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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716656/atomoxetine-in-abstinent-cocaine-users-cognitive-subjective-and-cardiovascular-effects
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Elise E DeVito, Aryeh I Herman, Noah S Konkus, Huiping Zhang, Mehmet Sofuoglu
No pharmacotherapies are approved for the treatment of cocaine use disorders (CUD). Behavioral treatments for CUD are efficacious for some individuals, but recovery rates from CUD remain low. Cognitive impairments in CUD have been linked with poorer clinical outcomes. Cognitive enhancing pharmacotherapies have been proposed as promising treatments for CUD. Atomoxetine, a norepinephrine transporter inhibitor, shows potential as a treatment for CUD based on its efficacy as a cognitive enhancer in other clinical populations and impact on addictive processes in preclinical and human laboratory studies...
July 14, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715790/site-and-species-specific-hydrolysis-rates-of-cocaine
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Levente Szöcs, Gergely Völgyi, Ákos Urai, Sándor Hosztafi, Gergő Tóth, Lajos Gergó, Béla Noszál
The hydroxide-catalyzed non-enzymatic hydrolysis of cocaine is quantified in terms of ten site- and species-specific rate constants in connection with also ten site- and species-specific acid-base equilibrium constants, comprising all the twelve coexisting species in solution. This characterization involves the major and minor decomposition pathways via benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester, respectively, leading to ecgonine, the final product. Hydrolysis has been found to be 10-330 times faster at site 2 than at site 3, depending on the ionization status of the amino moiety and the rest of the molecule...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714728/functional-neural-changes-following-behavioral-therapies-and-disulfiram-for-cocaine-dependence
#3
Elise E DeVito, Guangheng Dong, Hedy Kober, Jiansong Xu, Kathleen M Carroll, Marc N Potenza
A growing literature exists on neural correlates of treatment outcome. However, different types-or components of-treatment have distinct theorized mechanisms of action. And it is not yet known how changes in neural activity across treatment relate to engagement in different treatment components. Participants with cocaine use disorders in a randomized clinical trial received cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) plus, in a 2 × 2 design, contingency management (CM) or no CM, and disulfiram or placebo. Participants performed a functional MRI Stroop task, a measure of cognitive control, at the beginning of and after the 12-week treatment...
July 17, 2017: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712684/cerebellar-perineuronal-nets-in-cocaine-induced-pavlovian-memory-site-matters
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Maria Carbo-Gas, Josep Moreno-Rius, Julian Guarque-Chabrera, Dolores Vazquez-Sanroman, Isis Gil-Miravet, Daniela Carulli, Freek Hoebeek, Chris De Zeeuw, Carla Sanchis-Segura, Marta Miquel
One of the key mechanisms for the stabilization of synaptic changes near the end of critical periods for experience-dependent plasticity is the formation of specific lattice extracellular matrix structures called perineuronal nets (PNNs). The formation of drug memories depends on local circuits in the cerebellum, but it is unclear to what extent it may also relate to changes in their PNN. Here, we investigated changes in the PNNs of the cerebellum following cocaine-induced preference conditioning. The formation of cocaine-related preference memories increased expression of PNN-related proteins surrounding Golgi inhibitory interneurons as well as that of cFos in granule cells at the apex of the cerebellar cortex...
July 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711811/n-acetylcysteine-reduces-cocaine-cue-attentional-bias-and-differentially-alters-cocaine-self-administration-based-on-dosing-order
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B L Bolin, Joseph L Alcorn, Joshua A Lile, Craig R Rush, Abner O Rayapati, Lon R Hays, William W Stoops
BACKGROUND: Disrupted glutamate homeostasis is thought to contribute to cocaine-use disorder, in particular, by enhancing the incentive salience of cocaine stimuli. n-Acetylcysteine might be useful in cocaine-use disorder by normalizing glutamate function. In prior studies, n-acetylcysteine blocked the reinstatement of cocaine seeking in laboratory animals and reduced the salience of cocaine stimuli and delayed relapse in humans. METHODS: The present study determined the ability of maintenance on n-acetylcysteine (0 or 2400mg/day, counterbalanced) to reduce the incentive salience of cocaine stimuli, as measured by an attentional bias task, and attenuate intranasal cocaine self-administration (0, 30, and 60mg)...
June 29, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711810/cocaine-dependence-modulates-the-effect-of-hiv-infection-on-brain-activation-during-intertemporal-decision-making
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Christina S Meade, Andrea L Hobkirk, Sheri L Towe, Nan-Kuei Chen, Ryan P Bell, Scott A Huettel
BACKGROUND: Both HIV infection and chronic cocaine use alter the neural circuitry of decision making, but the interactive effects of these commonly comorbid conditions have not been adequately examined. This study tested how cocaine moderates HIV-related neural activation during an intertemporal decision-making task. METHODS: The sample included 73 participants who differed on cocaine and HIV status (18 COC+/HIV+, 19 COC+/HIV-, 19 COC-/HIV+, 17 COC-/HIV-). Participants made choices between smaller, sooner and larger, delayed rewards while undergoing functional MRI...
July 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710520/psychostimulants-and-forced-swim-stress-interaction-how-activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-and-stress-induced-hyperglycemia-are-affected
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Humberto Gagliano, Juan Antonio Ortega-Sanchez, Roser Nadal, Antonio Armario
RATIONALE: We recently reported that simultaneous exposure to amphetamine and various stressors resulted in reduced hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and glycemic responses to the stressors. Since this is a new and relevant phenomenon, we wanted to further explore this interaction. OBJECTIVES: This study aims (i) to characterize the effect of various doses of amphetamine on the physiological response to a predominantly emotional stressor (forced swim) when the drug was given immediately before stress; (ii) to study if an interaction appears when the drug was given 30 min or 7 days before swim; and (iii) to know whether cocaine causes similar effects when given just before stress...
July 14, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706288/spinal-pathways-involved-in-somatosensory-inhibition-of-the-psychomotor-actions-of-cocaine
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Suchan Chang, Yeonhee Ryu, Young Seob Gwak, Nam Jun Kim, Jin Mook Kim, Jun Yeon Lee, Seol Ah Kim, Bong Hyo Lee, Scott C Steffensen, Eun Young Jang, Chae Ha Yang, Hee Young Kim
Previous studies have demonstrated that somatosensory stimuli influence dopamine transmission in the mesolimbic reward system and can reduce drug-induced motor behaviors, craving and dependence. Until now, the central links between somatosensory and brain reward systems are not known. Here, we show that the dorsal column (DC) somatosensory pathway contains projections that convey an inhibitory input from the periphery to mesolimbic reward circuits. Stimulation of the ulnar nerve under HT7 acupoint suppressed psychomotor response to cocaine, which was abolished by disruption of the DC pathway, but not the spinothalamic tract (STT)...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702262/hemispheric-asymmetry-of-development-due-to-drug-exposure
#9
Harold W Gordon
BACKGROUND: A previous survey of the literature of fMRI brain activation for two risk factors, impulsivity and craving, for addiction were lateralized to the right and left hemispheres respectively. Most articles reported these findings without consideration of how lateral asymmetries might be relevant to understanding the underlying factors leading to addiction. OBJECTIVE: The current survey is intended to extend these observations by demonstrating hemispheric asymmetry of development due to pre-natal or adolescent/adult exposure to drugs of abuse...
2017: Journal of Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698920/prevention-and-reversal-of-social-stress-escalated-cocaine-self-administration-in-mice-by-intra-vta-crfr1-antagonism
#10
Xiao Han, Joseph F DeBold, Klaus A Miczek
BACKGROUND: A history of brief intermittent social defeat stress can escalate cocaine self-administration and induce long-term adaptations in the mesolimbic dopamine system. Extra-hypothalamic corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) has been shown to be closely associated with stress-induced escalation of drug use. How repeated stress modulates CRF release in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the roles of CRF receptors during different phases of stress-induced cocaine self-administration remain to be defined...
July 11, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686990/left-frontal-pole-theta-burst-stimulation-decreases-orbitofrontal-and-insula-activity-in-cocaine-users-and-alcohol-users
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Colleen A Hanlon, Logan T Dowdle, Brittany Correia, Oliver Mithoefer, Tonisha Kearney-Ramos, Daniel Lench, Millie Griffin, Raymond F Anton, Mark S George
BACKGROUND: Preclinical research has demonstrated a causal relationship between medial prefrontal cortex activity and cocaine self-administration. As a step towards translating those data to a neural circuit-based intervention for patients, this study sought to determine if continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) to the left frontal pole (FP), would attenuate frontal-striatal activity in two substance-dependent populations. METHODS: Forty-nine substance dependent individuals (25 cocaine, 24 alcohol) completed a single-blind, sham-controlled, crossover study wherein they received 6 trains of real or sham cTBS (110% resting motor threshold, FP1) each visit...
May 30, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682218/differences-in-the-rates-of-drug-polyconsumption-and-psychiatric-comorbidity-among-patients-with-cocaine-use-disorders-according-to-the-mental-health-service
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P Araos, Esperanza Vergara-Moragues, Francisco González-Saiz, María Pedraz, Nuria García-Marchena, Pablo Romero-Sanchiz, Juan Jesus Ruiz, Rafael Campos-Cloute, Antonia Serrano, Francisco Javier Pavón, Marta Torrens, Fernando Rodriguez De Fonseca
Cocaine continues to be a worldwide public health concern in Europe. To improve prognosis and intervention, it is necessary to understand the characteristics of the patients who depend on the services where they receive care. The objective is to analyze the differences among patients who use cocaine and between ambulatory and residential resources to better adapt treatment. This is a descriptive, observational study of two populations of cocaine users in treatment: the ambulatory therapeutic community (ATC) and the therapeutic community (TC)...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682013/cocaine-and-hiv-are-independently-associated-with-neural-activation-in-response-to-gain-and-loss-valuation-during-economic-risky-choice
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Christina S Meade, Merideth Addicott, Andrea L Hobkirk, Sheri L Towe, Nan-Kuei Chen, Sriramkumar Sridharan, Scott A Huettel
Stimulant abuse is disproportionately common in HIV-positive persons. Both HIV and stimulants are independently associated with deficits in reward-based decision making, but their interactive and/or additive effects are poorly understood despite their prevalent co-morbidity. Here, we examined the effects of cocaine dependence and HIV infection in 69 adults who underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while completing an economic loss aversion task. We identified two neural networks that correlated with the evaluation of the favorable characteristics of the gamble (i...
July 6, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660744/reconceptualizing-mental-disorders-from-symptoms-to-organs
#14
Mario Bunge
Most mental pathologies are diagnosed on the sole basis of the symptoms reported by patients, such as "I'm feeling low." The thrust of this paper is the proposal to reconceptualize mental disorders as dysfunctions of brain subsystems. This shift from symptom to organ would bring psychiatry in line with the rest of medicine, and is analogous to the change in status of venereal infections from skin pathologies, such as chancres, to bacterial infections. The proposal in question is part of the reconceptualization of mental processes as brain processes, in line with the materialist conception of the mind as neural...
June 2017: PsyCh Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659281/diverse-roads-to-relapse-a-discriminative-cue-signaling-cocaine-availability-is-more-effective-in-renewing-cocaine-seeking-in-goal-trackers-than-sign-trackers-and-depends-on-basal-forebrain-cholinergic-activity
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Kyle K Pitchers, Kyra B Phillips, Jonte L Jones, Terry E Robinson, Martin Sarter
Stimuli associated with taking drugs are notorious instigators of relapse. There is, however, considerable variation in the motivational properties of such stimuli, both as a function of the individual and the nature of the stimulus. The behavior of some individuals (sign-trackers, STs) is especially influenced by cues paired with reward delivery, perhaps because they are prone to process information via dopamine-dependent, cue-driven, incentive salience systems. Other individuals (goal-trackers, GTs) are better able to incorporate higher-order contextual information, perhaps because of better executive/attentional control over behavior, which requires frontal cortical cholinergic activity...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657172/asic1a-in-neurons-is-critical-for-fear-related-behaviors
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R J Taugher, Y Lu, R Fan, A Ghobbeh, C J Kreple, F M Faraci, J A Wemmie
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) have been implicated in fear-, addiction-, and depression-related behaviors in mice. While these effects have been attributed to ASIC1A in neurons, it has been reported that ASICs may also function in non-neuronal cells. To determine if ASIC1A in neurons is indeed required, we generated neuron-specific knockout mice with floxed Asic1a alleles disrupted by Cre recombinase driven by the neuron-specific synapsin I promoter (SynAsic1a KO mice). We confirmed that Cre expression occurred in neurons, but not all neurons, and not in non-neuronal cells including astrocytes...
June 28, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654734/can-a-rapid-measure-of-self-exposure-to-drugs-of-abuse-provide-dimensional-information-on-depression-comorbidity
#17
Eduardo Roque Butelman, Silvia Bacciardi, Angelo Giovanni Icro Maremmani, Maya Darst-Campbell, Joel Correa da Rosa, Mary Jeanne Kreek
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Addictions to heroin or to cocaine are associated with substantial psychiatric comorbidity, including depression. Poly-drug self-exposure (eg, to heroin, cocaine, cannabis, or alcohol) is also common, and may further affect depression comorbidity. METHODS: This case-control study examined the relationship of exposure to the above drugs and depression comorbidity. Participants were recruited from methadone maintenance clinics, and from the community...
June 27, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653079/naloxone-effects-on-extinction-of-ethanol-and-cocaine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-mice
#18
Laura Font, Christa A Houck, Christopher L Cunningham
RATIONALE: Previous studies found that naloxone (NLX) facilitated choice extinction of ethanol conditioned place preference (CPP) using long (60 min) test sessions, but there is little information on the variables determining this effect. OBJECTIVES: These studies examined repeated exposure to NLX during extinction of ethanol- or cocaine-induced CPP using both short and long tests. METHODS: DBA/2J mice were injected with NLX (0 or 10 mg/kg) before three 10- or 60-min choice extinction tests (experiment 1)...
June 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646469/the-cathinones-mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-elicit-different-behavioral-and-molecular-effects-following-acute-exposure
#19
Giuseppe Giannotti, Isabella Canazza, Lucia Caffino, Sabrine Bilel, Andrea Ossato, Fabio Fumagalli, Matteo Marti
Since the mid-to-late 2000s, synthetic cathinones have gained popularity among drug users due to their psychostimulant effects greater than those produced by cocaine and amphetamine. Among them, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and 1-phenyl-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)pentan-1-one (α-PVP) are ones of the most popular cathinones available in the clandestine market as "bath salts" or "fertilizers." Pre-clinical studies indicate that MDPV and α-PVP induced psychomotor stimulation, affected thermoregulation, and promoted reinforcing properties in rodents...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645616/epidemiological-and-sociodemographic-factors-associated-with-complicated-alcohol-withdrawal-syndrome
#20
R Monte-Secades, M Blanco-Soto, J A Díaz-Peromingo, A Sanvisens-Bergé, M C Martín-González, A Barbosa, B Rosón-Hernández, M A Tejero-Delgado, R Puerta-Louro, R Rabuñal-Rey
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the influence of epidemiological and sociodemographic factors in complicated alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A multicentre, observational prospective study was conducted on consecutively added patients with AWS hospitalised in internal medicine departments. We recorded sociodemographic, epidemiological, clinical and progression data. Complicated AWS was defined as that which progressed with seizures or delirium tremens...
June 20, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
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