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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182617/in-vivo-stimulation-of-locus-coeruleus-effects-on-amygdala-subnuclei
#1
Elisa Rodríguez-Ortega, Fernando Cañadas, Francisca Carvajal, Diana Cardona
The locus coeruleus (LC) is the major noradrenergic nucleus and sends projections to almost all brain areas. A marked increase in norepinephrine release has been demonstrated in several brain areas in response to exposure to acute stressful stimuli, especially those innervated by LC projections. One of the brain areas innervated by LC neurons is the amygdala, a structure highly involved in emotional processes and memory formation. The aim of this study was to increase knowledge of the functional connectivity between the LC and the amygdala subnuclei...
2017: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108985/serotonergic-neurons-mediate-the-anxiolytic-effect-of-l-dopa-neuronal-correlates-in-the-amygdala
#2
Emilie Faggiani, Frederic Naudet, Marcus L F Janssen, Yasin Temel, Abdelhamid Benazzouz
Anxiety in Parkinson's disease is a comorbid non-motor symptom that alters the quality of life of patients. Its neuronal substrates and those of l-Dopa treatment are still poorly known. Using different combinations of monoaminergic system lesions in the rat, we addressed the contribution of these systems in the efficacy of l-DOPA on anxiety and on the neuronal activity of basolateral amygdala (BLA), a brain structure involved in anxiety. Anxiety, locomotor activity and motor performance were assessed using the elevated plus maze, the open field and the skinner box, respectively...
November 3, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107702/intra-nasal-dopamine-alleviates-cognitive-deficits-in-tgdisc1-rats-which-overexpress-the-human-disc1-gene
#3
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/29081007/interplay-of-prefrontal-cortex-and-amygdala-during-extinction-of-drug-seeking
#4
Valeria Oliva, Emilio Cartoni, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Gianluca Baldassarre
Extinction of Pavlovian conditioning is a complex process that involves brain regions such as the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), the amygdala and the locus coeruleus. In particular, noradrenaline (NA) coming from the locus coeruleus has been recently shown to play a different role in two subregions of the mPFC, the prelimbic (PL) and the infralimbic (IL) regions. How these regions interact in conditioning and subsequent extinction is an open issue. We studied these processes using two approaches: computational modelling and NA manipulation in a conditioned place preference paradigm (CPP) in mice...
October 28, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920933/modular-organization-of-the-brainstem-noradrenaline-system-coordinates-opposing-learning-states
#5
Akira Uematsu, Bao Zhen Tan, Edgar A Ycu, Jessica Sulkes Cuevas, Jenny Koivumaa, Felix Junyent, Eric J Kremer, Ilana B Witten, Karl Deisseroth, Joshua P Johansen
Noradrenaline modulates global brain states and diverse behaviors through what is traditionally believed to be a homogeneous cell population in the brainstem locus coeruleus (LC). However, it is unclear how LC coordinates disparate behavioral functions. We report a modular LC organization in rats, endowed with distinct neural projection patterns and coding properties for flexible specification of opposing behavioral learning states. LC projection mapping revealed functionally distinct cell modules with specific anatomical connectivity...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900460/manual-acupuncture-at-pc6-ameliorates-acute-restraint-stress-induced-anxiety-in-rats-by-normalizing-amygdaloid-noradrenergic-response
#6
ZhengLin Zhao, Sang Chan Kim, HongFeng Liu, Jie Zhang, YuHua Wang, Il Je Cho, Bong Hyo Lee, Chang Hyun Song, Chul Won Lee, Chae Ha Yang, RongJie Zhao, YiYan Wu
Acupuncture improves ethanol withdrawal-induced anxiety in rats in an acupoint-dependent manner. Thus, the present study investigated the effects of acupuncture on acute restraint stress- (ARS-) induced anxiety. Male rats were exposed to ARS for 3 h followed by acupuncture at either PC6 (Neiguan), HT7 (Shenmen), or a nonacupoint (tail) once a day for three consecutive days. Five minutes after the third acupuncture treatment, anxiety-like behavior was evaluated in an elevated plus maze (EPM). Additionally, plasma corticosterone (CORT) levels were measured by radioimmunoassay and the concentrations of norepinephrine (NE) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-phenylglycol (MHPG) in the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889197/changes-in-gene-expression-in-the-locus-coeruleus-amygdala-circuitry-in-inhibitory-avoidance-ptsd-model
#7
Esther L Sabban, Lidia I Serova, Elizabeth Newman, Nurit Aisenberg, Irit Akirav
The locus coeruleus (LC)-amygdala circuit is implicated in playing a key role in responses to emotionally arousing stimuli and in the manifestation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, we examined changes in gene expression of a number of important mediators of the LC-amygdala circuitry in the inhibition avoidance model of PTSD. After testing for basal acoustic startle response (ASR), rats were exposed to a severe footshock (1.5 mA for 10 s) in the inhibitory avoidance apparatus. They were given contextual situational reminders every 5 day for 25 days...
September 9, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814469/characterization-of-the-amplificatory-effect-of-norepinephrine-in-the-acquisition-of-pavlovian-threat-associations
#8
Lorenzo Díaz-Mataix, Walter T Piper, Hillary C Schiff, Clark H Roberts, Vincent D Campese, Robert M Sears, Joseph E LeDoux
The creation of auditory threat Pavlovian memory requires an initial learning stage in which a neutral conditioned stimulus (CS), such as a tone, is paired with an aversive one (US), such as a shock. In this phase, the CS acquires the capacity of predicting the occurrence of the US and therefore elicits conditioned defense responses. Norepinephrine (NE), through β-adrenergic receptors in the amygdala, enhances threat memory by facilitating the acquisition of the CS-US association, but the nature of this effect has not been described...
September 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802898/neurochemical-evidence-that-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-55-102-peptide-modulates-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-by-decreasing-the-dopamine-release-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens
#9
Angelina Rakovska, Maria Baranyi, Katalin Windisch, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Hristo Gagov, Reni Kalfin
CART (Cocaine- and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript) peptide is a neurotransmitter naturally occurring in the CNS and found mostly in nucleus accumbens, ventrotegmental area, ventral pallidum, amygdalae and striatum, brain regions associated with drug addiction. In the nucleus accumbens, known for its significant role in motivation, pleasure, reward and reinforcement learning, CART peptide inhibits cocaine and amphetamine-induced dopamine-mediated increases in locomotor activity and behavior, suggesting a CART peptide interaction with the dopaminergic system...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790188/noradrenergic-activation-of-the-basolateral-amygdala-maintains-hippocampus-dependent-accuracy-of-remote-memory
#10
Erika Atucha, Vanja Vukojevic, Raquel V Fornari, Giacomo Ronzoni, Philippe Demougin, Fabian Peter, Piray Atsak, Marcel W Coolen, Andreas Papassotiropoulos, James L McGaugh, Dominique J-F de Quervain, Benno Roozendaal
Emotional enhancement of memory by noradrenergic mechanisms is well-described, but the long-term consequences of such enhancement are poorly understood. Over time, memory traces are thought to undergo a neural reorganization, that is, a systems consolidation, during which they are, at least partly, transferred from the hippocampus to neocortical networks. This transfer is accompanied by a decrease in episodic detailedness. Here we investigated whether norepinephrine (NE) administration into the basolateral amygdala after training on an inhibitory avoidance discrimination task, comprising two distinct training contexts, alters systems consolidation dynamics to maintain episodic-like accuracy and hippocampus dependency of remote memory...
August 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708061/locus-coeruleus-to-basolateral-amygdala-noradrenergic-projections-promote-anxiety-like-behavior
#11
Jordan G McCall, Edward R Siuda, Dionnet L Bhatti, Lamley A Lawson, Zoe A McElligott, Garret D Stuber, Michael R Bruchas
Increased tonic activity of locus coeruleus noradrenergic (LC-NE) neurons induces anxiety-like and aversive behavior. While some information is known about the afferent circuitry that endogenously drives this neural activity and behavior, the downstream receptors and anatomical projections that mediate these acute risk aversive behavioral states via the LC-NE system remain unresolved. Here we use a combination of retrograde tracing, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, electrophysiology, and in vivo optogenetics with localized pharmacology to identify neural substrates downstream of increased tonic LC-NE activity in mice...
July 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577990/the-regulation-of-corticosteroid-receptors-in-response-to-chronic-social-defeat
#12
Jia Zhang, Yan Fan, Muhammad U Raza, Yanqiang Zhan, Xiang-Dong Du, Paresh D Patel, Meng-Yang Zhu
Our previous studies demonstrated that chronic social defeat (CSD) up-regulated expression of the serotonin transporter (SERT) and norepinephrine transporter (NET) in the brain, which was mediated by corticosteroid receptors. In the present study we first analyzed the alterations of corticosteroid receptors in different brain regions after the CSD paradigm. The results showed that CSD significantly reduced glucocorticoid receptor (GR) protein levels in the CA1 and dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, as well as in central and basolateral nuclei of the amygdala, which was accompanied by the translocation of GR from cytoplasm to nuclei...
May 31, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562459/desipramine-rescues-emotional-memory-deficit-induced-by-low-doses-of-reserpine
#13
Yi Luo, Zhilian Li, Xiaoyan Peng, Liexin Xia, Lan Ma
Emotional memory deficit is a well-known complication in early Parkinson's disease. However, its molecular mechanism is still not well known. To address this issue, we examined the cue-related fear-conditioning task and long-term potentiation (LTP) of the thalamus to the lateral amygdala in rats treated with low doses of reserpine (Res). We found that low-dose Res treatment impaired emotional memory and LTP. We also found that exogenous upregulation of norepinephrine (NE) ameliorated the impairment of LTP by facilitating β-adrenergic receptors...
September 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552029/a-standardized-hippophae-extract-sbl-1-counters-neuronal-tissue-injuries-and-changes-in-neurotransmitters-implications-in-radiation-protection
#14
Madhu Bala, Vanita Gupta, Jagdish Prasad
CONTEXT: Effects of a radioprotective, standardized leaf extract (code SBL-1) from traditional medicinal plant, sea buckthorn [Hippophae rhamnoides L. (Elaeagnaceae)], on neurotransmitters and brain injuries in rats showing radiation-induced conditioned taste aversion (CTA), are not known. Understanding CTA in rats is important because its process is considered parallel to nausea and vomiting in humans. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the levels of neurotransmitters, antioxidant defences and histological changes in rats showing radiation CTA, and their modification by SBL-1...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536692/wistar-kyoto-female-rats-are-more-susceptible-to-develop-sugar-binging-a-comparison-with-wistar-rats
#15
Helena Papacostas-Quintanilla, Víctor Manuel Ortiz-Ortega, Carolina López-Rubalcava
The hedonic component of the feeding behavior involves the mesolimbic reward system and resembles addictions. Nowadays, the excessive consumption of sucrose is considered addictive. The Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rat strain is prone to develop anxiety and addiction-like behavior; nevertheless, a lack of information regarding their vulnerability to develop sugar binging-like behavior (SBLB) and how it affects the reward system persist. Therefore, the first aim of the present study was to compare the different predisposition of two rat strains, Wistar (W) and WKY to develop the SBLB in female and male rats...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499100/probing-for-neuroadaptations-to-unpredictable-stressors-in-addiction-translational-methods-and-emerging-evidence
#16
Jesse T Kaye, Daniel E Bradford, Katherine P Magruder, John J Curtin
Stressors clearly contribute to addiction etiology and relapse in humans, but our understanding of specific mechanisms remains limited. Rodent models of addiction offer the power, flexibility, and precision necessary to delineate the causal role and specific mechanisms through which stressors influence alcohol and other drug use. This review describes a program of research using startle potentiation to unpredictable stressors that is well positioned to translate between animal models and clinical research with humans on stress neuroadaptations in addiction...
May 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455701/chronic-rem-sleep-restriction-in-juvenile-male-rats-induces-anxiety-like-behavior-and-alters-monoamine-systems-in-the-amygdala-and-hippocampus
#17
Janaína da Silva Rocha-Lopes, Ricardo Borges Machado, Deborah Suchecki
Adolescence is marked by major physiological changes, including those in the sleep-wake cycle, such as phase delay, which may result in reduced sleep hours. Sleep restriction and/or deprivation in adult rats activate stress response and seem to be a risk factor for triggering emotional disorders. In the present study, we sought to evaluate the behavioral and neurobiological consequences of prolonged REM sleep restriction in juvenile male rats. Immediately after weaning, on postnatal day 21, three males from each litter were submitted to REM sleep deprivation and the other three animals were maintained in their home-cages...
April 28, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442354/the-influence-of-stress-on-neuroinflammation-and-alterations-in-brain-structure-and-function-in-major-depressive-disorder
#18
REVIEW
Yong-Ku Kim, Eunsoo Won
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition which has often been associated with chronic stress. The sympathetic nervous system is continuously activated without the normal counteraction of the parasympathetic nervous system under the influence of chronic stress. As a result, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels are increased, and acetylcholine levels are decreased, which in turn can increase the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Peripheral inflammatory responses can access the brain, with neuroinflammation contributing to the increase in neurotoxic kynurenine pathway metabolites such as 3-hydroxykynurenine, 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid and quinolinic acid, and decrease in neuroprotective metabolites such as kynurenic acid...
June 30, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352358/alterations-in-vegf-expression-induced-by-antidepressant-drugs-in-female-rats-under-chronic-social-stress
#19
Marta Maria Nowacka-Chmielewska, Monika Paul-Samojedny, Anna Maria Bielecka-Wajdman, Jarosław Jerzy Barski, Ewa Obuchowicz
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is thought to serve a role in neurogenesis and the stress response. Although a definite link between the action of antidepressants and VEGF has not been identified, it is assumed that VEGF, as a neurotrophic factor, serves an important role in the effects of antidepressant treatment. To examine this, the present study subjected adult female rats to four weeks of social instability stress and measured the effect of antidepressant treatment on the expression of VEGF. Firstly, endocrine markers of stress and body weight were measured in parallel with behavioral tests prior to and following subjection to stress...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324703/arousal-amplifies-biased-competition-between-high-and-low-priority-memories-more-in-women-than-in-men-the-role-of-elevated-noradrenergic-activity
#20
David Clewett, Michiko Sakaki, Ringo Huang, Shawn E Nielsen, Mara Mather
Recent findings indicate that emotional arousal can enhance memory consolidation of goal-relevant stimuli while impairing it for irrelevant stimuli. According to one recent model, these goal-dependent memory tradeoffs are driven by arousal-induced release of norepinephrine (NE), which amplifies neural gain in target sensory and memory processing brain regions. Past work also shows that ovarian hormones modulate activity in the same regions thought to support NE's effects on memory, such as the amygdala, suggesting that men and women may be differentially susceptible to arousal's dual effects on episodic memory...
June 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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