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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663595/adult-neurogenesis-affects-motivation-to-obtain-weak-but-not-strong-reward-in-operant-tasks
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Rose-Marie Karlsson, Alice S Wang, Anup N Sonti, Heather A Cameron
Decreased motivation to seek rewards is a key feature of mood disorders that correlates with severity and treatment outcome. This anhedonia, or apathy, likely reflects impairment in reward circuitry, but the specific neuronal populations controlling motivation are unclear. Granule neurons generated in the adult hippocampus have been implicated in mood disorders, but are not generally considered as part of reward circuits. We investigated a possible role of these new neurons in motivation to work for food and sucrose rewards in operant conditioning tasks using GFAP-TK pharmacogenetic ablation of adult neurogenesis in both rats and mice...
April 16, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655598/individual-differences-in-the-energizing-effects-of-caffeine-on-effort-based-decision-making-tests-in-rats
#2
Noemí SanMiguel, Marta Pardo, Carla Carratalá-Ros, Laura López-Cruz, John D Salamone, Mercè Correa
Motivated behavior is characterized by activation and high work output. Nucleus accumbens (Nacb) modulates behavioral activation and effort-based decision-making. Caffeine is widely consumed because of its energizing properties. This methylxanthine is a non-selective adenosine A1 /A2A receptor antagonist. Adenosine receptors are highly concentrated in Nacb. Adenosine agonists injected into Nacb, shift preference towards low effort alternatives. The present studies characterized effort-related effects of caffeine in a concurrent progressive ratio (PROG)/free reinforcer choice procedure that requires high levels of work output, and generates great variability among different animals...
April 12, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29604294/the-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-or-bupropion-on-methamphetamine-self-administration-and-methamphetamine-triggered-reinstatement-of-female-rats
#3
Sergios Charntikov, Steven T Pittenger, Cindy M Pudiak, Rick A Bevins
N-acetylcysteine and bupropion are two promising candidate medications for treatment of substance use disorder. The effects of N-acetylcysteine or bupropion on methamphetamine self-administration of female rats are not well understood. To fill this gap, this study assessed the effects of N-acetylcysteine (0, 30, 60, or 120 mg/kg) and bupropion (0, 10, 30, and 60 mg/kg) on methamphetamine self-administration of female rats across the natural estrous cycle. Following a completed dose-response curve, responding for methamphetamine self-administration was extinguished and the effects of N-acetylcysteine or bupropion on methamphetamine-triggered reinstatement was evaluated in separate experiments...
March 28, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29590554/lateral-septum-growth-hormone-secretagogue-receptor-affects-food-intake-and-motivation-for-sucrose-reinforcement
#4
Sarah J Terrill, Kaylee D Wall, Nelson D Medina, Calyn B Maske, Diana L Williams
The hormone ghrelin promotes eating and is widely considered to be a hunger signal. Ghrelin receptors, growth hormone secretagogue receptors (GHSRs), are found in a number of specific regions throughout the brain, including the lateral septum (LS), an area not traditionally associated with the control of feeding. Here we investigated whether GHSRs in the LS play a role in the control of food intake. We examined the feeding effects of ghrelin and the GHSR antagonists ([D-Lys3]-GHRP-6 and JMV 2959), at doses subthreshold for effect when delivered to the lateral ventricle...
March 28, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29570114/fatty-acid-binding-proteins-5-and-7-gene-deletion-increases-sucrose-consumption-and-diminishes-forced-swim-immobility-time
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John Hamilton, Christopher Koumas, Brendan H Clavin, Matthew Marion, Antonio Figueiredo, Steve Gonzalez, Joseph R O'Rourke, Dale Deutsch, Martin Kaczocha, Samir Haj-Dahmane, Panayotis K Thanos
Inhibition and genetic deletion of fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) 5 and 7 have been shown to increase the levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide as well as the related N-acylethanolamine's palmitoylethanolamide and oleoylethanolamide. This study examined the role of these FABPs on forced-swim (FS) behavior and on sucrose consumption in two experiments: (experiment 1) using wild-type (WT) mice treated with the FABP inhibitor SBFI26 or vehicle and (experiment 2) using WT and FABP5/7 deficient mice. Results from experiment 1 showed that acute treatment with SBFI26 did not have any effect on sucrose intake or FS behavior in mice...
March 21, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29568676/maternal-separation-affects-expression-of-stress-response-genes-and-increases-vulnerability-to-ethanol-consumption
#6
Taciani de Almeida Magalhães, Diego Correia, Luana Martins de Carvalho, Samara Damasceno, Ana Lúcia Brunialti Godard
Introduction: Maternal separation is an early life stress event associated with behavioral alterations and ethanol consumption. We aimed to expand the current understanding on the molecular mechanisms mediating the impact of postnatal stress on ethanol consumption. Methods: In the first experiment (T1), some of the pups were separated from their mothers for 6 hr daily (Maternal Separation group - MS), whereas the other pups remained in the cage with their respective mothers (Control group - C)...
January 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29546241/mhc-class-i-in-dopaminergic-neurons-suppresses-relapse-to-reward-seeking
#7
Gen Murakami, Mitsuhiro Edamura, Tomonori Furukawa, Hideya Kawasaki, Isao Kosugi, Atsuo Fukuda, Toshihide Iwashita, Daiichiro Nakahara
Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) is an important immune protein that is expressed in various brain regions, with its deficiency leading to extensive synaptic transmission that results in learning and memory deficits. Although MHCI is highly expressed in dopaminergic neurons, its role in these neurons has not been examined. We show that MHCI expressed in dopaminergic neurons plays a key role in suppressing reward-seeking behavior. In wild-type mice, cocaine self-administration caused persistent reduction of MHCI specifically in dopaminergic neurons, which was accompanied by enhanced glutamatergic synaptic transmission and relapse to cocaine seeking...
March 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29533738/intragastric-nutrient-infusion-reduces-motivation-for-food-in-male-and-female-rats
#8
Calyn B Maske, Gregory C Loney, Nicole Lilly, Sarah J Terrill, Diana L Williams
The idea that gut-derived satiation signals influence food reward has recently gained traction, but this hypothesis is largely based on studies focused on neural circuitry, not the peripherally released signals. Here, we directly tested the hypothesis that intragastric (IG) nutrient infusion can suppress motivation for food. In a series of experiments, IG sucrose infusion (15 kcal) significantly and reliably reduced operant responding for a sucrose reward on a progressive ratio (PR) schedule. Moreover, food deprivation for 24 h before the test session did not prevent the suppressive effect of nutrients...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29515353/intra-accumbens-raclopride-administration-prevents-behavioral-changes-induced-by-intermittent-access-to-sucrose-solution
#9
Josué O Suárez-Ortiz, Felipe Cortés-Salazar, Ariadna L Malagón-Carrillo, Verónica E López-Alonso, Juan M Mancilla-Díaz, Juan G Tejas-Juárez, Rodrigo E Escartín-Pérez
Overeating is one of the most relevant clinical features in Binge Eating Disorder and in some obesity patients. According to several studies, alterations in the mesolimbic dopaminergic transmission produced by non-homeostatic feeding behavior may be associated with changes in the reward system similar to those produced by drugs of abuse. Although it is known that binge-eating is related with changes in dopaminergic transmission mediated by D2 receptors in the nucleus accumbens shell (NAcS), it has not been determined whether these receptors may be a potential target for the treatment of eating pathology with binge-eating...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29487370/unlimited-sucrose-consumption-during-adolescence-generates-a-depressive-like-phenotype-in-adulthood
#10
Aliou B Gueye, Leandro F Vendruscolo, Camila de Ávila, Catherine Le Moine, Muriel Darnaudéry, Martine Cador
Depression is highly prevalent worldwide, but its etiology is not fully understood. An overlooked possible contributor to the epidemic of depression is feeding styles, particularly at early age when the brain is intensely changing. We have previously reported that unlimited sucrose consumption during adolescence leads to enduring changes in brain reward function. Here, we tested the hypothesis that sucrose consumption during adolescence would lead to a 'depressive-like' phenotype. Adolescent male rats were given unlimited access to 5% sucrose in their home cages from postnatal day 30 to postnatal day 46 and their emotional behavior was subsequently examined at adulthood...
February 27, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474958/cognitive-emotional-and-social-phenotyping-of-mice-in-an-observer-independent-setting
#11
Ekrem Dere, Anja Ronnenberg, Björn Tampe, Sahab Arinrad, Manuela Schmidt, Elisabeth Zeisberg, Hannelore Ehrenreich
Based on the intellicage paradigm, we have developed a novel cognitive, emotional and social phenotyping battery that permits comprehensive standardized behavioral characterization of mice in an experimenter-independent social setting. Evaluation of this battery in a large number of male and female C57BL/6 wildtype mice, tested in >20 independent cohorts, revealed high reproducibility of the behavioral readouts and may serve as future reference tool. We noticed robust sex-specific differences in general activity, cognitive and emotional behavior, but not regarding preference for social pheromones...
February 20, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29464752/voluntary-wheel-running-attenuates-urinary-bladder-hypersensitivity-and-dysfunction-following-neonatal-maternal-separation-in-female-mice
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Angela N Pierce, Olivia C Eller-Smith, Julie A Christianson
AIMS: Patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) commonly suffer from widespread pain and mood disorder, which has been attributed to improper functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Voluntary exercise has been shown to improve HPA axis function, therefore we are determining whether voluntary wheel running can attenuate urological pain and dysfunction following neonatal maternal separation (NMS) in female mice. METHODS: Mice underwent NMS for 3 h/day from postnatal Day 1-21, were caged with free access to running wheels at 4 weeks of age, and assessed 4 weeks later for bladder sensitivity, micturition, reward behavior, mast cell degranulation, and HPA axis-related in vitro analysis...
February 21, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454084/augmented-voluntary-consumption-of-ethanol-induced-by-reward-downshift-increases-locomotor-activity-of-male-wistar-rats-in-the-elevated-plus-maze
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Rocio Donaire, Shannon E Conrad, Joanna B Thompson, Mauricio R Papini, Carmen Torres
Rats exposed to unexpected reward loss increase voluntary oral consumption of ethanol. Such consumption has been assumed to attenuate loss-induced negative affect (called emotional self-medication). To test this assumption, food-deprived male Wistar rats were exposed to 10 sessions of access to 32% sucrose followed by 5 sessions of access to 4% sucrose (reward downshift). A two-bottle preference test was initiated immediately after each consummatory session to assess ethanol intake. The experimental group received access to 2% ethanol and water, whereas the control group received access to two water bottles...
February 14, 2018: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452828/glutamatergic-ventral-pallidal-neurons-modulate-activity-of-the-habenula-tegmental-circuitry-and-constrain-reward-seeking
#14
Jessica Tooley, Lauren Marconi, Jason Bondoc Alipio, Bridget Matikainen-Ankney, Polymnia Georgiou, Alexxai V Kravitz, Meaghan C Creed
BACKGROUND: The ability to appropriately integrate and respond to rewarding and aversive stimuli is essential for survival. The ventral pallidum (VP) plays a critical role in processing both rewarding and aversive stimuli. However, the VP is a heterogeneous structure, and how VP subpopulations integrate into larger reward networks to ultimately modulate these behaviors is not known. We identify a noncanonical population of glutamatergic VP neurons that play a unique role in responding to aversive stimuli and constraining inappropriate reward seeking...
January 12, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427080/amphetamine-primes-enhanced-motivation-toward-uncertain-choices-in-rats-with-genetic-alcohol-preference
#15
Ville Oinio, Mikko Sundström, Pia Bäckström, Johanna Uhari-Väänänen, Kalervo Kiianmaa, Atso Raasmaja, Petteri Piepponen
RATIONALE: Comorbidity with gambling disorder (GD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD) is well documented. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to examine the influence of genetic alcohol drinking tendency on reward-guided decision making behavior of rats and the impact of dopamine releaser D-amphetamine on this behavior. METHODS: In this study, Alko alcohol (AA) and Wistar rats went through long periods of operant lever pressing training where the task was to choose the profitable of two options...
February 9, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402923/handling-method-alters-the-hedonic-value-of-reward-in-laboratory-mice
#16
Jasmine M Clarkson, Dominic M Dwyer, Paul A Flecknell, Matthew C Leach, Candy Rowe
Mice are the most widely used model species for drug discovery and scientific research. Consequently, it is important to refine laboratory procedures and practices to ensure high standards of welfare and scientific data quality. Recent studies have identified that the standard practice of handling laboratory mice by their tails increases behaviours indicative of anxiety, which can be overcome by handling mice using a tunnel. However, despite clear negative effects on mice's behaviour, tunnel handling has yet to be widely implemented...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355692/pregabalin-induces-conditioned-place-preference-in-the-rat-during-the-early-but-not-late-stage-of-neuropathic-pain
#17
Yuta Asaoka, Takahiro Kato, Soichiro Ide, Taiju Amano, Masabumi Minami
The present study aimed to examine the rewarding effects of pain relief during the early and late stages of neuropathic pain using a conditioned place preference (CPP) test. Animal models of neuropathic pain were prepared by spinal nerve ligation in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Intraperitoneal and intrathecal injections of pregabalin (300 mg/kg and 100 μg/10 μL, respectively) suppressed allodynia in the von Frey test both 2 weeks (early stage) and 4 weeks (late stage) after nerve injury. Intraperitoneal and intrathecal injections of pregabalin induced CPP during the early stage of neuropathic pain, suggesting that the CPP test serves as an objective and quantifiable behavioral assay to assess the emotional aspect of pain relief...
March 6, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349037/family-history-of-alcoholism-and-the-human-brain-response-to-oral-sucrose
#18
William J A Eiler, Mario Dzemidzic, Christina M Soeurt, Claire R Carron, Brandon G Oberlin, Robert V Considine, Jaroslaw Harezlak, David A Kareken
A heightened hedonic response to sweet tastes has been associated with increased alcohol preference and alcohol consumption in both humans and animals. The principal goal of this study was to examine blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) activation to high- and low-concentration sweet solutions in subjects who are either positive (FHP) or negative (FHN) for a family history of alcoholism. Seventy-four non-treatment seeking, community-recruited, healthy volunteers (22.8 ± 1.6 SD years; 43% men) rated a range of sucrose concentrations in a taste test and underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during oral delivery of water, 0...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273854/imidacloprid-slows-the-development-of-preference-for-rewarding-food-sources-in-bumblebees-bombus-impatiens
#19
Jordan D Phelps, Caroline G Strang, Malgorzata Gbylik-Sikorska, Tomasz Sniegocki, Andrzej Posyniak, David F Sherry
Bee pollination is economically and ecologically vital and recent declines in bee populations are therefore a concern. One possible cause of bee declines is pesticide use. Bumblebees exposed to imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide, have been shown to be less efficient foragers and collect less pollen on foraging trips than unexposed bees. We investigated whether bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) chronically exposed to imidacloprid at field-realistic levels of 2.6 and 10 ppb showed learning deficits that could affect foraging...
March 2018: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239088/quantitative-evaluation-of-cue-induced-reinstatement-model-for-evidence-based-experimental-optimization
#20
Julia Oberhofer, Hamid R Noori
Cue-induced reinstatement is a widely used model for investigating relapse of reward-seeking behavior with high face validity in relation to clinical observations. Yet, face validity is not sufficient to evaluate an animal model, and quantitative, evidence-based analysis is required to estimate the ultimate applicability of this paradigm. Furthermore, such analysis would allow an accurate and reproducible design of future experiments. Here, we conducted meta-analysis and cluster analysis to characterize the impact of cue type (visual, auditory, olfactory or combinations thereof), intensity (e...
December 14, 2017: Addiction Biology
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