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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430805/effect-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-ru486-on-mk-801-induced-behavioural-sensitisation
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Emilia M Lefevre, Gregory A Medley, Timothy Reeks, Suzy Alexander, Thomas H J Burne, Darryl W Eyles
Stress is known to modulate sensitisation to repeated psychostimulant exposure. However, there is no direct evidence linking glucocorticoids and sensitisation achieved by repeated administration of the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801. We tested the hypothesis that co-administration of RU486, a glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonist, prior to repeated daily MK-801 injections would block the expression of locomotor sensitisation due to its dual effects on corticosterone and dopamine. We employed a repeated MK-801 administration locomotor sensitisation paradigm in male Sprague Dawley rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429835/levodopa-prevents-the-reinstatement-of-cocaine-self-administration-in-rats-via-potentiation-of-dopamine-release-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Silvia Antinori, Liana Fattore, Pierluigi Saba, Walter Fratta, Gian Luigi Gessa, Paola Devoto
Dopamine agonists have been proposed as therapeutic tools for cocaine addiction. We have recently demonstrated that indirect dopamine agonists, including levodopa (L-DOPA), markedly increase cocaine-induced dopamine release in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of rats leading to the suppression of cocaine-seeking behavior. This study was aimed to understand the behavioral and neurochemical effects of L-DOPA on cocaine-taking and cocaine-seeking in rats. After reaching a stable pattern of intravenous cocaine self-administration under a continuous fixed ratio (FR-1) schedule of reinforcement, male rats were treated with L-DOPA at different steps of the self-administration protocol...
April 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419642/nicotine-induced-molecular-alterations-are-modulated-by-gabab-receptor-activity
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Andres P Varani, Valeria T Pedrón, Amira J Aon, Christian Höcht, Gabriela B Acosta, Bernhard Bettler, Graciela N Balerio
It has been demonstrated that GABAB receptors modulate nicotine (NIC) reward effect; nevertheless, the mechanism implicated is not well known. In this regard, we evaluated the involvement of GABAB receptors on the behavioral, neurochemical, biochemical and molecular alterations associated with the rewarding effects induced by NIC in mice, from a pharmacological and genetic approach. NIC-induced rewarding properties (0.5 mg/kg, subcutaneously, sc) were evaluated by conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm...
April 17, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414178/short-and-long-term-effects-of-risperidone-on-catalepsy-sensitisation-and-acquisition-of-conditioned-avoidance-response-adolescent-vs-adult-rats
#4
Aung Aung Kywe Moe, Gregory A Medely, Timothy Reeks, Thomas H J Burne, Darryl W Eyles
The effects of antipsychotic drugs (APDs) on the adolescent brain are poorly understood despite a dramatic increase in prescription of these drugs in adolescents over the past twenty years. Neuronal systems continue to be remodeled during adolescence. Therefore, when given in adolescence, antipsychotic drugs (APDs) have the potential to affect this remodeling. In this study we investigated the effects of chronic 22-day risperidone treatment (1.3mg/kg/day) in both adolescent and adult rats. We examined short- and long-term changes in behaviour (catalepsy, locomotion and conditioned avoidance response (CAR)), and dopaminergic and serotonergic neurochemistry in the striatum and the nucleus accumbens...
April 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400844/effects-of-electroacupuncture-on-methamphetamine-induced-behavioral-changes-in-mice
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Tsung-Jung Ho, Chiang-Wen Lee, Zi-Yun Lu, Hsien-Yuan Lane, Ming-Horng Tsai, Ing-Kang Ho, Chieh-Liang Huang, Yao-Chang Chiang
Methamphetamine (METH) is a major drug of abuse worldwide, and no efficient therapeutic strategies for treating METH addiction are currently available. Continuous METH use can cause behavioral upregulation or psychosis. The dopaminergic pathways, particularly the neural circuitry from the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens (NAc), have a critical role in this behavioral stage. Acupuncture has been used for treating diseases in China for more than 2000 years. According to a World Health Organization report, acupuncture can be used to treat several functional disorders, including substance abuse...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395208/increased-dopamine-receptor-expression-and-anti-depressant-response-following-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-medial-forebrain-bundle
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Manoj P Dandekar, Dustin Luse, Carson Hoffmann, Patrick Cotton, Travis Peery, Christian Ruiz, Caroline Hussey, Vijayasree V Giridharan, Jair C Soares, Joao Quevedo, Albert J Fenoy
BACKGROUND: Among several potential neuroanatomical targets pursued for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treating those with treatment-resistant depression (TRD), the superolateral-branch of the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) is emerging as a privileged location. We investigated the antidepressant-like phenotypic and chemical changes associated with reward-processing dopaminergic systems in rat brains after MFB-DBS. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups: sham-operated, DBS-Off, and DBS-On...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392304/morphological-dendritic-spine-changes-of-medium-spiny-neurons-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned-rats-treated-with-levodopa
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Yukihisa Funamizu, Haruo Nishijima, Tatsuya Ueno, Shinya Ueno, Hiroki Mizukami, Soroku Yagihashi, Masahiko Tomiyama
The mechanisms of dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS) in Parkinson's disease (PD) remain unclear, although it is known that the nucleus accumbens (NAc) plays a role in its development. Based on the hypothesis that DDS and levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) share a pathophysiological basis, we investigated dendritic spine morphology of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) in the NAc of a rat model of LID, because spine enlargement in MSNs of the caudate/putamen has been proposed to be a morphological hallmark of LID...
April 6, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392265/norepinephrine-regulates-cocaine-primed-reinstatement-via-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptors-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Karl T Schmidt, Jason P Schroeder, Stephanie L Foster, Katherine Squires, Brilee M Smith, Elizabeth G Pitts, Michael P Epstein, David Weinshenker
Drug-primed reinstatement of cocaine seeking in rats is thought to reflect relapse-like behavior and is mediated by the integration of signals from mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic projections and corticostriatal glutamatergic innervation. Cocaine-primed reinstatement can also be attenuated by systemic administration of dopamine β-hydroxylase (DBH) inhibitors, which prevent norepinephrine (NE) synthesis, or by α1-adrenergic receptor (α1AR) antagonists, indicating functional modulation by the noradrenergic system...
April 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391016/fasting-biases-%C3%AE-opioid-receptors-toward-%C3%AE-arrestin2-dependent-signaling-in-the-accumbens-shell
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Simona Scheggi, Alberto Ferrari, Teresa Pelliccia, Paola Devoto, Maria Graziella De Montis, Carla Gambarana
The μ-opioid receptor (MOR) and dopamine D1 receptor are co-expressed in the medium spiny neurons of striatal areas and the signaling pathways activated by these two receptors are in functional competition. However, in certain conditions an integrated response mediated by the dopamine D1 receptor transduction system is observed. In mice, morphine administration induces hypermotility and this response has been described in terms of a β-arrestin2-dependent mechanism that favors prevalent dopamine D1 receptor activation...
April 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390892/opposite-control-of-mesocortical-and-mesoaccumbal-dopamine-pathways-by-serotonin2b-receptor-blockade-involvement-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-serotonin1a-receptors
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Céline Devroye, Nasser Haddjeri, Adeline Cathala, Renaud Rovera, Filippo Drago, Pier Vincenzo Piazza, Francesc Artigas, Umberto Spampinato
Recent studies have shown that serotonin2B receptor (5-HT2BR) antagonists exert opposite facilitatory and inhibitory effects on dopamine (DA) release in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc), respectively, thereby leading to the proposal that these compounds could provide an interesting pharmacological tool for treating schizophrenia. Although the mechanisms underlying these effects remain unknown, several data in the literature suggest that 5-HT1ARs located into the mPFC could participate in this interaction...
April 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376679/dopamine-and-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-dysregulation-in-the-brains-of-binge-eating-female-rats-possible-relevance-in-the-psychopathology-and-treatment-of-binge-eating-disorder
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David J Heal, Michelle Hallam, Michael Prow, Jane Gosden, Sharon Cheetham, Yong K Choi, Frank Tarazi, Peter Hutson
Adult, female rats given irregular, limited access to chocolate develop binge-eating behaviour with normal bodyweight and compulsive/perseverative and impulsive behaviours similar to those in binge-eating disorder. We investigated whether (a) dysregulated central nervous system dopaminergic and opioidergic systems are part of the psychopathology of binge-eating and (b) these neurotransmitter systems may mediate the actions of drugs ameliorating binge-eating disorder psychopathology. Binge-eating produced a 39% reduction of striatal D1 receptors with 22% and 23% reductions in medial and lateral caudate putamen and a 22% increase of striatal μ-opioid receptors...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371737/place-preferences-associated-with-pups-or-cocaine-change-the-expression-of-d2r-v1ar-and-otr-in-the-nacc-and-mea-and-the-levels-of-plasma-avp-ot-t-and-e2-in-mandarin-vole-fathers
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Qianqian Fang, Jianli Wang
Drug abuse often has negative impacts on parenting behavior. The dopamine (DA), arginine vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) systems are involved in paternal behavior and drug-induced behaviors. Mandarin voles (Microtus mandarinus) are socially monogamous rodents with high levels of paternal behavior. The aims of this study were to examine the protein expression levels of the DA 2-type receptor (D2R), AVP receptor 1A(V1aR) and OT receptor (OTR) in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) and medial amygdala (MeA) as well as the plasma hormone responses after mandarin vole fathers were conditioned with their pups or cocaine...
March 4, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369042/temporally-precise-labeling-and-control-of-neuromodulatory-circuits-in-the-mammalian-brain
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Dongmin Lee, Meaghan Creed, Kanghoon Jung, Thomas Stefanelli, Daniel J Wendler, Won Chan Oh, Neymi Layne Mignocchi, Christian Lüscher, Hyung-Bae Kwon
Few tools exist to visualize and manipulate neurons that are targets of neuromodulators. We present iTango, a light- and ligand-gated gene expression system based on a light-inducible split tobacco etch virus protease. Cells expressing the iTango system exhibit increased expression of a marker gene in the presence of dopamine and blue-light exposure, both in vitro and in vivo. We demonstrated the iTango system in a behaviorally relevant context, by inducing expression of optogenetic tools in neurons under dopaminergic control during a behavior of interest...
April 3, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367951/dopamine-neuronal-loss-contributes-to-memory-and-reward-dysfunction-in-a-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Annalisa Nobili, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Maria Teresa Viscomi, Virve Cavallucci, Debora Cutuli, Giacomo Giacovazzo, Paraskevi Krashia, Francesca Romana Rizzo, Ramona Marino, Mauro Federici, Paola De Bartolo, Daniela Aversa, Maria Concetta Dell'Acqua, Alberto Cordella, Marco Sancandi, Flavio Keller, Laura Petrosini, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Roberto Coccurello, Nicola Berretta, Marcello D'Amelio
Alterations of the dopaminergic (DAergic) system are frequently reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and are commonly linked to cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms. However, the cause of DAergic system dysfunction in AD remains to be elucidated. We investigated alterations of the midbrain DAergic system in the Tg2576 mouse model of AD, overexpressing a mutated human amyloid precursor protein (APPswe). Here, we found an age-dependent DAergic neuron loss in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) at pre-plaque stages, although substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) DAergic neurons were intact...
April 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365375/preclinical-molecular-imaging-of-glutamatergic-and-dopaminergic-neuroreceptor-kinetics-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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S Servaes, D Glorie, J Verhaeghe, S Stroobants, S Staelens
BACKGROUND: Molecular neuroimaging was applied in the quinpirole rat model for compulsive checking in OCD to visualize the D2- and mGluR5-receptor occupancy with Raclopride and ABP-688 microPET/CT. METHODS: Animals (n=48) were exposed to either saline (CTRL; 1mL/kg) or quinpirole (QP; dopamine D2-agonist, 0.5mg/kg) in a single injection (RAC and ABP acute groups) or twice-weekly during 7weeks (chronic group). Animals underwent PET/CT after the 1st injection (acute) or before initial exposure and following the 10th injection in week 5 (chronic)...
March 30, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347724/metabolic-effects-of-intermittent-access-to-caloric-or-non-caloric-sweetened-solutions-in-mice-fed-a-high-caloric-diet
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Marion Soto, Catherine Chaumontet, Patrick C Even, Dalila Azzout-Marniche, Daniel Tomé, Gilles Fromentin
Human consumption of obesogenic diets and soft drinks, sweetened with different molecules, is increasing worldwide, and increases the risk of metabolic diseases. We hypothesized that the chronic consumption of caloric (sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), maltodextrin) and non-caloric (sucralose) solutions under 2-hour intermittent access, alongside the consumption of a high-fat high-sucrose diet, would result in differential obesity-associated metabolic abnormalities in mice. Male C57BL/6 mice had ad libitum access to an HFHS diet and to water (water control group)...
March 24, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342771/the-area-postrema-ap-and-the-parabrachial-nucleus-pbn-are-important-sites-for-salmon-calcitonin-sct-to-decrease-evoked-phasic-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-nac
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Lynda Whiting, James E McCutcheon, Christina Neuner-Boyle, Mitchell F Roitman, Thomas A Lutz
The pancreatic hormone amylin and its agonist salmon calcitonin (sCT) act via the area postrema (AP) and the lateral parabrachial nucleus (PBN) to reduce food intake. Investigations of amylin and sCT signaling in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) suggest that the eating inhibitory effect of amylin is, in part, mediated through the mesolimbic 'reward' pathway. Indeed, administration of the sCT directly to the VTA decreased phasic dopamine release (DA) in the NAc. However, it is not known if peripheral amylin modulates the mesolimbic system directly or whether this occurs via the AP and PBN...
March 22, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340290/nucleus-accumbens-dopamine-receptors-mediate-hypothalamus-induced-antinociception-in-the-rat-formalin-test
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A Siahposht-Khachaki, P Pourreza, S Ezzatpanah, A Haghparast
BACKGROUND: Lateral hypothalamus (LH) involves in modulation of tonic pain. Regarding the direct and indirect neural connections between the LH and nucleus accumbens (NAc), we aimed to examine the pain modulatory role of NAc dopamine receptors in modulation of LH-induced analgesia in the formalin test. METHODS: Vehicle-control groups received saline or DMSO into the NAc and saline into the LH. Carbachol-control groups received carbachol (250 nmol/L) into the LH, 5 min after saline or DMSO injection into the NAc...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339662/hiv-1-proteins-influence-novelty-seeking-behavior-and-alter-region-specific-transcriptional-responses-to-chronic-nicotine-treatment-in-hiv-1tg-rats
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Zhongli Yang, Tanseli Nesil, Taylor Wingo, Sulie L Chang, Ming D Li
Introduction: Clinical studies suggest that HIV-1-infected patients are more likely to use or abuse addictive drugs than is the general population. We hypothesized that HIV-1 proteins impact novelty-seeking behavior and enhance the transcriptional response to nicotine in genes implicated in both novelty-seeking behavior and drug addiction. Methods: We assessed the effects of HIV-1 proteins on novelty-seeking behavior by comparing baseline activity differences of HIV-1Tg and F344 control rats in the open-field test...
February 17, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332006/prenatal-nicotine-exposure-decreases-the-release-of-dopamine-in-the-medial-frontal-cortex-and-induces-atomoxetine-responsive-neurobehavioral-deficits-in-mice
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Tursun Alkam, Takayoshi Mamiya, Nami Kimura, Aya Yoshida, Daisuke Kihara, Yuki Tsunoda, Yuki Aoyama, Masayuki Hiramatsu, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Toshitaka Nabeshima
Increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is partly associated with the early developmental exposure to nicotine in tobacco smoke. Emerging reports link tobacco smoke exposure or prenatal nicotine exposure (PNE) with AD/HD-like behaviors in rodent models. We have previously reported that PNE induces cognitive behavioral deficits in offspring and decreases the contents of dopamine (DA) and its turnover in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of offspring It is well known that the dysfunction of DAergic system in the brain is one of the core factors in the pathophysiology of AD/HD...
March 23, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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