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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916137/oxytocin-induces-penile-erection-and-yawning-when-injected-into-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-involvement-of-glutamic-acid-dopamine-and-nitric-oxide
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Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Antonio Argiolas, Maria Rosaria Melis
Oxytocin (5-100ng), but not Arg(8)-vasopressin (100ng), injected unilaterally into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) induces penile erection and yawning in a dose-dependent manner in male rats. The minimal effective dose was 20ng for penile erection and 5ng for yawning. Oxytocin responses were abolished not only by the oxytocin receptor antagonist d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1μg), but also by (+) MK-801 (1μg), an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype, SCH 23390 (1μg), a D1 receptor antagonist, but not haloperidol (1μg), a D2 receptor antagonist, and SMTC (40μg), an inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase, injected into the BNST 15min before oxytocin...
September 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912680/fyn-signaling-is-compartmentalized-to-dopamine-d1-receptor-expressing-neurons-in-the-dorsal-medial-striatum
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Khanhky Phamluong, Emmanuel Darcq, Su Wu, Samuel A Sakhai, Dorit Ron
The tyrosine kinase Fyn plays an important role in synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory. Here we report that Fyn is activated in response to 15 min D1 receptor (D1R) but not D2 receptor (D2R) stimulation specifically in the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) of mice but not in the other substriatal regions, the dorsolateral striatum (DLS), and the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Once activated Fyn phosphorylates its substrate GluN2B, and we show that GluN2B is phosphorylated only in the DMS but not in the other striatal regions...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912345/a-novel-bibenzyl-compound-20c-protected-mice-from-mptp-p-toxicity-by-regulating-alpha-synuclein-related-inflammatory-response
#3
Qiu-Shuang Zhang, Yang Heng, Ying Chen, Piao Luo, Lu Wen, Zhao Zhang, Yu-He Yuan, Nai-Hong Chen
The novel bibenzyl compound 20C plays a neuroprotective role in vitro, but its effects in vivo have not been elucidated. In this study, we estimated the efficacy of 20C in vivo using a 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine/probenecid (MPTP/p) mouse model from behavior, dopamine and neuron, and then the possible mechanisms for these effects were further investigated. The experimental results showed that 20C improved behavioral deficits, attenuated dopamine depletion, reduced dopaminergic neuron loss, protected blood brain barrier structure, ameliorated α-synuclein dysfunction, suppressed glial activation, and regulated both NF-κB signaling and the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912160/dopamine-d2-receptors-modulate-pyramidal-neurons-in-mouse-medial-prefrontal-cortex-through-a-stimulatory-g-protein-pathway
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Sarah E Robinson, Vikaas S Sohal
Dopaminergic modulation of prefrontal cortex is believed to play key roles in many cognitive functions and to be disrupted in pathological conditions such as schizophrenia. We have previously described a phenomenon whereby dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) activation elicits afterdepolarizations (ADPs) in subcortically-projecting (SC) pyramidal neurons within L5 of the prefrontal cortex. These D2R-induced ADPs only occur following synaptic input which activates NMDA receptors (NMDARs) even when the delay between the synaptic input and afterdepolarizations is relatively long, e...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912019/a-nigro-vagal-pathway-controls-gastric-motility-and-is-affected-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinsonism
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Laura Anselmi, Luca Toti, Cecilia Bove, Jessica Hampton, R Alberto Travagli
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In most patients with Parkinson's disease, gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunctions, such as gastroparesis and constipation, are prodromal to the cardinal motor symptoms of the disease. Sporadic Parkinson's disease has been proposed to develop following ingestion of neurotoxicants that affect the brain-gut axis via the vagus nerve, and then travel to higher centers compromising the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc), and, later, the cerebral cortex. We aimed to identify the pathway that connects the brainstem vagal nuclei and the SNpc, and to determine whether this pathway is compromised in a rat model of Parkinsonism...
September 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910740/generation-of-low-gamma-oscillations-in-a-gabaergic-network-model-of-the-striatum
#6
Zhihua Wu, Aike Guo, Xiaodi Fu
Striatal oscillations in the low-gamma frequency range have been consistently recorded in a number of experimental studies. However, whether these rhythms are locally generated in the striatum circuit, which is mainly composed of GABAergic neurons, remains an open question. GABAergic medium spiny projection neurons represent the great majority of striatal neurons, but they fire at very low rates. GABAergic fast-spiking interneurons typically show firing rates that are approximately 10 times higher than those of principal neurons, but they are a very small minority of the total neuronal population...
September 11, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910622/dopamine-neurons-respond-to-errors-in-the-prediction-of-sensory-features-of-expected-rewards
#7
Yuji K Takahashi, Hannah M Batchelor, Bing Liu, Akash Khanna, Marisela Morales, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
Midbrain dopamine neurons have been proposed to signal prediction errors as defined in model-free reinforcement learning algorithms. While these algorithms have been extremely powerful in interpreting dopamine activity, these models do not register any error unless there is a difference between the value of what is predicted and what is received. Yet learning often occurs in response to changes in the unique features that characterize what is received, sometimes with no change in its value at all. Here, we show that classic error-signaling dopamine neurons also respond to changes in value-neutral sensory features of an expected reward...
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910619/loss-of-hyperdirect-pathway-cortico-subthalamic-inputs-following-degeneration-of-midbrain-dopamine-neurons
#8
Hong-Yuan Chu, Eileen L McIver, Ryan F Kovaleski, Jeremy F Atherton, Mark D Bevan
The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) are linked to abnormally correlated and coherent activity in the cortex and subthalamic nucleus (STN). However, in parkinsonian mice we found that cortico-STN transmission strength had diminished by 50%-75% through loss of axo-dendritic and axo-spinous synapses, was incapable of long-term potentiation, and less effectively patterned STN activity. Optogenetic, chemogenetic, genetic, and pharmacological interrogation suggested that downregulation of cortico-STN transmission in PD mice was triggered by increased striato-pallidal transmission, leading to disinhibition of the STN and increased activation of STN NMDA receptors...
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910611/revealing-a-role-for-nmda-receptors-in-regulating-stn-inputs-following-the-loss-of-dopamine
#9
Aphroditi A Mamaligas, Christopher P Ford
In this issue of Neuron, Chu et al. (2017) show that dopamine depletion using a 6-OHDA model causes a decrease in hyperdirect inputs from the motor cortex directly to the STN and that rescuing this loss alleviates Parkinsonian symptoms.
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905875/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-the-interaction-of-snapin-with-the-dopamine-transporter-differential-modulation-of-psychostimulant-actions
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Amaia M Erdozain, Stéphanie De Gois, Véronique Bernard, Victor Gorgievski, Nicolas Pietrancosta, Sylvie Dumas, Carlos E Macedo, Peter Vanhoutte, Jorge E Ortega, J Javier Meana, Eleni T Tzavara, Vincent Vialou, Bruno Giros
The importance of dopamine (DA) neurotransmission is emphasized by its direct implication in several neurological and psychiatric disorders. The DA transporter (DAT), target of psychostimulant drugs, is the key protein that regulates spatial and temporal activity of DA in the synaptic cleft via the rapid reuptake of DA into the presynaptic terminal. There is strong evidence suggesting that DAT-interacting proteins may play a role in its function and regulation. Performing a yeast-2-hybrid screening, we identified snapin, a SNARE-associated protein implicated in synaptic transmission, as a new binding partner of the carboxyl terminal of DAT...
September 14, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904985/cholinergic-activity-and-levodopa-induced-dyskinesia-a-multitracer-molecular-imaging-study
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Joachim Brumberg, Sebastian Küsters, Ehab Al-Momani, Giorgio Marotta, Kelly P Cosgrove, Christopher H van Dyck, Ken Herrmann, György A Homola, Gianni Pezzoli, Andreas K Buck, Jens Volkmann, Samuel Samnick, Ioannis U Isaias
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between levodopa-induced dyskinesias and striatal cholinergic activity in patients with Parkinson's disease. METHODS: This study included 13 Parkinson's disease patients with peak-of-dose levodopa-induced dyskinesias, 12 nondyskinetic patients, and 12 healthy controls. Participants underwent 5-[(123)I]iodo-3-[2(S)-2-azetidinylmethoxy]pyridine single-photon emission computed tomography, a marker of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, [(123)I]N-ω-fluoropropyl-2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)nortropane single-photon emission computed tomography, to measure dopamine reuptake transporter density and 2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography to assess regional cerebral metabolic activity...
September 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904554/plants-derived-neuroprotective-agents-cutting-the-cycle-of-cell-death-through-multiple-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Taiwo Olayemi Elufioye, Tomayo Ireti Berida, Solomon Habtemariam
Neuroprotection is the preservation of the structure and function of neurons from insults arising from cellular injuries induced by a variety of agents or neurodegenerative diseases (NDs). The various NDs including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases as well as amyotropic lateral sclerosis affect millions of people around the world with the main risk factor being advancing age. Each of these diseases affects specific neurons and/or regions in the brain and involves characteristic pathological and molecular features...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904288/alpha-pvp-induces-the-rewarding-effect-via-activating-dopaminergic-neuron
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Kyoko Hataoka, Asuka Kaizaki-Mitsumoto, Satoshi Numazawa
A synthetic cathinone, 1-phenyl-2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-pentanone (α-PVP), was occasionally found in the "bath salt" type of designer drugs, as an active ingredient. It has been reported that drivers who consumed α-PVP were in an excited state and incapable of controlling their behavior, causing traffic accidents. Despite its acute excitatory effects, there is no information on the psychological dependency elicited by α-PVP use. The purpose of the present study was to clarify whether the reward pathway is activated with repeated doses of α-PVP in experimental animals...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902833/rabies-screen-reveals-gpe-control-of-cocaine-triggered-plasticity
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Kevin T Beier, Christina K Kim, Paul Hoerbelt, Lin Wai Hung, Boris D Heifets, Katherine E DeLoach, Timothy J Mosca, Sophie Neuner, Karl Deisseroth, Liqun Luo, Robert C Malenka
Identification of neural circuit changes that contribute to behavioural plasticity has routinely been conducted on candidate circuits that were preselected on the basis of previous results. Here we present an unbiased method for identifying experience-triggered circuit-level changes in neuronal ensembles in mice. Using rabies virus monosynaptic tracing, we mapped cocaine-induced global changes in inputs onto neurons in the ventral tegmental area. Cocaine increased rabies-labelled inputs from the globus pallidus externus (GPe), a basal ganglia nucleus not previously known to participate in behavioural plasticity triggered by drugs of abuse...
September 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902472/the-mushroom-body-d1-dopamine-receptor-controls-innate-courtship-drive
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Junghwa Lim, Ana I Fernandez, Samantha J Hinojos, Gissel P Aranda, Jacqueline James, Chang-Soo Seong, Kyung-An Han
Mating is critical for species survival and is profoundly regulated by neuromodulators and neurohormones to accommodate internal states and external factors. To identify the underlying neuromodulatory mechanisms, we investigated the roles of dopamine receptors in various aspects of courtship behavior in Drosophila. Here we report that the D1 dopamine receptor dDA1 regulates courtship drive in naïve males. The wild-type naïve males actively courted females regardless their appearance or mating status. On the contrary, the dDA1 mutant (dumb) males exhibited substantially reduced courtship toward less appealing females including decapitated, leg-less and mated females...
September 13, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901722/%C3%AE-6-subunit-containing-nicotinic-receptors-mediate-low-dose-ethanol-effects-on-ventral-tegmental-area-neurons-and-ethanol-reward
#16
Scott C Steffensen, Samuel I Shin, Ashley C Nelson, Stephanie S Pistorius, Stephanie B Williams, Taylor J Woodward, Hyun Jung Park, Lindsey Friend, Ming Gao, Fenfei Gao, Devin H Taylor, M Foster Olive, Jeffrey G Edwards, Sterling N Sudweeks, Lori M Buhlman, J Michael McIntosh, Jie Wu
Dopamine (DA) neuron excitability is regulated by inhibitory GABAergic synaptic transmission and modulated by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of α6 subunit-containing nAChRs (α6*-nAChRs) in acute ethanol effects on ventral tegmental area (VTA) GABA and DA neurons. α6*-nAChRs were visualized on GABA terminals on VTA GABA neurons, and α6*-nAChR transcripts were expressed in most DA neurons, but only a minority of VTA GABA neurons from GAD67 GFP mice...
September 13, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901191/hypoxic-culture-promotes-dopaminergic-neuronal-differentiation-of-nasal-olfactory-mucosa-mesenchymal-stem-cells-via-upregulation-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE
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Yi Zhuo, Lei Wang, Lite Ge, Xuan Li, Da Duan, Xiaohua Teng, Miao Jiang, Kai Liu, Ting Yuan, Pei Wu, Hao Wang, Yujia Deng, Huali Xie, Ping Chen, Ying Xia, Ming Lu
Olfactory mucosa mesenchymal stem cells (OM-MSCs) display significant clonogenic activity and may be easily propagated for Parkinson's disease therapies. Methods of inducing OM-MSCs to differentiate into dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) are thus an attractive topic of research. We designed a hypoxic induction protocol to generate DAergic neurons from OM-MSCs using a physiological oxygen (O2) level of 3% and OEC-conditioned medium (OCM; HI group). The normal induction (NI) group was cultured in O2 at ambient air level (21%)...
August 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900286/adolescent-thc-exposure-causes-enduring-prefrontal-cortical-disruption-of-gabaergic-inhibition-and-dysregulation-of-sub-cortical-dopamine-function
#18
Justine Renard, Hanna J Szkudlarek, Cecilia P Kramar, Christina E L Jobson, Kyra Moura, Walter J Rushlow, Steven R Laviolette
Chronic adolescent marijuana use has been linked to the later development of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia. GABAergic hypofunction in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a cardinal pathological feature of schizophrenia and may be a mechanism by which the PFC loses its ability to regulate sub-cortical dopamine (DA) resulting in schizophrenia-like neuropsychopathology. In the present study, we exposed adolescent rats to Δ-9-tetra-hydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana. At adulthood, we characterized the functionality of PFC GABAergic neurotransmission and its regulation of sub-cortical DA function using molecular, behavioral and in-vivo electrophysiological analyses...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900002/modeling-parkinson-s-disease-pathology-by-combination-of-fibril-seeds-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-overexpression-in-the-rat-brain
#19
Poonam Thakur, Ludivine S Breger, Martin Lundblad, Oi Wan Wan, Bengt Mattsson, Kelvin C Luk, Virginia M Y Lee, John Q Trojanowski, Anders Björklund
Although a causative role of α-synuclein (α-syn) is well established in Parkinson's disease pathogenesis, available animal models of synucleinopathy do not replicate the full range of cellular and behavioral changes characteristic of the human disease. This study was designed to generate a more faithful model of Parkinson's disease by injecting human α-syn fibril seeds into the rat substantia nigra (SN), in combination with adenoassociated virus (AAV)-mediated overexpression of human α-syn, at levels that, by themselves, are unable to induce acute dopamine (DA) neurodegeneration...
September 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899958/serotonin-transporter-binding-and-anxiety-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Merijn Joling, Odile A van den Heuvel, Henk W Berendse, Jan Booij, Chris Vriend
BACKGROUND: Anxiety is a common neuropsychiatric symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD), yet the neural mechanisms have been scarcely investigated. Disturbances in dopaminergic and serotonergic signalling may play a role in its pathophysiology. (123)I-N-ω-fluoropropyl-2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)nortropane ((123)I-FP-CIT) is a single-photon emission CT radiotracer, and its binding in striatal and extrastriatal subcortical brain areas represents predominant binding to the presynaptic dopamine transporter (DAT) and the serotonin transporter (SERT), respectively...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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