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Conditioned place preference

Hancheng Li, Chan Li, Yuting Zhou, Chaohua Luo, Jingying Ou, Jing Li, Zhixian Mo
Drug abuse is a public health and social problem. A number of studies have reported that drug addiction is associated with microRNAs (miRNAs). By comparing the expression of miRNAs in the serum exosomes of methamphetamine-dependent and ketamine-dependent rats, the aim of the present study was to provide insights into the miRNA-mediated associations between the two groups. Published results on conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats conditioned by methamphetamine and ketamine were replicated. The expression of miRNAs in serum exosomes were determined by gene-chip sequencing...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Gilda Fazzari, Merylin Zizza, Anna Di Vito, Raffaella Alò, Maria Mele, Rosalinda Bruno, Barni Tullio, Rosa Maria Facciolo, Canonaco Marcello
Recent indications are suggesting that high fat and sugar-enriched foods do not only evoke harmful physiological conditions, but they also endure evident structural alterations in cerebral regions controlling cognitive and feeding behaviors. Food consumption plus neuronal energy regulatory mechanisms seem to constitute a complex system assuring that food calories do not exceed body requirements. At the same time obesogenic-related properties of limbic feeding stations like the hypothalamus (HTH), hippocampus (HIP) and amygdala (AMY) tend to control eating habits through the interaction of distinct neuropeptides...
March 12, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Zachary Curry, Jenny Wilkerson, Deniz Bagdas, Sarah Kyte, Nipa Patel, Giulia Donvito, Mohammed A Mustafa, Justin Poklis, Micah Niphakis, Ku-Lung Hsu, Benjamin F Cravatt, David A Gewirtz, M Imad Damaj, Aron H Lichtman
Although paclitaxel effectively treats various cancers, its debilitating peripheral neuropathic pain side effects often persist long after treatment has ended. Therefore, a compelling need exists for the identification of novel pharmacologic strategies to mitigate this condition. As inhibitors of monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), the primary hydrolytic enzyme of the endogenous cannabinoid 2-arachidonyolglycerol, produce antinociceptive effects in numerous rodent models of pain, we investigated whether inhibitors of this enzyme (i...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Gillian Marion Scanlan, Jennifer Cleland, Peter Johnston, Kim Walker, Nicolas Krucien, Diane Skåtun
OBJECTIVES: Multiple personal and work-related factors influence medical trainees' career decision-making. The relative value of these diverse factors is under-researched, yet this intelligence is crucially important for informing medical workforce planning and retention and recruitment policies. Our aim was to investigate the relative value of UK doctors' preferences for different training post characteristics during the time period when they either apply for specialty or core training or take time out...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
M P García-Pardo, J Miñarro, M A Aguilar
Currently, there is not an effective treatment for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) dependence but pharmacotherapies targeting glutamate neurotransmission are a promising strategy. Previously, we showed that blockade of glutamate NMDA and AMPA receptors impairs the conditioned rewarding effects of MDMA and cocaine, respectively. In this study we evaluated the role of AMPA receptors in the rewarding effects of MDMA in mice using the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm. Mice were conditioned with MDMA (1,25 mg/kg) 60 min after the treatment with saline or different doses (0,25, 1 and 5 mg/kg) of the AMPA/kainate receptor antagonist, 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX)...
March 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Lídia Cantacorps, Héctor González-Pardo, Jorge L Arias, Olga Valverde, Nélida M Conejo
Prenatal and perinatal alcohol exposure caused by maternal alcohol intake during gestation and lactation periods can have long-lasting detrimental effects on the brain development and behaviour of offspring. Children diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) display a wide range of cognitive, emotional and motor deficits, together with characteristic morphological abnormalities. Maternal alcohol binge drinking is particularly harmful for foetal and early postnatal brain development, as it involves exposure to high levels of alcohol over short periods of time...
March 8, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Iris Reychav, Inam Najami, Daphne Ruth Raban, Roger McHaney, Joseph Azuri
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship between the media, through which medical information was made available (e.g. digital versus printed), and the patients' desire to play an active part in a medical decision in an SDM or an ISDM-based process. The goal of this research was to expand knowledge concerning social and personal factors that affect and explain patients' willingness to participate in the process. METHODS: A questionnaire was distributed in this empirical study of 103 third-age participants...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Nurul H M Yusoff, Sharif M Mansor, Christian P Müller, Zurina Hassan
Mitragynine is the major alkaloid found in the leaves of M. speciosa Korth (Rubiaceae), a plant that is native to Southeast Asia. This compound has been used, either traditionally or recreationally, due to its psychostimulant and opioid-like effects. Recently, mitragynine has been shown to exert conditioned place preference (CPP), indicating the rewarding and motivational properties of M. speciosa. Here, the involvement of GABAB receptors in mediating mitragynine reward is studied using a CPP paradigm in rats...
February 27, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
M P Faillace, A Pisera-Fuster, R Bernabeu
The rewarding properties of drugs in zebrafish can be studied using the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm. Most devices that have been used for CPP consist of two-half tanks with or without a central chamber. Here we evaluated the rewarding effects of nicotine and caffeine using a tank with five arms distributed radially from a central chamber that we have denoted Fish Tank Radial Maze (FTRM). Zebrafish were trained to associate nicotine or caffeine with a coloured arm. In testing sessions to assess CPP induction, between two and five different arms were available to explore...
February 23, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Fumiya Shinohara, Yuta Asaoka, Hironori Kamii, Masabumi Minami, Katsuyuki Kaneda
Effects of stress on the reward system are well established in the literature. Although previous studies have revealed that stress can reinstate extinguished addictive behaviors related to cocaine, the effects of stress on the rewarding memory of cocaine are not fully understood. Here, we provide evidence that stress potentiates the expression of rewarding memory of cocaine via the activation of brainstem-reward circuitry using a cocaine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm combined with restraint stress in rats...
February 26, 2018: Addiction Biology
David Ladrón de Guevara-Miranda, Román Darío Moreno-Fernández, Sara Gil-Rodríguez, Cristina Rosell-Valle, Guillermo Estivill-Torrús, Antonia Serrano, Francisco J Pavón, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca, Luis J Santín, Estela Castilla-Ortega
Erasing memories of cocaine-stimuli associations might have important clinical implications for addiction therapy. Stimulating hippocampal plasticity by enhancing adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN) is a promising strategy because the addition of new neurons may not only facilitate new learning but also modify previous connections and weaken retrograde memories. To investigate whether increasing AHN prompted the forgetting of previous contextual cocaine associations, mice trained in a cocaine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm were administered chronic intracerebroventricular infusions of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA, an endogenous lysophospholipid with pro-neurogenic actions), ki16425 (an LPA1/3 receptor antagonist) or a vehicle solution, and they were tested 23 days later for CPP retention and extinction...
February 26, 2018: Addiction Biology
Marta Portero-Tresserra, Irene Gracia-Rubio, Lídia Cantacorps, Oscar J Pozo, Alejandro Gómez-Gómez, Antoni Pastor, Raúl López-Arnau, Rafael de la Torre, Olga Valverde
Childhood adversity is associated with an increased risk of mood, anxiety and substance use disorders. Maternal separation is a reliable rodent model of early life adversity that leads to depression-like symptoms, which may increase the vulnerability to alcohol consumption during adolescence. However, the specific alterations in the pattern of alcohol consumption induced by maternal separation and the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unclear. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long-term effects of maternal separation with early weaning (MSEW) on emotional and social behaviour, alcohol rewarding properties, and alcohol consumption, abstinence and relapse in adolescent male C57BL/6 mice...
February 22, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Chan Li, Genghong Tu, Chaohua Luo, Youli Guo, Miao Fang, Chen Zhu, Hancheng Li, Jinying Ou, Yuting Zhou, Wei Liu, Ken Kin Lam Yung, Zhixian Mo
In the past few years, ketamine, a noncompetitive NMDA antagonist, has been widely abused worldwide as a new type of synthetic drug, severely affecting the physical and mental health of ketamine abusers. Previous studies have suggested that rhynchophylline can alleviate drug abuse and reverse the conditioned place preference caused by the abuse. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important factors regulating gene expression and are involved in the drug addiction process. The hippocampus is a critical area in the brain involved in causing drug addiction...
February 21, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Yuri A Blednov, Adriana J Da Costa, R Adron Harris, Robert O Messing
BACKGROUND: In our companion paper, we reported that the phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor apremilast reduced ethanol intake and preference in different drinking models in male and female C57BL/6J mice. In the current study, we measured the effects of apremilast on other behaviors that are correlated with ethanol consumption. METHODS: The effects of apremilast (20 mg/kg) on the following behaviors were studied in male and female C57BL/6J mice: locomotor response to a novel situation; ethanol- or LiCl-induced conditioned taste aversion (CTA) to saccharin; conditioned place preference (CPP) and conditioned place avoidance (CPA) to ethanol; severity of handling-induced convulsions after ethanol administration; ethanol-induced anxiolytic-like behavior in the elevated plus maze; duration of ethanol-induced loss of the righting reflex (LORR); recovery from ethanol-induced motor impairment on the rotarod; and acute functional tolerance (AFT) to ethanol...
February 22, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Andrea Stojakovic, Magdalena Walczak, Przemysław E Cieślak, Aleksandra Trenk, Johan Sköld, Joanna Zajdel, Elahe Mirrasekhian, Camilla Karlsson, Annika Thorsell, Markus Heilig, Jan Rodriguez Parkitna, Tomasz Błasiak, David Engblom
The risk factors for developing alcohol addiction include impulsivity, high sensitivity to the rewarding action of ethanol, and low sensitivity to its sedative and intoxicating effects. Genetic variation in GABAA receptor subunits, including the ɣ2 subunit (Gabrg2), affects the risk for developing alcoholism. Alcohol directly potentiates GABAA receptors and activates the mesolimbic dopamine system. Here, we deleted Gabrg2 selectively in dopamine cells of adult mice. The deletion resulted in elevated firing of dopamine neurons and made them less sensitive to drugs acting at GABAA receptors...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
K László, L Péczely, A Kovács, O Zagoracz, T Ollmann, E Kertes, V Kállai, B Csetényi, Z Karádi, L Lénárd
Tridecapeptide Neurotensin (NT) is widely distributed in the central nervous system where it acts as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator. The central nucleus of amygdala (CeA), part of the limbic system, plays an important role in learning, memory, anxiety and reinforcing mechanisms. Our previous data showed that NT microinjected into the CeA has positive reinforcing properties. We supposed that these effects might be due to modulations of the mesolimbic dopamine system. The aim of our study was to examine in the CeA the possible effects of NT and dopamine interaction on reinforcement by conditioned place preference test...
February 17, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Negar Baharlouei, Abdolrahman Sarihi, Marzieh Moradi, Shahram Zarrabian, Abbas Haghparast
Previous studies indicate that metabotropic glutamate receptor type 2/3 (mGluR2/3) has a key role in the rewarding properties of morphine-induced conditioning place preference (CPP). Group II mGluR2/3 agonists are offered as a drug addiction treatment. The nucleus accumbens (NAc), which is one of the important areas involved in the reward circuitry, also expresses these receptors. In this study, we evaluated the effects of mGluR2/3 agonist, LY379268, on the extinction and reinstatement of morphine-induced CPP, following its microinjection into the NAc...
February 16, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
John Hamilton, Matthew Marion, Antonio Figueiredo, Brendan H Clavin, Dale Deutsch, Martin Kaczocha, Samir Haj-Dahmane, Panayotis K Thanos
Genetic and pharmacological manipulation of endocannabinoid (eCB) signaling has previously been shown to have an important role on the rewarding properties of drugs of abuse, including cocaine. Recently, fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) have been proposed as intracellular transporters of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) as well as other bioactive lipids to their catabolic enzyme, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The role of these transporters in modulating the brains reward system has yet to be investigated...
February 19, 2018: Synapse
Chunxia Chen, Zhihuan Nong, Xingmei Liang, Mingyu Meng, Feifei Xuan, Qiuqiao Xie, Junhui He, Renbin Huang
We previously reported that Yulangsan polysaccharide (YLSP), which was isolated from the root of Millettia pulchra Kurz, attenuates withdrawal symptoms of morphine dependence by regulating the nitric oxide pathway and modulating monoaminergic neurotransmitters. In this study, we investigated the effects and mechanism of YLSP on the reinstatement of morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats. A CPP procedure was employed to assess the behavior of rats, and indicators of serum and four brain regions (nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) were determined to explore its underlying mechanism...
February 17, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Duarte Rego, Paulo Almeida, Paulo Soares, Rui Almeida
INTRODUCTION: Celiac artery (CA) occlusions/stenosis are infrequently associated with liver ischemia due to its unique vascularization where portal vein provides about 75% of liver's perfusion. Collateral flow from gastroduodenal artery also provides, in most cases, enough blood supply to prevent ischemic hepatitis. In cases where these collateral pathways are compromised severe liver ischemia can occur. METHODS: We present a case of acute mesenteric ischemia following gastric surgery that was treated with a hybrid retrograde CA stenting...
February 15, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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