuchs
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a critical site for the reconsolidation of labile contextual cocaine memories following retrieval-induced reactivation/destabilization. Here, we examined whether glucocorticoid receptors (GR), which are abundant in the BLA, mediate this phenomenon. Rats were trained to lever press for cocaine reinforcement in a distinct environmental context, followed by extinction training in a different context. Rats were then briefly exposed to the cocaine-paired context (to elicit memory reactivation and reconsolidation) or their home cages (no reactivation control)...
May 23, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546308/dentate-gyrus-contributes-to-retrieval-as-well-as-encoding-evidence-from-context-fear-conditioning-recall-and-extinction
#20
Brian E Bernier, Anthony F Lacagnina, Adam Ayoub, Francis Shue, Boris V Zemelman, Franklin B Krasne, Michael R Drew
Dentate gyrus (DG) is widely thought to provide a teaching signal that enables hippocampal encoding of memories, but its role during retrieval is poorly understood. Some data and models suggest that DG plays no role in retrieval; others encourage the opposite conclusion. To resolve this controversy, we evaluated the effects of optogenetic inhibition of dorsal DG during context fear conditioning, recall, generalization, and extinction in male mice. We found that (1) inhibition during training impaired context fear acquisition; (2) inhibition during recall did not impair fear expression in the training context, unless mice had to distinguish between similar feared and neutral contexts; (3) inhibition increased generalization of fear to an unfamiliar context that was similar to a feared one and impaired fear expression in the conditioned context when it was similar to a neutral one; (4) inhibition impaired fear extinction...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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