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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445429/exploring-the-behavioral-and-metabolic-phenotype-generated-by-re-introduction-of-the-ghrelin-receptor-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
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Louise J Skov, Morten Jensen, Søren H Christiansen, Cecilia Ratner, David P D Woldbye, Birgitte Holst
Ghrelin receptor (Ghr-R) signaling in neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) can modulate dopaminergic function and the reward-related effects of both palatable foods and drugs of abuse. In this study, we re-introduced the Ghr-R in VTA neurons in Ghr-R knockout mice (Ghr-R(VTA) mice) to specifically study the importance of the constitutively active Ghr-R for VTA neuronal signaling. Our results showed that re-introduction of the Ghr-R in the VTA had no impact on body weight or food intake under basal conditions...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434991/the-control-of-sleep-and-wakefulness-by-mesolimbic-dopamine-systems
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REVIEW
Yo Oishi, Michael Lazarus
The mesolimbic dopamine pathway between the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) plays a central role in motivational behaviors. Recent findings indicate that the VTA and NAc are also involved in sleep/wake regulation - the topic of this review. First, we present an overview of the growing evidence from rodent studies revealing a wake-regulatory role of VTA dopamine neurons. We also discuss brain areas and their neurotransmitters or neuromodulators that may regulate the activity of wake-promoting VTA dopamine neurons...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432029/suppression-of-reward-induced-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-animal-models-of-depression-differential-responses-to-drug-treatment
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Saki Minami, Hiroshi Satoyoshi, Soichiro Ide, Takeshi Inoue, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Masabumi Minami
Anhedonia, the loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, is a core symptom of major depressive disorder, suggesting that the brain reward system may be dysfunctional in this condition. Neurochemical changes in the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system are not fully understood in animal models of depression. We investigated reward (30% sucrose intake)-induced DA release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the effect of chronic treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram (5mg/kg, intraperitoneally twice daily for 3 weeks) in two animal models of depression...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422060/clarifying-the-ghrelin-system-s-ability-to-regulate-feeding-behaviours-despite-enigmatic-spatial-separation-of-the-ghsr-and-its-endogenous-ligand
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REVIEW
Alexander Edwards, Alfonso Abizaid
Ghrelin is a hormone predominantly produced in and secreted from the stomach. Ghrelin is involved in many physiological processes including feeding, the stress response, and in modulating learning, memory and motivational processes. Ghrelin does this by binding to its receptor, the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR), a receptor found in relatively high concentrations in hypothalamic and mesolimbic brain regions. While the feeding and metabolic effects of ghrelin can be explained by the effects of this hormone on regions of the brain that have a more permeable blood brain barrier (BBB), ghrelin produced within the periphery demonstrates a limited ability to reach extrahypothalamic regions where GHSRs are expressed...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417291/reward-prediction-errors-in-drug-addiction-and-parkinson-s-disease-from-neurophysiology-to-neuroimaging
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REVIEW
Isabel García-García, Yashar Zeighami, Alain Dagher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Surprises are important sources of learning. Cognitive scientists often refer to surprises as "reward prediction errors," a parameter that captures discrepancies between expectations and actual outcomes. Here, we integrate neurophysiological and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) results addressing the processing of reward prediction errors and how they might be altered in drug addiction and Parkinson's disease. RECENT FINDINGS: By increasing phasic dopamine responses, drugs might accentuate prediction error signals, causing increases in fMRI activity in mesolimbic areas in response to drugs...
June 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413623/glutamate-plasticity-woven-through-the-progression-to-alcohol-use-disorder-a-multi-circuit-perspective
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Lara Hwa, Joyce Besheer, Thomas Kash
Glutamate signaling in the brain is one of the most studied targets in the alcohol research field. Here, we report the current understanding of how the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, its receptors, and its transporters are involved in low, episodic, and heavy alcohol use. Specific animal behavior protocols can be used to assess these different drinking levels, including two-bottle choice, operant self-administration, drinking in the dark, the alcohol deprivation effect, intermittent access to alcohol, and chronic intermittent ethanol vapor inhalation...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411257/relief-of-pain-depressed-behavior-in-rats-by-activation-of-d1-like-dopamine-receptors
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Matthew F Lazenka, Kelen C Freitas, Sydney Henck, S Stevens Negus
Clinically significant pain often includes depression of both behavior and mesolimbic dopamine signaling. Indirect and/or direct dopamine receptor agonists may alleviate pain-related behavioral depression. To test this hypothesis, the present study compared effects of indirect and direct dopamine agonists in a preclinical assay of pain-depressed operant responding. Male Sprague-Dawley rats with chronic indwelling microelectrodes in the medial forebrain bundle were trained in an intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) procedure to press a lever for pulses of electrical brain stimulation...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409113/axonal-damage-and-loss-of-connectivity-in-nigrostriatal-and-mesolimbic-dopamine-pathways-in-early-parkinson-s-disease
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Silvia Paola Caminiti, Luca Presotto, Damiano Baroncini, Valentina Garibotto, Rosa Maria Moresco, Luigi Gianolli, Maria Antonietta Volonté, Angelo Antonini, Daniela Perani
A progressive loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) is considered the main feature of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). Recent neuropathological evidence however suggests that the axons of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system are the earliest target of α-synuclein accumulation in PD, thus the principal site for vulnerability. Whether this applies to in vivo PD, and also to the mesolimbic system has not been investigated yet. We used [(11)C]FeCIT PET to measure presynaptic dopamine transporter (DAT) activity in both nigrostriatal and mesolimbic systems, in 36 early PD patients (mean disease duration in months ± SD 21...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397390/effects-of-city-living-on-the-mesolimbic-reward-system-an-fmri-study
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Bernd Krämer, Esther K Diekhof, Oliver Gruber
Based on higher prevalence rates of several mental disorders for city dwellers, psychosocial stress effects of urban living have been proposed as an environmental risk factor contributing to the development of mental disorders. Recently, it was shown that amygdala activation differs between city dwellers and rural residents in response to a cognitive-social stressor. Besides its influence on the amygdala, chronic stress also affects mesocorticolimbic brain regions involved in reward processing, and stress-related dysregulation of the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system is thought to contribute to onset and manifestation of psychiatric disorders...
April 11, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390647/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-mesolimbic-reward-circuitry-mediates-nociception-in-chronic-neuropathic-pain
#10
Hongxing Zhang, Yi-Ling Qian, Chen Li, Di Liu, Lei Wang, Xiao-Yi Wang, Mei-Jun Liu, He Liu, Song Zhang, Xiao-Yun Guo, Jun-Xia Yang, Hai-Lei Ding, Ja Wook Koo, Ezekiell Mouzon, Karl Deisseroth, Eric J Nestler, Venetia Zachariou, Ming-Hu Han, Jun-Li Cao
BACKGROUND: The mesolimbic reward system plays a critical role in modulating nociception; however, its underlying molecular, cellular, and neural circuitry mechanisms remain unknown. METHODS: Chronic constrictive injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve was used to model neuropathic pain. Projection-specific in vitro recordings in mouse brain slices and in vivo recordings from anesthetized animals were used to measure firing of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
March 1, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378375/dopaminergic-activation-anticipates-daily-nursing-in-the-rabbit
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J Aguirre, E Meza, M Caba
Maternal care is a motivated behavior and in the rabbit it is restricted to the spontaneous return of the mother to nurse her pups for just a few minutes once a day. Previously we have reported neural activation of brain areas and neuroendocrine cells after nursing. However, this daily spontaneous return suggests that the mother is in a high motivational state to nurse her pups. Here we hypothesized that during anticipation of nursing there is an activation of dopaminergic neurons of the mesolimbic system and in their target areas...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376414/transcriptomic-profiling-of-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-nucleus-accumbens-in-rhesus-macaques-following-long-term-cocaine-self-administration
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Eric J Vallender, Dharmendra B Goswami, Nina M Shinday, Susan V Westmoreland, Wei-Dong Yao, James K Rowlett
BACKGROUND: The behavioral consequences associated with addiction are thought to arise from drug-induced neuroadaptation. The mesolimbic system plays an important initial role in this process, and while the dopaminergic system specifically has been strongly interrogated, a complete understanding of the broad transcriptomic effects associated with cocaine use remains elusive. METHODS: Using next generation sequencing approaches, we performed a comprehensive evaluation of gene expression differences in the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens of rhesus macaques that had self-administered cocaine for roughly 100days and saline-yoked controls...
March 18, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375718/trait-impulsivity-and-the-externalizing-spectrum
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Theodore P Beauchaine, Aimee R Zisner, Colin L Sauder
This article reviews evidence that trait impulsivity-expressed early in life as the hyperactive-impulsive and combined presentations of attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-is a bottom-up, subcortically mediated vulnerability to all externalizing disorders. This vulnerability arises from deficient mesolimbic dopamine responding, which imbues psychological states (irritability, discontentment) that motivate excessive approach behavior (hyperactivity, impulsivity). Through complex interactions with (a) aversive motivational states that arise from largely independent subcortical systems, (b) emotion regulatory mechanisms that arise from top-down, cortical modulation of subcortical neural function, and (c) environmental risk factors that shape and maintain emotion dysregulation, trait impulsivity confers vulnerability to increasingly severe externalizing behaviors across development...
March 30, 2017: Annual Review of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359860/factors-affecting-increased-risk-for-substance-use-disorders-following-traumatic-brain-injury-what-we-can-learn-from-animal-models
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REVIEW
Steven F Merkel, Lee Anne Cannella, Roshanak Razmpour, Evan Lutton, Ramesh Raghupathi, Scott M Rawls, Servio H Ramirez
Recent studies have helped identify multiple factors affecting increased risk for substance use disorders (SUDs) following traumatic brain injury (TBI). These factors include age at the time of injury, repetitive injury and TBI severity, neurocircuits, neurotransmitter systems, neuroinflammation, and sex differences. This review will address each of these factors by discussing 1) the clinical and preclinical data identifying patient populations at greatest risk for SUDs post-TBI, 2) TBI-related neuropathology in discrete brain regions heavily implicated in SUDs, and 3) the effects of TBI on molecular mechanisms that may drive substance abuse behavior, like dopaminergic and glutamatergic transmission or neuroimmune signaling in mesolimbic regions of the brain...
March 28, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357192/psychopharmacology-of-tobacco-and-alcohol-comorbidity-a-review-of-current-evidence
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REVIEW
Sally Adams
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Comorbidity of alcohol and tobacco use is highly prevalent and may exacerbate the health effects of either substance alone. However, the mechanisms underlying this comorbidity are not well understood. This review will examine the evidence for shared neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol and nicotine comorbidity and experimental studies of the behavioural consequences of these interactions. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies examining the shared neurobiology of alcohol and nicotine have identified two main mechanisms of comorbidity: (1) cross-reinforcement via the mesolimbic dopamine pathway and (2) cross-tolerance via shared genetic and nAChR interaction...
2017: Current Addiction Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350401/systemic-inflammation-enhances-stimulant-induced-striatal-dopamine-elevation
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J R Petrulli, B Kalish, N B Nabulsi, Y Huang, J Hannestad, E D Morris
Changes in the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system are implicated in a range of neuropsychiatric conditions including addiction, depression and schizophrenia. Dysfunction of the neuroimmune system is often comorbid with such conditions and affects similar areas of the brain. The goal of this study was to use positron emission tomography with the dopamine D2 antagonist tracer, (11)C-raclopride, to explore the effect of acute immune activation on striatal DA levels. DA transmission was modulated by an oral methylphenidate (MP) challenge in order to reliably elicit DA elevation...
March 28, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350146/-a-girl-with-self-harm-treated-with-n-acetylcysteine-nac
#17
C P Rus
Deliberate and recurrent self-harm could be regarded as addictive behaviour that can be treated with medication. In addiction, the dopaminergic mesolimbic reward system is activated. Pain caused by cutting stimulates the reward system through the opioid system. Glutamatergic neurotransmission follows the same pathway and plays a role in addiction as well. In this case-study a 17-year-old girl was successfully treated with N-acetylcysteine (nac) in order to reduce the frequency of self-cutting. In addition, in this case nac reduced the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and depression...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343167/the-unappreciated-roles-of-the-cholecystokinin-receptor-cck-1-in-brain-functioning
#18
Santiago Ballaz
The CCK(1) receptor is a G-protein-coupled receptor activated by the sulfated forms of cholecystokinin (CCK), a gastrin-like peptide released in the gastrointestinal tract and mammal brain. A substantial body of research supports the hypothesis that CCK(1)r stimulates gallbladder contraction and pancreatic secretion in the gut, as well as satiety in brain. However, this receptor may also fulfill relevant roles in behavior, thanks to its widespread distribution in the brain. The strategic location of CCK(1)r in mesolimbic structures and specific hypothalamic and brainstem nuclei lead to complex interactions with neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate, as well as hypothalamic hormones and neuropeptides...
March 25, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
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
#19
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/28326026/pre-clinical-studies-with-d-penicillamine-as-a-novel-pharmacological-strategy-to-treat-alcoholism-updated-evidences
#20
REVIEW
Alejandro Orrico, Lucía Martí-Prats, María J Cano-Cebrián, Luis Granero, Ana Polache, Teodoro Zornoza
Ethanol, as other drugs of abuse, is able to activate the ventral tegmental area dopamine (VTA-DA) neurons leading to positively motivational alcohol-seeking behavior and use, and, ultimately to ethanol addiction. In the last decades, the involvement of brain-derived acetaldehyde (ACD) in the ethanol actions in the mesolimbic pathway has been widely demonstrated. Consistent published results have provided a mechanistic support to the use of ACD inactivating agents to block the motivational and reinforcing properties of ethanol...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
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