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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153928/enhancing-excitability-of-dopamine-neurons-promotes-motivational-behaviour-through-increased-action-initiation
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Linde Boekhoudt, Ellen C Wijbrans, Jodie H K Man, Mieneke C M Luijendijk, Johannes W de Jong, Geoffrey van der Plasse, Louk J M J Vanderschuren, Roger A H Adan
Motivational deficits are a key symptom in multiple psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia and addiction. A likely neural substrate for these motivational deficits is the brain dopamine (DA) system. In particular, DA signalling in the nucleus accumbens, which originates from DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), has been identified as a crucial substrate for effort-related and activational aspects of motivation. Unravelling how VTA DA neuronal activity relates to motivational behaviours is required to understand how motivational deficits in psychiatry can be specifically targeted...
November 16, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146502/protracted-motivational-dopamine-related-deficits-following-adolescence-sugar-overconsumption
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Fabien Naneix, Florence Darlot, Véronique De Smedt-Peyrusse, Jean-Rémi Pape, Etienne Coutureau, Martine Cador
Adolescence represents a critical period characterized by major neurobiological changes. Chronic stimulation of the reward system during adolescence might constitute an important factor of vulnerability to pathological development. Increasing evidences suggest that adolescent overconsumption of sweet palatable foods impact reward-based processes. However, the neurobiological bases of these deficits remain poorly understood. Previous studies have demonstrated motivational deficits for palatable foods after sweet diet exposure during adolescence that might involve the dopamine (DA) system, a central actor in incentive processes...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145840/blockade-of-nicotine-sensitization-by-methanol-extracts-of-glycyrrhizae-radix-mediated-via-antagonism-of-accumbal-oxidative-stress
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Zheng Lin Zhao, Sang Chan Kim, Hong Feng Liu, Yi Yan Wu, Li Bo Li, Yu Hua Wang, Yu Jiao, Yu Fan, Chul Won Lee, Bong Hyeo Lee, Il Je Cho, Chae Ha Yang, Rong Jie Zhao
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that a methanol extract of Glycyrrhizae radix (MEGR) blocked methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization and conditioned place preference in rats. In the present study, the effects of MEGR on repeated nicotine-induced locomotor sensitization and enhanced extracellular dopamine (DA) release in the nucleus accumbens (Nacc) were evaluated. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats received repeated administrations of nicotine (0.4 mg/kg, subcutaneous) or saline twice a day for 7 d and were challenged with nicotine 4 d after the last daily dosing...
November 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129597/cocaine-and-desipramine-elicit-distinct-striatal-noradrenergic-and-behavioral-responses-in-selectively-bred-obesity-resistant-and-obesity-prone-rats
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Peter J Vollbrecht, Kathryn M Nesbitt, Omar S Mabrouk, Aaron M Chadderdon, Emily M Jutkiewicz, Robert T Kennedy, Carrie R Ferrario
Previous studies have demonstrated a role for norepinephrine (NE) in energy regulation and feeding, and basal differences have been observed in hypothalamic NE systems in obesity-prone vs. obesity-resistant rats. Differences in the function of brain reward circuits, including in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), have been shown in obesity-prone vs. obesity-resistant populations, leading many researchers to explore the role of striatal dopamine in obesity. However, alterations in NE transmission also affect NAc mediated behaviors...
November 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109060/cannabinoid-1-receptor-neutral-antagonist-reduces-binge-like-alcohol-consumption-and-alcohol-induced-accumbal-dopaminergic-signaling
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Andrea Balla, Bin Dong, Borehalli M Shilpa, Kiran Vemuri, Alexandros Makriyannis, Subhash C Pandey, Henry Sershen, Raymond F Suckow, K Yaragudri Vinod
Binge alcohol (ethanol) drinking is associated with profound adverse effects on our health and society. Rimonabant (SR141716A), a CB1 receptor inverse agonist, was previously shown to be effective for nicotine cessation and obesity. However, studies using rimonabant were discontinued as it was associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety. In the present study, we examined the pharmacokinetics and effects of AM4113, a novel CB1 receptor neutral antagonist on binge-like ethanol drinking in C57BL/6J mice using a two-bottle choice drinking-in-dark (DID) paradigm...
November 3, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107702/intra-nasal-dopamine-alleviates-cognitive-deficits-in-tgdisc1-rats-which-overexpress-the-human-disc1-gene
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An-Li Wang, Benedetta Fazari, Owen Y Chao, Susanne Nikolaus, Svenja V Trossbach, Carsten Korth, Fernando J Sialana, Gert Lubec, Joseph P Huston, Claudia Mattern, Maria Angelica de Souza Silva
The Disrupted-in-Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene has been associated with mental illnesses such as major depression and schizophrenia. The transgenic DISC1 (tgDISC1) rat, which overexpresses the human DISC1 gene, is known to exhibit deficient dopamine (DA) homeostasis. To ascertain whether the DISC1 gene also impacts cognitive functions, 14-15 months old male tgDISC1 rats and wild-type controls were subjected to the novel object preference (NOP) test and the object-based attention test (OBAT) in order to assess short-term memory (1 h), long-term memory (24 h), and attention...
October 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093669/cocaine-and-caffeine-effects-on-the-conditioned-place-preference-test-concomitant-changes-on-early-genes-within-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex-and-nucleus-accumbens
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Javier A Muñiz, José P Prieto, Betina González, Máximo H Sosa, Jean L Cadet, Cecilia Scorza, Francisco J Urbano, Verónica Bisagno
Caffeine is the world's most popular psychostimulant and is frequently used as an active adulterant in many illicit drugs including cocaine. Previous studies have shown that caffeine can potentiate the stimulant effects of cocaine and cocaine-induced drug seeking behavior. However, little is known about the effects of this drug combination on reward-related learning, a key process in the maintenance of addiction and vulnerability to relapse. The goal of the present study was thus to determine caffeine and cocaine combined effects on the Conditioned Place Preference (CPP) test and to determine potential differential mRNA expression in the Nucleus Accumbens (NAc) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of immediate-early genes (IEGs) as well as dopamine and adenosine receptor subunits...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082320/%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-experience-influences-%C3%AE-fosb-and-downstream-gene-expression-in-prefrontal-cortex
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Matthew F Lazenka, Minho Kang, Dipanjana Datta De, Dana E Selley, Laura J Sim-Selley
Introduction: Repeated administration of abused drugs, including Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), induces the stable transcription factor ΔFosB in dopaminergic terminal field regions of the mesolimbic system. These studies investigated the effect of prior repeated THC treatment on THC-induced ΔFosB expression and regulation of downstream targets in the forebrain. Methods: Mice received THC (10 mg/kg) or vehicle twice daily for 13 days, and then half of each group received a single injection of THC or vehicle 45 min before brain collection...
2017: Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075568/divergent-anomaly-in-mesocorticolimbic-dopaminergic-circuits-might-be-associated-with-different-depressive-behaviors-an-animal-study
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Mei Bai, Xiongzhao Zhu, Li Zhang, Yi Zhang, Liang Xue, Yuting Wang, Mingtian Zhong, Xiuwu Zhang
BACKGROUND: The mesocorticolimbic dopamine system, which originates from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and projects primarily to the prefrontal cortex (PFC), olfactory tubercle (OT), nucleus accumbens (NAc), dorsal striatum (ST), and the amygdala (AMy), plays a pivotal role in determining individual motivation and sensitivity to rewards, namely, anhedonia. Not all depressive individuals exhibited anhedonia, thus, it is natural to speculate that the heterogenous manifestations of depression might be related to the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system...
October 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071300/dopamine-d2-receptors-in-the-paraventricular-thalamus-attenuate-cocaine-locomotor-sensitization
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Abigail M Clark, Felix Leroy, Kelly M Martyniuk, Wendy Feng, Erika McManus, Matthew R Bailey, Jonathan A Javitch, Peter D Balsam, Christoph Kellendonk
Alterations in thalamic dopamine (DA) or DA D2 receptors (D2Rs) have been measured in drug addiction and schizophrenia, but the relevance of thalamic D2Rs for behavior is largely unknown. Using in situ hybridization and mice expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the Drd2 promoter, we found that D2R expression within the thalamus is enriched in the paraventricular nucleus (PVT) as well as in more ventral midline thalamic nuclei. Within the PVT, D2Rs are inhibitory as their activation inhibits neuronal action potentials in brain slices...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068793/use-of-fast-scan-cyclic-voltammetry-to-assess-phasic-dopamine-release-in-rat-models-of-early-postpartum-maternal-behavior-and-neglect
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Tatiana A Shnitko, Kyla D Mace, Kaitlin M Sullivan, W Kyle Martin, Elizabeth H Andersen, Sarah K Williams Avram, Josephine M Johns, Donita L Robinson
Maternal behavior (MB) is a complex response to infant cues, orchestrated by postpartum neurophysiology. Although mesolimbic dopamine contributes toward MB, little is known about real-time dopamine fluctuations during the postpartum period. Thus, we used fast-scan cyclic voltammetry to measure individual dopamine transients in the nucleus accumbens of early postpartum rats and compared them with dopamine transients in virgins and in postpartum females exposed to cocaine during pregnancy, which is known to disrupt MB...
December 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066971/the-sigma-2-receptor-selective-agonist-siramesine-lu-28-179-decreases-cocaine-reinforced-pavlovian-learning-and-alters-glutamatergic-and-dopaminergic-input-to-the-striatum
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Anna M Klawonn, Anna Nilsson, Carl F Rådberg, Sarah H Lindström, Mia Ericson, Björn Granseth, David Engblom, Michael Fritz
Drug addiction is a chronic, debilitating disease that affects millions of people around the world causing a substantial societal burden. Despite decades of research efforts, treatment possibilities remain limited and relapse represents the most treatment-resistant element. Neurosteroid sigma-1 receptors have been meticulously studied in psychostimulant reinforced Pavlovian learning, while the sigma-2 receptor subtype has remained unexplored. Recent development of selective sigma-2 receptor ligands have now made it possible to investigate if the sigma-2 receptor system is a potential target to treat drug addiction...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066851/interaction-between-the-trace-amine-associated-receptor-1-and-the-dopamine-d2-receptor-controls-cocaine-s-neurochemical-actions
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Aman Asif-Malik, Marius C Hoener, Juan J Canales
Recent evidence suggests that the trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) plays a pivotal role in the regulation of dopamine (DA) transmission and cocaine's actions. However, the underlying mechanisms through which TAAR1 activation mediates these effects have not yet been elucidated. Here, we used fast-scan cyclic voltammetry to measure DA dynamics and explore such mechanisms. We show, first, that the full TAAR1 agonist, RO5256390, dose-dependently blocked cocaine-induced inhibition of DA clearance in slices of the nucleus accumbens...
October 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063091/a-baseline-drift-detrending-technique-for-fast-scan-cyclic-voltammetry
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Mark DeWaele, Yoonbae Oh, Cheonho Park, Yu Min Kang, Hojin Shin, Charles D Blaha, Kevin E Bennet, In Young Kim, Kendall H Lee, Dong Pyo Jang
Fast scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) has been commonly used to measure extracellular neurotransmitter concentrations in the brain. Due to the unstable nature of the background currents inherent in FSCV measurements, analysis of FSCV data is limited to very short amounts of time using traditional background subtraction. In this paper, we propose the use of a zero-phase high pass filter (HPF) as the means to remove the background drift. Instead of the traditional method of low pass filtering across voltammograms to increase the signal to noise ratio, a HPF with a low cutoff frequency was applied to the temporal dataset at each voltage point to remove the background drift...
October 24, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055749/effect-of-social-housing-and-oxytocin-on-the-motivation-to-self-administer-methamphetamine-in-female-rats
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Christel Westenbroek, Adam N Perry, Lakshmikripa Jagannathan, Jill B Becker
Social housing has been shown to attenuate the motivation for cocaine in female, but not male rats. Here we investigate the potential mechanisms mediating the effect of social housing on the response to methamphetamine (METH). Female rats were individually or socially (pair) housed. The dopamine (DA) response to an acute METH infusion (0.3mg/kg, i.v.) was investigated using in vivo microdialysis in the nucleus accumbens with or without oxytocin (OT; 0.3mg/kg, i.p.) 30min prior to METH. The effects of social housing and OT on self-administered METH (0...
October 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055101/substance-p-and-dopamine-interact-to-modulate-the-distribution-of-delta-opioid-receptors-on-cholinergic-interneurons-in-the-striatum
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Emily Heath, Billy Chieng, Macdonald J Christie, Bernard W Balleine
It recently been demonstrated that predictive learning induces a persistent accumulation of delta-opioid receptors (DOPr's) at the somatic membrane of cholinergic interneurons (CINs) in the nucleus accumbens shell (Nac-S). This accumulation is required for predictive learning to influence subsequent choice between goal-directed actions. The current experiments investigated the local neurochemical events responsible for this translocation. We found that (1) local administration of substance P into multiple striatal sub-territories induced DOPr translocation and (2) that this effect was mediated by the NK1 receptor, likely through its expression on CINs...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054857/diazepam-concurrently-increases-the-frequency-and-decreases-the-amplitude-of-dopamine-transient-release-events-in-the-nucleus-accumbens
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Scott A Schelp, Zachary D Brodnik, Dylan R Rakowski, Katherine J Pultorak, Asha T Sambells, Rodrigo A Espana, Erik B Oleson
Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed anxiolytics that pose abuse liability in susceptible individuals. While it is well established that all drugs of abuse increase brain dopamine levels and benzodiazepines are allosteric modulators of the GABAAR, it remains unclear how they alter dopamine release. Using in vivo fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, we measured diazepam (trade name valium) induced changes in the frequency and amplitude of transient dopamine release events. We found that diazepam concurrently increase the frequency and decreases the amplitude of transient dopamine release events in the awake and freely-moving rat...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039413/vta-mtor-signaling-regulates-dopamine-dynamics-cocaine-induced-synaptic-alterations-and-reward
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Xiaojie Liu, Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Casey R Vickstrom, Qing-Song Liu
Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) regulates long-term synaptic plasticity, learning and memory by controlling dendritic protein synthesis. The mTOR inhibitor rapamycin has been shown to attenuate the behavioral effects of drugs of abuse, including cocaine. Using viral vectors to selectively delete mTOR in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in adult male mTOR(loxP/loxP) mice, we investigated the role of mTOR in regulating neuronal morphology, basal synaptic transmission, dopamine dynamics and cocaine-induced synaptic plasticity and rewarding effects...
October 17, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039297/the-impact-of-periconceptional-alcohol-exposure-on-fat-preference-and-gene-expression-in-the-mesolimbic-reward-pathway-in-adult-rat-offspring
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E S Dorey, C L Cullen, D Lucia, K M Mah, M-L Roy Manchadi, B S Muhlhausler, K M Moritz
Alcohol consumption around the time of conception is highly prevalent in Western countries. Exposure to ethanol levels during gestation has been associated with altered development of the mesolimbic reward pathway in rats and increased propensity to addiction, however the effect of exposure only around the time of conception is unknown. The current study investigated the effects of periconceptional alcohol exposure (PC:EtOH) on alcohol and palatable food preferences and gene expression in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the nucleus accumbens of the adult offspring...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039077/chronic-light-exposure-alters-serotonergic-and-orexinergic-systems-in-the-rat-brain-and-reverses-maternal-separation-induced-increase-in-orexin-receptors-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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J J Dimatelis, A Mtintsilana, V Naidoo, D J Stein, V A Russell
Maternal separation (MS) is a well-established rodent model of depression. Chronic constant light (CCL) treatment during adolescence has been shown to reverse the depression-like behaviour induced by MS. We aimed to further delineate the antidepressant effect of light by investigating the involvement of the dopaminergic, serotonergic and orexinergic systems. MS was used to induce changes in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, some of whom were also treated with CCL for 3 weeks during adolescence. At P80, rats were decapitated and brain tissue collected for analysis of glutamate- and potassium-stimulated dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) using an in vitro superfusion technique...
October 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
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