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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104225/microrna-mediated-rescue-of-fear-extinction-memory-by-mir-144-3p-in-extinction-impaired-mice
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Conor P Murphy, Xiang Li, Verena Maurer, Michael Oberhauser, Ronald Gstir, Luis Eduardo Wearick-Silva, Thiago Wendt Viola, Simon Schafferer, Rodrigo Grassi-Oliverira, Nigel Whittle, Alexander Hüttenhofer, Timothy W Bredy, Nicolas Singewald
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miRNA)-mediated control of gene expression suggests that miRNAs are interesting targets and/or biomarkers in the treatment of anxiety- and trauma-related disorders, where often memory-associated gene expression is adversely affected. METHODS: The role of miRNAs in the rescue of impaired fear extinction was assessed using the 129S1/SvlmJ (S1) mouse model of impaired fear extinction. miRNA microarray analysis, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, fluorescent in situ hybridization, lentiviral overexpression, and Luciferase reporter assays were used to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying miRNA-mediated normalization of deficient fear extinction...
December 26, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103235/real-time-multiplicative-memory-amplification-mediated-by-whole-cell-scaling-of-synaptic-response-in-key-neurons
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Iris Reuveni, Sourav Ghosh, Edi Barkai
Intense spiking response of a memory-pattern is believed to play a crucial role both in normal learning and pathology, where it can create biased behavior. We recently proposed a novel model for memory amplification where the simultaneous two-fold increase of all excitatory (AMPAR-mediated) and inhibitory (GABAAR-mediated) synapses in a sub-group of cells that constitutes a memory-pattern selectively amplifies this memory. Here we confirm the cellular basis of this model by validating its major predictions in four sets of experiments, and demonstrate its induction via a whole-cell transduction mechanism...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101715/cortex-and-amygdala-dependent-learning-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-gene-expression-is-severely-impaired-in-mice-orally-treated-with-alcl3
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Syeda Mehpara Farhat, Aamra Mahboob, Touqeer Ahmed
Recent industrialization has increased human exposure to bio-available aluminum (Al). If more Al enters the brain than leaves, Al concentration will rise in the brain leading to neurodegenerative disorders. The aim of the present study was to determine Al concentration, neurodegeneration, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) gene expression in the cortex and amygdala after oral ingestion of Al salt. The effect of Al on cortex- and amygdala-dependent learning and memory functions was also assessed. Mice were given AlCl3 (250 mg/kg) in drinking water for 42 days...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098244/stochastic-evolution-in-populations-of-ideas
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Robin Nicole, Peter Sollich, Tobias Galla
It is known that learning of players who interact in a repeated game can be interpreted as an evolutionary process in a population of ideas. These analogies have so far mostly been established in deterministic models, and memory loss in learning has been seen to act similarly to mutation in evolution. We here propose a representation of reinforcement learning as a stochastic process in finite 'populations of ideas'. The resulting birth-death dynamics has absorbing states and allows for the extinction or fixation of ideas, marking a key difference to mutation-selection processes in finite populations...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097489/enhanced-histone-acetylation-in-the-infralimbic-prefrontal-cortex-is-associated-with-fear-extinction
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Sarfraj Ahmad Siddiqui, Sanjay Singh, Vandana Ranjan, Rajesh Ugale, Sudipta Saha, Anand Prakash
The molecular processes that establish fear memory are complex and involve a combination of genetic and epigenetic influences. Dysregulation of these processes can manifest in humans as a range of fear-related anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). In the present study, immunohistochemistry for acetyl H3, H4, c-fos, CBP (CREB-binding protein) in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex (IL-PFC) and prelimbic prefrontal cortex (PL-PFC) of mPFC (medial prefrontal cortex) and basal amygdala (BA), lateral amygdala (LA), centrolateral amygdala (CeL), centromedial amygdala (CeM) of the amygdala was performed to link region-specific histone acetylation to fear and extinction learning...
January 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094035/extinction-generates-outcome-specific-conditioned-inhibition
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Vincent Laurent, Billy Chieng, Bernard W Balleine
Extinction involves altering a previously established predictive relationship between a cue and its outcome by repeatedly presenting that cue alone. Although it is widely accepted that extinction generates some form of inhibitory learning [1-4], direct evidence for this claim has been lacking, and the nature of the associative changes induced by extinction have, therefore, remained a matter of debate [5-8]. In the current experiments, we used a novel behavioral approach that we recently developed and that provides a direct measure of conditioned inhibition [9] to compare the influence of extinguished and non-extinguished cues on choice between goal-directed actions...
December 5, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071689/haploinsufficiency-of-ehmt1-improves-pattern-separation-and-increases-hippocampal-cell-proliferation
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Marco Benevento, Charlotte A Oomen, Alexa E Horner, Houshang Amiri, Tessa Jacobs, Charlotte Pauwels, Monica Frega, Tjitske Kleefstra, Maksym V Kopanitsa, Seth G N Grant, Timothy J Bussey, Lisa M Saksida, Catharina E E M Van der Zee, Hans van Bokhoven, Jeffrey C Glennon, Nael Nadif Kasri
Heterozygous mutations or deletions of the human Euchromatin Histone Methyltransferase 1 (EHMT1) gene are the main causes of Kleefstra syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by impaired memory, autistic features and mostly severe intellectual disability. Previously, Ehmt1(+/-) heterozygous knockout mice were found to exhibit cranial abnormalities and decreased sociability, phenotypes similar to those observed in Kleefstra syndrome patients. In addition, Ehmt1(+/-) knockout mice were impaired at fear extinction and novel- and spatial object recognition...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069463/extinction-and-recovery-of-an-avoidance-memory-impaired-by-scopolamine
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N M Navarro, M C Krawczyk, M M Boccia, M G Blake
Pre-training administration of scopolamine (SCP) resembles situations of cholinergic dysfunction, leading to memory impairment of mice trained in an inhibitory avoidance task. We suggest here that SCP does not impair memory formation, but acquisition is affected in a way that reduces the strength of the stored memory, thus making this memory less able to control behavior when tested. Hence, a memory trace is stored, but is poorly expressed during the test. Although weakly expressed, this memory shows extinction during successive tests, and can be strengthened by using a reminder...
January 6, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067903/modulation-of-excitation-on-parvalbumin-interneurons-by-neuroligin-3-regulates-the-hippocampal-network
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Jai S Polepalli, Hemmings Wu, Debanjan Goswami, Casey H Halpern, Thomas C Südhof, Robert C Malenka
Hippocampal network activity is generated by a complex interplay between excitatory pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons. Although much is known about the molecular properties of excitatory synapses on pyramidal cells, comparatively little is known about excitatory synapses on interneurons. Here we show that conditional deletion of the postsynaptic cell adhesion molecule neuroligin-3 in parvalbumin interneurons causes a decrease in NMDA-receptor-mediated postsynaptic currents and an increase in presynaptic glutamate release probability by selectively impairing the inhibition of glutamate release by presynaptic Group III metabotropic glutamate receptors...
January 9, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065842/fear-extinction-and-memory-reconsolidation-as-critical-components-in-behavioral-treatment-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-potential-augmentation-of-these-processes
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Noelle B Smith, Jennifer M Doran, Lauren M Sippel, Ilan Harpaz-Rotem
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with alterations in critical brain regions such as the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. This brief review has two objectives: (1) to discuss research examining extinction and reconsolidation processes as mechanisms in PTSD psychotherapy, and (2) present possibilities for augmenting extinction and reconsolidation within treatment through alterations to therapeutic interventions and novel approaches. A key component of many effective PTSD therapies is exposure, which involves intentional confrontation and processing of the traumatic memory...
January 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062924/memory-formation-orchestrates-the-wiring-of-adult-born-hippocampal-neurons-into-brain-circuits
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Petnoi Petsophonsakul, Kevin Richetin, Trinovita Andraini, Laurent Roybon, Claire Rampon
During memory formation, structural rearrangements of dendritic spines provide a mean to durably modulate synaptic connectivity within neuronal networks. New neurons generated throughout the adult life in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus contribute to learning and memory. As these neurons become incorporated into the network, they generate huge numbers of new connections that modify hippocampal circuitry and functioning. However, it is yet unclear as to how the dynamic process of memory formation influences their synaptic integration into neuronal circuits...
January 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061973/the-melatonergic-system-in-anxiety-disorders-and-the-role-of-melatonin-in-conditional-fear
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F Huang, Z Yang, C-Q Li
BACKGROUND: Resistance to extinction of certain conditioned responses forms the basis of anxieties, phobias, and compulsions. There has been an available effective means of extinction-based exposure psychotherapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that has been hypothesized to result from impaired extinction of fear memory. PTSD is considered as a memory disorder within a Pavlovian fear conditioning and extinction framework. Therefore, the aim of this review was to report the preclinical profile of melatonin, a pineal gland hormone, as a potential pharmacological option in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as PTSD, tested with the Pavlovian fear conditioning paradigm...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045462/hippocampal-encoding-of-interoceptive-context-during-fear-conditioning
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S-W Yoo, M Bae, L B Tovar-Y-Romo, N J Haughey
Rodent models of auditory fear conditioning are often used to understand the molecular mechanisms regulating fear- and anxiety-related behaviors. Conditioning and extinction memories are influenced by contextual cues, and the reinstatement of conditioned fear occurs when the conditioning stimulus is presented in a context different from the extinction context. Although it has been proposed that internal state is a feature of context that could influence extinction, contributions of interoception to conditioning have not been experimentally addressed...
January 3, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043916/ketamine-accelerates-fear-extinction-via-mtorc1-signaling
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Matthew J Girgenti, Sriparna Ghosal, Dora LoPresto, Jane R Taylor, Ronald S Duman
Impaired fear extinction contributes to the persistence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and can be utilized for the study of novel therapeutic agents. Glutamate plays an important role in the formation of traumatic memories, and in the pathophysiology and treatment of PTSD, highlighting several possible drug targets. Recent clinical studies demonstrate that infusion of ketamine, a glutamate NMDA receptor antagonist, rapidly and significantly reduces symptom severity in PTSD patients. In the present study, we examine the mechanisms underlying the actions of ketamine in a rodent model of fear conditioning, extinction, and renewal...
December 30, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042872/infralimbic-glun2a-containing-nmda-receptors-modulate-reconsolidation-of-cocaine-self-administration-memory
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Madalyn Hafenbreidel, Carolynn Rafa Todd, Devin Mueller
Addiction is characterized by high relapse susceptibility, and relapse can be triggered by drug-associated cues. Cue presentation induces retrieval of the drug-cue memory, which becomes labile and must be reconsolidated into long-term storage. Repeated unpaired cue presentation, however, induces extinction. Cue-reactivity can be reduced by blocking reconsolidation or facilitating extinction, which are mediated by NMDA receptors (NMDArs). However, the role of NMDArs in either process following self-administration is unclear...
January 2, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025095/a-cross-species-study-of-heterogeneity-in-fear-extinction-learning-in-relation-to-fkbp5-variation-and-expression-implications-for-the-acute-treatment-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Isaac R Galatzer-Levy, Raül Andero, Takehito Sawamura, Tanja Jovanovic, Santiago Papini, Kerry J Ressler, Seth Davin Norrholm
Deficits in fear extinction learning are hypothesized to underlie the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Such deficits may, in part, be due to genetic and epigenetic variation in the stress related gene FKBP5. Conversely, altering FKBP5 epigenetic responses during memory consolidation may rescue extinction deficits making it a target for acute intervention to prevent the development of PTSD. Study 1 (Humans) examines if FKBP5 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and PTSD symptom domains (re-experiencing, avoidance/numbing, hyperarousal) are associated with abnormal fear extinction phenotypes identified using latent growth mixture modeling (LGMM)...
December 23, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024275/stress-disrupts-the-reconsolidation-of-fear-memories-in-men
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Shira Meir Drexler, Oliver T Wolf
Reconsolidation is a post-retrieval process of restabilization of the memory trace. Previous findings from our group suggest that cortisol, a glucocorticoid hormone secreted in response to stress, enhances the reconsolidation of fear memories in healthy men. Cortisol effect was found to be very specific, enhancing only the fear memory that was reactivated (i.e. retrieved), but not the non-reactivated memory. In the current study we aimed to investigate the effects of psychosocial stress, a more ecologically valid intervention, on fear memory reconsolidation in men...
November 25, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018227/bidirectional-effects-of-cannabidiol-on-contextual-fear-memory-extinction
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Chenchen Song, Carl W Stevenson, Francisco S Guimaraes, Jonathan L C Lee
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been established to have both acute and long-lasting effects to reduce fear memory expression. The long-lasting impact might be mediated by an enhancement of memory extinction or an impairment of memory reconsolidation. Here, we directly compared the effects of i.p. injections of cannabidiol (10 mg/kg) with those of the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 (0.1 mg/kg) and partial agonist D-cycloserine (DCS; 15 mg/kg) in order to determine the mnemonic basis of long-term fear reduction. We showed that under conditions of strong fear conditioning, CBD reduced contextual fear memory expression both acutely during the extinction session as well as later at a fear retention test...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980075/effects-of-context-preexposure-and-delay-until-anxiety-retrieval-on-generalization-of-contextual-anxiety
#19
Marta Andreatta, Dorothea Neueder, Evelyn Glotzbach-Schoon, Andreas Mühlberger, Paul Pauli
Animal studies suggest that time delay between acquisition and retrieval of contextual anxiety increases generalization. Moreover, such generalization is prevented by preexposure to the context (CTX), presumably due to an improved representation of such context. We investigated whether preexposure and time-passing modulate generalization of contextual anxiety, in humans. On Day 1, 42 participants (preexposure group) explored two virtual offices, while 41 participants (no-preexposure group) explored a virtual stadium...
January 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974618/neural-correlates-of-fear-in-the-periaqueductal-gray
#20
Thomas C Watson, Nadia L Cerminara, Bridget M Lumb, Richard Apps
: The dorsal and ventral periaqueductal gray (dPAG and vPAG, respectively) are embedded in distinct survival networks that coordinate, respectively, innate and conditioned fear-evoked freezing. However, the information encoded by the PAG during these survival behaviors is poorly understood. Recordings in the dPAG and vPAG in rats revealed differences in neuronal activity associated with the two behaviors. During innate fear, neuronal responses were significantly greater in the dPAG compared with the vPAG...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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