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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089852/dopamine-d1-receptor-agonist-treatment-attenuates-extinction-of-morphine-conditioned-place-preference-while-increasing-dendritic-complexity-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core
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Kendra L Kobrin, Danielle T Arena, Stephen C Heinrichs, Olivia H Nguyen, Gary B Kaplan
The dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) has a role in opioid reward and conditioned place preference (CPP), but its role in CPP extinction is undetermined. We examined the effect of D1R agonist SKF81297 on the extinction of opioid CPP and associated dendritic morphology in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a region involved with reward integration and its extinction. During the acquisition of morphine CPP, mice received morphine and saline on alternate days; injections were given immediately before each of eight daily conditioning sessions...
January 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065748/the-effects-of-early-life-stress-on-dopamine-system-function-in-adolescent-female-rats
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Iwona Majcher-Maślanka, Anna Solarz, Krzysztof Wędzony, Agnieszka Chocyk
During adolescence, many neural systems, including the dopamine system, undergo essential remodeling and maturation. It is well known that early-life stress (ELS) increases the risk for many psychopathologies during adolescence and adulthood. It is hypothesized that ELS interferes with the maturation of the dopamine system. There is a sex bias in the prevalence of stress-related mental disorders. Information regarding the effects of ELS on brain functioning in females is very limited. In the current study, maternal separation (MS) procedures were carried out to study the effects of ELS on dopamine system functioning in adolescent female rats...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059046/long-term-effects-of-aripiprazole-exposure-on-monoaminergic-and-glutamatergic-receptor-subtypes-comparison-with-cariprazine
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Yong Kee Choi, Nika Adham, Béla Kiss, István Gyertyán, Frank I Tarazi
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the chronic effects of aripiprazole and cariprazine on serotonin (5-HT1A and 5-HT2A) and glutamate (NMDA and AMPA) receptor subtypes. In addition, the effects of aripiprazole on D2 and D3 receptors were tested and compared with previously reported cariprazine data. METHODS: Rats received vehicle, aripiprazole (2, 5, or 15 mg/kg), or cariprazine (0.06, 0.2, or 0.6 mg/kg) for 28 days. Receptor levels were quantified using autoradiographic assays on brain sections from the medial prefrontal cortex (MPC), dorsolateral frontal cortex (DFC), nucleus accumbens (NAc), caudate-putamen medial (CPu-M), caudate-putamen lateral (CPu-L), hippocampal CA1 (HIPP-CA1) and CA3 (HIPP-CA3) regions, and the entorhinal cortex (EC)...
January 6, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057530/effects-of-nucleus-accumbens-amphetamine-administration-on-performance-in-a-delay-discounting-task
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Caitlin A Orsini, Marci R Mitchell, Sara C Heshmati, Kristy G Shimp, Megan S Spurrell, Jennifer L Bizon, Barry Setlow
Chronic administration of cocaine can cause pronounced and enduring cognitive alterations such as increases in impulsive choice. Chronic cocaine can also result in enhanced dopamine (DA) release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in response to reward-related cues. It is possible that this enhanced DA release in the NAc is a mechanism by which cocaine increases impulsive choice. To date, however, the specific role of DA in the NAc in impulsive choice is unclear. To begin to address this, rats received acute microinjections of the indirect DA agonist amphetamine directly into the NAc prior to testing in a delay discounting task in which rats chose between a small, immediate and a large, delayed food reward...
January 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053019/biological-mechanisms-whereby-social-exclusion-may-contribute-to-the-etiology-of-psychosis-a-narrative-review
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Jean-Paul Selten, Jan Booij, Bauke Buwalda, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
The purpose of this review is to examine whether a contribution of social exclusion to the pathogenesis of psychosis is compatible with the dopamine hypothesis and/or the neurodevelopmental hypothesis. Humans experience social exclusion as defeating. An animal model for defeat is the resident-intruder paradigm. The defeated animal shows evidence of an increased sensitivity to amphetamine, increased dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex, and increased firing of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area...
January 3, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043732/interactions-between-cannabidiol-and-%C3%AE-9-thc-following-acute-and-repeated-dosing-rebound-hyperactivity-sensorimotor-gating-and-epigenetic-and-neuroadaptive-changes-in-the-mesolimbic-pathway
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Stephanie M Todd, Cilla Zhou, David J Clarke, Tariq W Chohan, Dilara Bahceci, Jonathon C Arnold
The evidence base for the use of medical cannabis preparations containing specific ratios of cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is limited. While there is abundant data on acute interactions between CBD and THC, few studies have assessed the impact of their repeated co-administration. We previously reported that CBD inhibited or potentiated the acute effects of THC dependent on the measure being examined at a 1:1 CBD:THC dose ratio. Further, CBD decreased THC effects on brain regions involved in memory, anxiety and body temperature regulation...
December 30, 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038309/diazepam-inhibits-electrically-evoked-and-tonic-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-reverses-the-effect-of-amphetamine
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Alexander Gomez-A, Amanda Maino Fiorenza, Suelen Lucio Boschen, Adam H Sugi, Danielle Beckman, Sergio T Ferreira, Kendall H Lee, Charles D Blaha, Claudio Da Cunha
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine receptor agonist with anxiolytic and addictive properties. Although most drugs of abuse increase dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens, here we show that not only it causes the opposite effect but also prevents amphetamine action on increasing dopamine release. We used 20 min sampling in vivo microdialysis and subsecond fast-scan cyclic voltammetry recordings at carbon-fiber microelectrodes to show that diazepam caused a dose-dependent decrease in tonic and electrically-evoked dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens of urethane anesthetized adult male Swiss mice...
December 30, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032295/antagonism-of-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-alters-synaptic-erk-phosphorylation-in-the-rat-forebrain
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Li-Min Mao, Henry H Wang, John Q Wang
Acetylcholine (ACh) is a key transmitter in the mesocorticolimbic circuit. By interacting with muscarinic ACh receptors (mAChR) enriched in the circuit, ACh actively regulates various neuronal and synaptic activities. The extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) is one of members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase family and is subject to the regulation by dopamine receptors, although the regulation of ERKs by limbic mAChRs is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of mAChRs in the regulation of ERK phosphorylation (activation) in the mesocorticolimbic system of adult rat brains in vivo...
December 28, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025577/impact-of-perinatal-exposure-to-high-fat-diet-and-stress-on-responses-to-nutritional-challenges-food-motivated-behaviour-and-mesolimbic-dopamine-function
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M Romaní-Pérez, A L Lépinay, L Alonso, M Rincel, L Xia, H Fanet, S Caillé, M Cador, S Layé, S Vancassel, M Darnaudéry
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Energy dense food exposure and stress during development have been suggested to contribute to obesity and metabolic disorders later in life. Although these factors are frequently associated, the effects of their combination have not yet been investigated. In this study, using an animal model, we examined the long term impact of maternal high-fat diet (HFD) and early-life stress (ELS) on energy homeostasis control and food motivation. METHODS: Body weight growth under HFD, adipose tissue, body weight control in response to fasting and refeeding, food-motivated behaviour and mesolimbic dopamine function were examined in adult male offspring exposed to maternal HFD (during gestation and lactation) and/or ELS (maternal separation 3 h per day from postnatal day 2 to 14)...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011337/risk-taking-locomotor-activity-and-dopamine-levels-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-male-rats-treated-prenatally-with-alcohol
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Patricia Muñoz-Villegas, Verónica Mireya Rodríguez, Magda Giordano, Jorge Juárez
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure (PA) restricted to days 8-20 of rat gestation reduces the activity of the dopaminergic neurons (DA) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Hyperactivity and impulsivity have been observed under this treatment; however, it is unknown whether DA levels are affected. Decision-making in risk situations, meanwhile, has been associated with impulsive behavior, but because studies of this phenomenon in animal models are limited, we do not yet know whether PA has any effect...
December 21, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993694/effects-of-chronic-methamphetamine-on-psychomotor-and-cognitive-functions-and-dopamine-signaling-in-the-brain
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Panayotis K Thanos, Ronald Kim, Foteini Delis, Mark J Rocco, Jacob Cho, Nora D Volkow
Methamphetamine (MA) studies in animals usually involve acute, binge, or short-term exposure to the drug. However, addicts take substantial amounts of MA for extended periods of time. Here we wished to study the effects of MA exposure on brain and behavior, using an animal model analogous to this pattern of MA intake. MA doses, 4 and 8mg/kg/day, were based on previously reported average daily freely available MA self-administration levels. We examined the effects of 16 week MA treatment on psychomotor and cognitive function in the rat using open field and novel object recognition tests and we studied the adaptations of the dopaminergic system, using in vitro and in vivo receptor imaging...
March 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988368/conditioned-flavor-preferences-in-animals-merging-pharmacology-brain-sites-and-genetic-variance
#12
Richard J Bodnar
The elucidation of the behavioral, neurochemical, neuroanatomical and genetic substrates mediating the development of conditioned flavor preferences (CFP) is one of the multi-faceted scientific contributions that Dr. Anthony Sclafani has made to the study of food intake. This review summarizes the results of thirty-five publications over nearly twenty years of collaborations between the Sclafani and Bodnar laboratories. This includes the different approaches employed to study the orosensory (flavor-flavor) and post-ingestive (flavor-nutrient) processes underlying CFP including its acquisition (learning) and expression...
December 14, 2016: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987210/anti-anhedonic-effect-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-with-affinity-for-%C3%AF-1-receptors-in-picrotoxin-treated-mice
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S Hasebe, Y Ago, Y Watabe, S Oka, N Hiramatsu, T Tanaka, C Umehara, H Hashimoto, K Takuma, T Matsuda
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We have previously shown that prefrontal dopamine release by the combined activation of 5-HT1A and σ1 receptors is enhanced by the GABAA receptor antagonist picrotoxin in mice. Here, we examined whether this neurochemical event is accompanied by behavioural changes. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Male mice were treated with picrotoxin to decrease GABAA receptor function. Their anhedonic behaviour was measured using the female encounter test. The expression of c-Fos was determined immunohistochemically...
December 17, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984209/inhibition-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-by-sb-216763-affects-acquisition-at-lower-doses-than-expression-of-amphetamine-conditioned-place-preference-in-rats
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Rebekah H Wickens, Susan E Quartarone, Richard J Beninger
Dopamine (DA) drives incentive learning, whereby neutral stimuli acquire the ability to elicit responses. DA influences the signaling molecule glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3). Inhibition of GSK3 attenuates the development of behavioral sensitization to stimulant drugs and conditioned place preference (CPP), a measure of incentive learning. We examined the role of GSK3 in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of rats in CPP produced by amphetamine (1.5 mg/kg, i.p. or 20.0 μg/0.5 μl/side intra-NAc) by administering the inhibitor SB 216763 (1...
December 14, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976722/ventral-tegmental-area-glutamate-neurons-co-release-gaba-and-promote-positive-reinforcement
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Ji Hoon Yoo, Vivien Zell, Navarre Gutierrez-Reed, Johnathan Wu, Reed Ressler, Mohammad Ali Shenasa, Alexander B Johnson, Kathryn H Fife, Lauren Faget, Thomas S Hnasko
In addition to dopamine neurons, the ventral tegmental area (VTA) contains GABA-, glutamate- and co-releasing neurons, and recent reports suggest a complex role for the glutamate neurons in behavioural reinforcement. We report that optogenetic stimulation of VTA glutamate neurons or terminals serves as a positive reinforcer on operant behavioural assays. Mice display marked preference for brief over sustained VTA glutamate neuron stimulation resulting in behavioural responses that are notably distinct from dopamine neuron stimulation and resistant to dopamine receptor antagonists...
December 15, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974611/activation-of-glutamatergic-fibers-in-the-anterior-nac-shell-modulates-reward-activity-in-the-anacsh-the-lateral-hypothalamus-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-transiently-stops-feeding
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Luis Prado, Jorge Luis-Islas, Osvaldo I Sandoval, Liliana Puron, Moreno M Gil, Alvaro Luna, Mario A Arias-García, Elvira Galarraga, Sidney A Simon, Ranier Gutierrez
: Although the release of mesoaccumbal dopamine is certainly involved in rewarding responses, recent studies point to the importance of the interaction between it and glutamate. One important component of this network is the anterior nucleus accumbens shell (aNAcSh), which sends GABAergic projections into the lateral hypothalamus (LH) and receives extensive glutamatergic inputs from, among others, the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). The effects of glutamatergic activation of aNAcSh on the ingestion of rewarding stimuli as well as its effect in the LH and mPFC are not well understood...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973691/effects-of-diet-and-insulin-on-dopamine-transporter-activity-and-expression-in-rat-caudate-putamen-nucleus-accumbens-and-midbrain
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Kymry T Jones, Catherine Woods, Juan Zhen, Tamara Antonio, Kenneth Carr, Maarten E A Reith
Food restriction (FR) and obesogenic (OB) diets are known to alter brain dopamine transmission and exert opposite modulatory effects on behavioral responsiveness to psychostimulant drugs of abuse. Mechanisms underlying these diet effects are not fully understood. In the present study we examined diet effects on expression and function of the dopamine transporter (DAT) in caudate-putamen (CPu), nucleus accumbens (NAc), and midbrain regions. DA uptake by CPu, NAc or midbrain synapto(neuro)somes was measured in vitro with rotating disk electrode voltammetry or with [(3) H]DA uptake and was found to correlate with DA transporter (DAT) surface expression, assessed by maximal [(3) H]CFT binding and surface biotinylation assays...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966885/high-fat-diet-induced-deficits-in-dopamine-terminal-function-are-reversed-by-restoring-insulin-signaling
#18
Steve C Fordahl, Sara R Jones
Systemically released insulin crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to insulin receptors on several neural cell types, including dopaminergic neurons. Insulin has been shown to decrease dopamine neuron firing in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), but potentiate release and reuptake at dopamine terminals in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Here we show that prolonged consumption of a high fat diet blocks insulin's effects in the NAc, but insulin's effects are restored by inhibiting protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B, which supports insulin receptor signaling...
January 3, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939396/a-role-for-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-coactivator-1%C3%AE-in-nucleus-accumbens-neuron-subtypes-in-cocaine-action
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Ramesh Chandra, Michel Engeln, T Chase Francis, Prasad Konkalmatt, Dipal Patel, Mary Kay Lobo
BACKGROUND: Molecules critically involved in cocaine behavioral plasticity are known to regulate and interact with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1α (PGC-1α). In addition, the PGC-1α promoter has binding sites for early growth response 3 (Egr3), which plays a dynamic role in cocaine action in nucleus accumbens (NAc) medium spiny neuron (MSN) subtypes, those enriched in dopamine receptor D1 (D1-MSN) versus D2 (D2-MSN). However, the role of PGC-1α in NAc in cocaine action is unknown...
October 28, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922639/mesolimbic-leptin-signaling-negatively-regulates-cocaine-conditioned-reward
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M Shen, C Jiang, P Liu, F Wang, L Ma
The regulatory mechanisms underlying the response to addictive drugs are complex, and increasing evidence indicates that there is a role for appetite-regulating pathways in substance abuse. Leptin, an important adipose hormone that regulates energy balance and appetite, exerts its physiological functions via leptin receptors. However, the role of leptin signaling in regulating the response to cocaine remains unclear. Here we examined the potential role of leptin signaling in cocaine reward using a conditioned place preference (CPP) procedure...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
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