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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436980/amygdala-inputs-to-prefrontal-cortex-guide-behavior-amid-conflicting-cues-of-reward-and-punishment
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Anthony Burgos-Robles, Eyal Y Kimchi, Ehsan M Izadmehr, Mary Jane Porzenheim, William A Ramos-Guasp, Edward H Nieh, Ada C Felix-Ortiz, Praneeth Namburi, Christopher A Leppla, Kara N Presbrey, Kavitha K Anandalingam, Pablo A Pagan-Rivera, Melodi Anahtar, Anna Beyeler, Kay M Tye
Orchestrating appropriate behavioral responses in the face of competing signals that predict either rewards or threats in the environment is crucial for survival. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) and prelimbic (PL) medial prefrontal cortex have been implicated in reward-seeking and fear-related responses, but how information flows between these reciprocally connected structures to coordinate behavior is unknown. We recorded neuronal activity from the BLA and PL while rats performed a task wherein competing shock- and sucrose-predictive cues were simultaneously presented...
April 24, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434992/promising-techniques-to-illuminate-neuromodulatory-control-of-the-cerebral-cortex-in-sleeping-and-waking-states
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Takeshi Kanda, Kaoru Ohyama, Hiroki Muramoto, Nami Kitajima, Hiroshi Sekiya
Sleep, a common event in daily life, has clear benefits for brain function, but what goes on in the brain when we sleep remains unclear. Sleep was long regarded as a silent state of the brain because the brain seemingly lacks interaction with the surroundings during sleep. Since the discovery of electrical activities in the brain at rest, electrophysiological methods have revealed novel concepts in sleep research. During sleep, the brain generates oscillatory activities that represent characteristic states of sleep...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426969/chemogenetic-interrogation-of-a-brain-wide-fear-memory-network-in-mice
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Gisella Vetere, Justin W Kenney, Lina M Tran, Frances Xia, Patrick E Steadman, John Parkinson, Sheena A Josselyn, Paul W Frankland
Behavior depends on coordinated activity across multiple brain regions. Within such networks, highly connected hub regions are assumed to disproportionately influence behavioral output, although this hypothesis has not been systematically evaluated. Previously, by mapping brain-wide expression of the activity-regulated gene c-fos, we identified a network of brain regions co-activated by fear memory. To test the hypothesis that hub regions are more important for network function, here, we simulated node deletion in silico in this behaviorally defined functional network...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424518/the-genetic-basis-of-parental-care-evolution-in-monogamous-mice
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Andres Bendesky, Young-Mi Kwon, Jean-Marc Lassance, Caitlin L Lewarch, Shenqin Yao, Brant K Peterson, Meng Xiao He, Catherine Dulac, Hopi E Hoekstra
Parental care is essential for the survival of mammals, yet the mechanisms underlying its evolution remain largely unknown. Here we show that two sister species of mice, Peromyscus polionotus and Peromyscus maniculatus, have large and heritable differences in parental behaviour. Using quantitative genetics, we identify 12 genomic regions that affect parental care, 8 of which have sex-specific effects, suggesting that parental care can evolve independently in males and females. Furthermore, some regions affect parental care broadly, whereas others affect specific behaviours, such as nest building...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396432/serotonin-neurons-in-the-dorsal-raphe-mediate-the-anticataplectic-action-of-orexin-neurons-by-reducing-amygdala-activity
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Emi Hasegawa, Takashi Maejima, Takayuki Yoshida, Olivia A Masseck, Stefan Herlitze, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Takeshi Sakurai, Michihiro Mieda
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder caused by the loss of orexin (hypocretin)-producing neurons and marked by excessive daytime sleepiness and a sudden weakening of muscle tone, or cataplexy, often triggered by strong emotions. In a mouse model for narcolepsy, we previously demonstrated that serotonin neurons of the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) mediate the suppression of cataplexy-like episodes (CLEs) by orexin neurons. Using an optogenetic tool, in this paper we show that the acute activation of DRN serotonin neuron terminals in the amygdala, but not in nuclei involved in regulating rapid eye-movement sleep and atonia, suppressed CLEs...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396414/orexin-driven-gad65-network-of-the-lateral-hypothalamus-sets-physical-activity-in-mice
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Christin Kosse, Cornelia Schöne, Edward Bracey, Denis Burdakov
Damage to the lateral hypothalamus (LH) causes profound physical inactivity in mammals. Several molecularly distinct types of LH neurons have been identified, including orexin cells and glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65) cells, but their interplay in orchestrating physical activity is not fully understood. Here, using optogenetic circuit analysis and cell type-specific deep-brain recordings in behaving mice, we show that orexin cell activation rapidly recruits GAD65LH neurons. We demonstrate that internally initiated GAD65LH cell bursts precede and accompany spontaneous running bouts, that selective chemogenetic silencing of natural GAD65LH cell activity depresses voluntary locomotion, and that GAD65LH cell overactivation leads to hyperlocomotion...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389475/movement-rate-is-encoded-and-influenced-by-widespread-coherent-activity-of-cerebellar-molecular-layer-interneurons
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Michael A Gaffield, Jason M Christie
Inhibition from molecular layer interneurons (MLIs) is thought to play an important role in cerebellar function by sharpening the precision of Purkinje cell spike output. Yet the coding features of MLIs during behavior are poorly understood. To study MLI activity, we used in vivo Ca(2+) imaging in head-fixed mice during the performance of a rhythmic motor behavior, licking during water consumption. MLIs were robustly active during lick-related movement across a lobule-specific region of the cerebellum showing high temporal correspondence within their population...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387223/ethanol-withdrawal-drives-anxiety-related-behaviors-by-reducing-m-type-potassium-channel-activity-in-the-lateral-habenula
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Seungwoo Kang, Jing Li, Wanhong Zuo, Rao Fu, Danielle Gregor, Kresimir Krnjevic, Alex Bekker, Jiang-Hong Ye
Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and anxiety disorders (ADs) are often seen concurrently, but their underlying cellular basis is unclear. For unclear reasons, the lateral habenula (LHb), a key brain region involved in the pathophysiology of ADs, becomes hyperactive after ethanol withdrawal. M-type K(+) channels (M-channels), important regulators of neuronal activity, are abundant in the LHb, yet little is known about their role in AUDs and associated ADs. We report here that in rats at 24 h withdrawal from systemic ethanol administration (either by intraperitoneal injection, 2 g/kg, twice/day, for 7 days; or intermittent drinking 20% ethanol in a two-bottle free choice protocol for 8 weeks), the basal firing rate and the excitability of LHb neurons in brain slices was higher, whereas the amplitude of medium afterhyperpolarization and M-type K(+) currents were smaller, when compared to ethanol naïve rats...
April 7, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380690/chemogenetic-inhibition-of-pain-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-osteoarthritis
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Rachel E Miller, Shingo Ishihara, Bula Bhattacharyya, Ada Delaney, Daniela M Menichella, Richard J Miller, Anne-Marie Malfait
Objective - The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of drugs that activate inhibitory G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) expressed in peripheral NaV 1.8-positive sensory neurons to control osteoarthritis associated pain. Therefore, we used Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by a Designer Drug (DREADD) technology, which utilizes engineered GPCRs to activate or inhibit neurons upon binding the synthetic ligand, clozapine-N-oxide. Methods -NaV 1.8-Pdi C57BL/6 mice were created to express the inhibitory DREADD receptor, Pdi, in NaV 1...
April 5, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375159/local-gabaergic-signaling-within-sensory-ganglia-controls-peripheral-nociceptive-transmission
#10
Xiaona Du, Han Hao, Yuehui Yang, Sha Huang, Caixue Wang, Sylvain Gigout, Rosmaliza Ramli, Xinmeng Li, Ewa Jaworska, Ian Edwards, Jim Deuchars, Yuchio Yanagawa, Jinlong Qi, Bingcai Guan, David B Jaffe, Hailin Zhang, Nikita Gamper
The integration of somatosensory information is generally assumed to be a function of the central nervous system (CNS). Here we describe fully functional GABAergic communication within rodent peripheral sensory ganglia and show that it can modulate transmission of pain-related signals from the peripheral sensory nerves to the CNS. We found that sensory neurons express major proteins necessary for GABA synthesis and release and that sensory neurons released GABA in response to depolarization. In vivo focal infusion of GABA or GABA reuptake inhibitor to sensory ganglia dramatically reduced acute peripherally induced nociception and alleviated neuropathic and inflammatory pain...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374016/divergent-modulation-of-nociception-by-glutamatergic-and-gabaergic-neuronal-subpopulations-in-the-periaqueductal-gray
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Vijay K Samineni, Jose G Grajales-Reyes, Bryan A Copits, Daniel E O'Brien, Sarah L Trigg, Adrian M Gomez, Michael R Bruchas, Robert W Gereau
The ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) constitutes a major descending pain modulatory system and is a crucial site for opioid-induced analgesia. A number of previous studies have demonstrated that glutamate and GABA play critical opposing roles in nociceptive processing in the vlPAG. It has been suggested that glutamatergic neurotransmission exerts antinociceptive effects, whereas GABAergic neurotransmission exert pronociceptive effects on pain transmission, through descending pathways. The inability to exclusively manipulate subpopulations of neurons in the PAG has prevented direct testing of this hypothesis...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368384/glp-1-acts-on-habenular-avoidance-circuits-to-control-nicotine-intake
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Luis M Tuesta, Zuxin Chen, Alexander Duncan, Christie D Fowler, Masago Ishikawa, Brian R Lee, Xin-An Liu, Qun Lu, Michael Cameron, Matthew R Hayes, Theodore M Kamenecka, Matthew Pletcher, Paul J Kenny
Tobacco smokers titrate their nicotine intake to avoid its noxious effects, sensitivity to which may influence vulnerability to tobacco dependence, yet mechanisms of nicotine avoidance are poorly understood. Here we show that nicotine activates glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) neurons in the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS). The antidiabetic drugs sitagliptin and exenatide, which inhibit GLP-1 breakdown and stimulate GLP-1 receptors, respectively, decreased nicotine intake in mice. Chemogenetic activation of GLP-1 neurons in NTS similarly decreased nicotine intake...
May 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341943/cross-species-translational-findings-in-the-discriminative-stimulus-effects-of-ethanol
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Daicia C Allen, Matthew M Ford, Kathleen A Grant
The progress on understanding the pharmacological basis of ethanol's discriminative stimulus effects has been substantial, but appears to have plateaued in the past decade. Further, the cross-species translational efforts are clear in laboratory animals, but have been minimal in human subject studies. Research findings clearly demonstrate that ethanol produces a compound stimulus with primary activity through GABA and glutamate receptor systems, particularly ionotropic receptors, with additional contribution from serotonergic mechanisms...
March 25, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334610/a-novel-mechanism-for-the-grid-to-place-cell-transformation-revealed-by-transgenic-depolarization-of-medial-entorhinal-cortex-layer-ii
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Benjamin R Kanter, Christine M Lykken, Daniel Avesar, Aldis Weible, Jasmine Dickinson, Benjamin Dunn, Nils Z Borgesius, Yasser Roudi, Clifford G Kentros
The spatial receptive fields of neurons in medial entorhinal cortex layer II (MECII) and in the hippocampus suggest general and environment-specific maps of space, respectively. However, the relationship between these receptive fields remains unclear. We reversibly manipulated the activity of MECII neurons via chemogenetic receptors and compared the changes in downstream hippocampal place cells to those of neurons in MEC. Depolarization of MECII impaired spatial memory and elicited drastic changes in CA1 place cells in a familiar environment, similar to those seen during remapping between distinct environments, while hyperpolarization did not...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334608/parvalbumin-interneurons-modulate-striatal-output-and-enhance-performance-during-associative-learning
#15
Kwang Lee, Sandra M Holley, Justin L Shobe, Natalie C Chong, Carlos Cepeda, Michael S Levine, Sotiris C Masmanidis
The prevailing view is that striatal parvalbumin (PV)-positive interneurons primarily function to downregulate medium spiny projection neuron (MSN) activity via monosynaptic inhibitory signaling. Here, by combining in vivo neural recordings and optogenetics, we unexpectedly find that both suppressing and over-activating PV cells attenuates spontaneous MSN activity. To account for this, we find that, in addition to monosynaptic coupling, PV-MSN interactions are mediated by a competing disynaptic inhibitory circuit involving a variety of neuropeptide Y-expressing interneurons...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334356/transient-cell-intrinsic-activity-regulates-the-migration-and-laminar-positioning-of-cortical-projection-neurons
#16
Nicolas Hurni, Marta Kolodziejczak, Ugo Tomasello, Joan Badia, Moritz Jacobshagen, Julien Prados, Alexandre Dayer
Neocortical microcircuits are built during development and require the coordinated assembly of excitatory glutamatergic projection neurons (PNs) into functional networks. Neuronal migration is an essential step in this process. In addition to cell-intrinsic mechanisms, external cues including neurotransmitters regulate cortical neuron migration, suggesting that early activity could influence this process. Here, we aimed to investigate the role of cell-intrinsic activity in migrating PNs in vivo using a designer receptor exclusively activated by a designer drug (DREADD) chemogenetic approach...
March 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329204/new-neuroscience-tools-that-are-identifying-the-sleep-wake-circuit
#17
Priyattam J Shiromani, John H Peever
The complexity of the brain is yielding to technology. In the area of sleep neurobiology, conventional neuroscience tools such as lesions, cell recordings, c-Fos, and axon-tracing methodologies have been instrumental in identifying the complex and intermingled populations of sleep- and arousal-promoting neurons that orchestrate and generate wakefulness, NREM, and REM sleep. In the last decade, new technologies such as optogenetics, chemogenetics and the CRISPR-Cas system have begun to transform how biologists understand the finer details associated with sleep-wake regulation...
March 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324647/metabolism-and-distribution-of-clozapine-n-oxide-implications-for-nonhuman-primate-chemogenetics
#18
Jessica Raper, J Scott Daniels, Ryan D Morrison, Leonard Howell, Jocelyne Bachevalier, Thomas Wichmann, Adriana Galvan
The use of Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) in neuroscience has rapidly expanded in rodent studies, but has lagged behind in nonhuman primate (NHP) experiments, slowing the development of this method for therapeutic use in humans. One reason for the slow adoption of DREADD technology in primates is that the pharmacokinetic properties and bioavailability of clozapine-n-oxide (CNO), the most commonly used ligand for human muscarinic (hM) DREADDs, are not fully described in primates...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321131/does-activation-of-midbrain-dopamine-neurons-promote-or-reduce-feeding
#19
L Boekhoudt, T J M Roelofs, J W de Jong, A E de Leeuw, M C M Luijendijk, I G Wolterink-Donselaar, G van der Plasse, R A H Adan
BACKGROUND: Dopamine (DA) signalling in the brain is necessary for feeding behaviour, and alterations in the DA system have been linked to obesity. However, the precise role of DA in the control of food intake remains debated. On the one hand, food reward and motivation are associated with enhanced DA activity. On the other hand, psychostimulant drugs that increase DA signalling suppress food intake. This poses the questions of how endogenous DA neuronal activity regulates feeding, and whether enhancing DA neuronal activity would either promote or reduce food intake...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317132/chemogenetic-versus-recombination-driven-manipulation-of-enteric-glia
#20
Werend Boesmans, Pieter Vanden Berghe
Gastrointestinal function depends on the integrated activity of neurons and glia of the enteric nervous system (ENS). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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