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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056655/age-related-changes-in-gustatory-homeostatic-reward-and-memory-processing-of-sweet-taste-in-the-metabolic-syndrome-an-fmri-study
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Aaron Jacobson, Erin Green, Lori Haase, Jacquelyn Szajer, Claire Murphy
Age affects the human taste system at peripheral and central levels. Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of risk factors (e.g., abdominal obesity and hypertension) that co-occur, increase with age, and heighten risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive decline. Little is known about how age, metabolic syndrome, and hunger state interact to influence how the brain processes information about taste. We investigated brain activation during the hedonic evaluation of a pleasant, nutritive stimulus (sucrose) within regions critical for taste, homeostatic energy regulation, and reward, as a function of the interactions among age, metabolic syndrome, and hunger condition...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028168/acute-exposure-to-worst-case-concentrations-of-amitraz-does-not-affect-honey-bee-learning-short-term-memory-or-hemolymph-octopamine-levels
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Rachel R Rix, G Christopher Cutler
Amitraz, an acaricide used to treat Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman, is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) hives. Acaricides sometimes negatively impact honey bee cognition, but potential effects of amitraz on honey bee learning have been rarely studied. We topically exposed foragers to 95th percentile field-relevant levels of amitraz and, 24 h later, tested the ability of bees to associate a sucrose reward with a conditioned odor (learning response) using the proboscis extension response (PER)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025973/lateral-habenula-involvement-in-impulsive-cocaine-seeking
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Agustin Zapata, Eun-Kyung Hwang, Carl R Lupica
The Lateral Habenula (LHb) is a brain structure receiving inputs from limbic forebrain areas and innervating major midbrain monoaminergic nuclei. Evidence indicates LHb involvement in sleep control, reward-based decision making, avoidance of punishment, and responses to stress. Additional work has established that the LHb mediates negative feedback in response to aversive events. Since a hallmark of drug addiction is the inability to limit drug use despite negative consequences, we hypothesize that LHb dysfunction may play a role in the lack of control over drug seeking...
December 27, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984049/disruptions-in-effort-based-decision-making-and-consummatory-behavior-following-antagonism-of-the-dopamine-d2-receptor
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Cindee F Robles, Alexander W Johnson
Dopamine is known to influence motivational processes, however the precise role of this neurotransmitter remains a contentious issue. In the current study we sought to further characterize dopamine signaling in reward-based decision-making and consummatory behavior in mice, via lateral ventricle infusion of the dopamine D2 receptor antagonist eticlopride. In Experiment 1, we examined effort-based decision-making, in which mice had a choice between one lever, where a single response led to the delivery of a low value reward (2% sucrose); and a second lever, which led to a higher value reward (20% sucrose) that gradually required more effort to obtain...
October 27, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977047/basolateral-amygdala-supports-the-maintenance-of-value-and-effortful-choice-of-a-preferred-option
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Evan E Hart, Alicia Izquierdo
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is known to be involved in appetitive behavior, yet its role in cost-benefit choice of qualitatively different rewards (more/less preferred), beyond magnitude differences (larger/smaller), is poorly understood. We assessed the effects of BLA inactivations on effortful choice behavior. Rats were implanted with cannulae in BLA and trained to stable lever pressing for sucrose pellets on a progressive ratio schedule. Rats were then introduced to a choice: chow was concurrently available while they could work for the preferred sucrose pellets...
December 14, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974611/activation-of-glutamatergic-fibers-in-the-anterior-nac-shell-modulates-reward-activity-in-the-anacsh-the-lateral-hypothalamus-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-transiently-stops-feeding
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Luis Prado, Jorge Luis-Islas, Osvaldo I Sandoval, Liliana Puron, Moreno M Gil, Alvaro Luna, Mario A Arias-García, Elvira Galarraga, Sidney A Simon, Ranier Gutierrez
: Although the release of mesoaccumbal dopamine is certainly involved in rewarding responses, recent studies point to the importance of the interaction between it and glutamate. One important component of this network is the anterior nucleus accumbens shell (aNAcSh), which sends GABAergic projections into the lateral hypothalamus (LH) and receives extensive glutamatergic inputs from, among others, the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). The effects of glutamatergic activation of aNAcSh on the ingestion of rewarding stimuli as well as its effect in the LH and mPFC are not well understood...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919319/chemogenetic-inhibition-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-reverses-the-effects-of-rem-sleep-loss-on-sucrose-consumption
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Kristopher McEown, Yohko Takata, Yoan Cherasse, Nanae Nagata, Kosuke Aritake, Michael Lazarus
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss is associated with increased consumption of weight-promoting foods. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is thought to mediate reward anticipation. However, the precise role of the PFC in mediating reward responses to highly palatable foods (HPF) after REM sleep deprivation is unclear. We selectively reduced REM sleep in mice over a 25-48 hr period and chemogenetically inhibited the medial PFC (mPFC) by using an altered glutamate-gated and ivermectin-gated chloride channel that facilitated neuronal inhibition through hyperpolarizing infected neurons...
December 6, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918270/interaction-of-inhibitory-and-facilitatory-effects-of-conditioning-trials-on-long-term-memory-formation
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Shouhei Hosono, Yukihisa Matsumoto, Makoto Mizunami
Animals learn through experience and consolidate the memories into long-time storage. Conditioning parameters to induce protein synthesis-dependent long-term memory (LTM) have been the subject of extensive studies in many animals. Here we found a case in which a conditioning trial inhibits or facilitates LTM formation depending on the intervals from preceding trials. We studied the effects of conditioning parameters on LTM formation in olfactory conditioning of maxillary-palpi extension response with sucrose reward in the cockroach Periplaneta americana We found, at first, that translation- and transcription-dependent LTM forms 1 h after training, the fastest so far reported in insects...
December 2016: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844094/attenuation-of-nicotine-taking-and-seeking-in-rats-by-the-stoichiometry-selective-alpha4beta2-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-positive-allosteric-modulator-ns9283
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John J Maurer, Karin Sandager-Nielsen, Heath D Schmidt
RATIONALE: The rewarding and reinforcing effects of nicotine are produced, in large part, by activation of neuronal α4β2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), pentameric protein complexes comprised of different stoichiometries of α4 and β2 subunits. However, little is known about the functional role of distinct subtypes of α4β2* nAChRs in nicotine addiction. OBJECTIVES: NS9283 represents a new class of stoichiometry-selective positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) that selectively bind to α4β2 nAChRs containing three α4 and two β2 subunits (3(α4)2(β2) nAChRs)...
November 14, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814928/mouse-strain-differences-in-punished-ethanol-self-administration
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Lindsay R Halladay, Adrina Kocharian, Andrew Holmes
Determining the neural factors contributing to compulsive behaviors such as alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) has become a significant focus of current preclinical research. Comparison of phenotypic differences across genetically distinct mouse strains provides one approach to identify molecular and genetic factors contributing to compulsive-like behaviors. Here we examine a rodent assay for punished ethanol self-administration in four widely used inbred strains known to differ on ethanol-related behaviors: C57BL/6J (B6), DBA/2J (D2), 129S1/SvImJ (S1), and BALB/cJ (BALB)...
October 18, 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801897/altered-structural-and-effective-connectivity-in-anorexia-and-bulimia-nervosa-in-circuits-that-regulate-energy-and-reward-homeostasis
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G K W Frank, M E Shott, J Riederer, T L Pryor
Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are severe eating disorders that share many behaviors. Structural and functional brain circuits could provide biological links that those disorders have in common. We recruited 77 young adult women, 26 healthy controls, 26 women with anorexia and 25 women with bulimia nervosa. Probabilistic tractography was used to map white matter connectivity strength across taste and food intake regulating brain circuits. An independent multisample greedy equivalence search algorithm tested effective connectivity between those regions during sucrose tasting...
November 1, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798138/a-gabaergic-projection-from-the-centromedial-nuclei-of-the-amygdala-to-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-modulates-reward-behavior
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Dong-Oh Seo, Samuel C Funderburk, Dionnet L Bhatti, Laura E Motard, Dillan Newbold, Kasey S Girven, Jordan G McCall, Michael Krashes, Dennis R Sparta, Michael R Bruchas
: The neural circuitry underlying mammalian reward behaviors involves several distinct nuclei throughout the brain. It is widely accepted that the midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons are critical for the reward-related behaviors. Recent studies have shown that the centromedial nucleus of the amygdala (CeMA) has a distinct role in regulating reward-related behaviors. However, the CeMA and ventromedial PFC (vmPFC) interaction in reward regulation remains poorly understood. Here, we identify and dissect a GABAergic projection that originates in the CeMA and terminates in the vmPFC (VGat-Cre(CeMA-vmPFC)) using viral-vector-mediated, cell-type-specific optogenetic techniques in mice...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777560/changes-in-the-influence-of-alcohol-paired-stimuli-on-alcohol-seeking-across-extended-training
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Laura H Corbit, Patricia H Janak
Previous work has demonstrated that goal-directed control of alcohol-seeking and other drug-related behaviors is reduced following extended self-administration and drug exposure. Here, we examined how the magnitude of stimulus influences on responding changes across similar training and drug exposure. Rats self-administered alcohol or sucrose for 2 or 8 weeks. Previous work has shown that 8 weeks, but not 2 weeks of self-administration produces habitual alcohol seeking. Next, all animals received equivalent Pavlovian conditioning sessions where a discrete stimulus predicted the delivery of alcohol or sucrose...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764142/hypoalgesia-induced-by-reward-devaluation-in-rats
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Ana María Jiménez-García, Leandro Ruíz-Leyva, Cruz Miguel Cendán, Carmen Torres, Mauricio R Papini, Ignacio Morón
Reduced sensitivity to physical pain (hypoalgesia) has been reported after events involving reward devaluation. Reward devaluation was implemented in a consummatory successive negative contrast (cSNC) task. Food-deprived Wistar rats had access to 32% sucrose during 16 sessions followed by access to 4% sucrose during 3 additional sessions. An unshifted control group had access to 4% sucrose throughout the 19 sessions. Pain sensitivity was measured using von Frey filaments (Experiment 1) and Hargreaves thermal stimuli (Experiment 2) in pretraining baseline, 5 min, and 300 min after either the first (session 17) or second (session 18) devaluation session in the cSNC situation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732892/decreasing-gaba-function-within-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-or-basolateral-amygdala-decreases-sociability
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Tracie A Paine, Nathan Swedlow, Lucien Swetschinski
INTRODUCTION: Decreased sociability is a symptom of psychiatric conditions including autism-spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Both of these conditions are associated with decreases in GABA function, particularly in the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA); structures that are components of the social brain. Here, we determined if decreasing GABA transmission within either the PFC or the BLA decreases social behavior. METHODS: Rats were implanted with cannulae aimed at either the medial PFC or the BLA and then were tested on up to 4 behavioral tests following bilateral infusions of 0...
January 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708101/unexpected-rewards-induce-dopamine-dependent-positive-emotion-like-state-changes-in-bumblebees
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Clint J Perry, Luigi Baciadonna, Lars Chittka
Whether invertebrates exhibit positive emotion-like states and what mechanisms underlie such states remain poorly understood. We demonstrate that bumblebees exhibit dopamine-dependent positive emotion-like states across behavioral contexts. After training with one rewarding and one unrewarding cue, bees that received pretest sucrose responded in a positive manner toward ambiguous cues. In a second experiment, pretest consumption of sucrose solution resulted in a shorter time to reinitiate foraging after a simulated predator attack...
September 30, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701408/enhanced-sensitivity-to-drugs-of-abuse-and-palatable-foods-following-maternal-overnutrition
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D Peleg-Raibstein, G Sarker, K Litwan, S D Krämer, S M Ametamey, R Schibli, C Wolfrum
Epidemiological studies have shown an association between maternal overnutrition and increased risk of the progeny for the development of obesity as well as psychiatric disorders. Animal studies have shown results regarding maternal high-fat diet (HFD) and a greater risk of the offspring to develop obesity. However, it still remains unknown whether maternal HFD can program the central reward system in such a way that it will imprint long-term changes that will predispose the offspring to addictive-like behaviors that may lead to obesity...
October 4, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650100/the-impact-of-a-junk-food-diet-during-development-on-wanting-and-liking
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Ellen Nacha Lesser, Aime Arroyo-Ramirez, Sarah Jingyi Mi, Mike James Ferrar Robinson
The global increase in obesity rates has been tied to the rise in junk-food availability and consumption. Increasingly, children are exposed to a junk-food diet during gestation and early development. Excessive consumption of junk-food during this period may negatively impact the development of brain motivation and reward pathways. In this study we investigated the effects of a chronic junk-food diet throughout development on cue-motivated behavior ('wanting'), hedonic 'liking' for sweet tastes, as well as anxiety and weight gain in male and female Long-Evans (LE) and Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats...
September 17, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581883/olfactory-experience-shapes-the-evaluation-of-odour-similarity-in-ants-a-behavioural-and-computational-analysis
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Margot Perez, Thomas Nowotny, Patrizia d'Ettorre, Martin Giurfa
Perceptual similarity between stimuli is often assessed via generalization, the response to stimuli that are similar to the one which was previously conditioned. Although conditioning procedures are variable, studies on how this variation may affect perceptual similarity remain scarce. Here, we use a combination of behavioural and computational analyses to investigate the influence of olfactory conditioning procedures on odour generalization in ants. Insects were trained following either absolute conditioning, in which a single odour (an aldehyde) was rewarded with sucrose, or differential conditioning, in which one odour (the same aldehyde) was similarly rewarded and another odour (an aldehyde differing in carbon-chain length) was punished with quinine...
August 31, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27573375/the-nicotinic-%C3%AE-6-subunit-selective-antagonist-bpidi-reduces-alcohol-self-administration-in-alcohol-preferring-rats
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Jirawoot Srisontiyakul, Hanna E Kastman, Elena V Krstew, Piyarat Govitrapong, Andrew J Lawrence
Cigarettes and alcohol are the most abused substances in the world and are commonly co-abused. Nicotine primarily acts in the brain on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR), which are also a target for alcohol. The alpha6 subunit of nAChR is expressed almost exclusively in the brain reward system and may modulate the rewarding properties of alcohol and nicotine. Recently, N,N-decane-1,10-diyl-bis-3-picolinium diiodide (bPiDI) was synthesized as a selective, brain penetrant α6 subunit antagonist that reduces nicotine self-administration...
December 2016: Neurochemical Research
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