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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29883731/a-voxel-based-analysis-of-neurobiological-mechanisms-in-placebo-analgesia-in-rats
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Ying Zeng, Di Hu, Wei Yang, Emi Hayashinaka, Yasuhiro Wada, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Qunli Zeng, Yilong Cui
Placebo analgesia is the beneficial effect that follows despite a pharmacologically inert treatment. Modern neuroimaging studies in humans have delineated the hierarchical brain regions involved in placebo analgesia. However, because of the lack of proper approaches to perform molecular and cellular manipulations, the detailed molecular processes behind it have not been clarified. To address this issue, we developed an animal model of placebo analgesia in rats and analyzed the placebo analgesia related brain activity using small-animal neuroimaging method...
June 5, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29867366/neuronal-activation-in-the-periaqueductal-gray-matter-upon-electrical-stimulation-of-the-bladder
#2
Céline Meriaux, Ramona Hohnen, Sandra Schipper, Aryo Zare, Ali Jahanshahi, Lori A Birder, Yasin Temel, Gommert A van Koeveringe
Reflexes, that involve the spinobulbospinal pathway control both storage and voiding of urine. The periaqueductal gray matter (PAG), a pontine structure is part of the micturition pathway. Alteration in this pathway could lead to micturition disorders and urinary incontinence, such as the overactive bladder symptom complex (OABS). Although different therapeutic options exist for the management of OABS, these are either not effective in all patients. Part of the pathology of OABS is faulty sensory signaling about the filling status of the urinary bladder, which results in aberrant efferent signaling leading to overt detrusor contractions and the sensation of urgency and frequent voiding...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29804231/the-role-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-matter-in-lower-urinary-tract-function
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Aryo Zare, Ali Jahanshahi, Mohammad-Sajjad Rahnama'i, Sandra Schipper, Gommert A van Koeveringe
The periaqueductal gray matter (PAG), as one of the mostly preserved evolutionary components of the brain, is an axial structure modulating various important functions of the organism, including autonomic, behavioral, pain, and micturition control. It has a critical role in urinary bladder physiology, with respect to storage and voiding of urine. The PAG has a columnar composition and has extensive connections with its cranially and caudally located components of the central nervous system (CNS). The PAG serves as the control tower of the detrusor and sphincter contractions...
May 26, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772343/brain-stimulation-differentially-modulates-nociception-and-inflammation-in-aversive-and-non-aversive-behavioral-conditions
#4
G S Bassi, A Kanashiro, G J Rodrigues, F Q Cunha, N C Coimbra, L Ulloa
Inflammation and pain are major clinical burdens contributing to multiple disorders and limiting the quality of life of patients. We previously reported that brain electrical stimulation can attenuate joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. Here, we report that non-aversive electrical stimulation of the locus coeruleus (LC), the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) or the ventrolateral column of the periaqueductal gray matter (vlPAG) decreases thermal pain sensitivity, knee inflammation and synovial neutrophilic infiltration in rats with intra-articular zymosan...
May 18, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765307/a-novel-integrative-mechanism-in-anxiolytic-behavior-induced-by-galanin-2-neuropeptide-y-y1-receptor-interactions-on-medial-paracapsular-intercalated-amygdala-in-rats
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Manuel Narváez, Dasiel O Borroto-Escuela, Luis Santín, Carmelo Millón, Belén Gago, Antonio Flores-Burgess, Miguel A Barbancho, Miguel Pérez de la Mora, José Narváez, Zaida Díaz-Cabiale, Kjell Fuxe
Anxiety is evoked by a threatening situation and display adaptive or defensive behaviors, found similarly in animals and humans. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) Y1 receptor (NPYY1R) and Galanin (GAL) receptor 2 (GALR2) interact in several regions of the limbic system, including the amygdala. In a previous study, GALR2 enhanced NPYY1R mediated anxiolytic actions on spatiotemporal parameters in the open field and elevated plus maze, involving the formation of GALR2/NPYY1R heteroreceptor complexes in the amygdala. Moreover, the inclusion of complementary ethological parameters provides a more comprehensive profile on the anxiolytic effects of a treatment...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681797/electroacupuncture-potentiates-cannabinoid-receptor-mediated-descending-inhibitory-control-in-a-mouse-model-of-knee-osteoarthritis
#6
Xiao-Cui Yuan, Bing Zhu, Xiang-Hong Jing, Li-Ze Xiong, Cai-Hua Wu, Fang Gao, Hong-Ping Li, Hong-Chun Xiang, He Zhu, Bin Zhou, Wei He, Chuan-You Lin, Hui-Lin Pan, Qiang Wang, Man Li
Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a highly prevalent, chronic joint disorder, which can lead to chronic pain. Although electroacupuncture (EA) is effective in relieving chronic pain in the clinic, the involved mechanisms remain unclear. Reduced diffuse noxius inhibitory controls (DNIC) function is associated with chronic pain and may be related to the action of endocannabinoids. In the present study, we determined whether EA may potentiate cannabinoid receptor-mediated descending inhibitory control and inhibit chronic pain in a mouse model of KOA...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679881/ventrolateral-orbital-cortex-oxytocin-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-through-periaqueductal-gray-opioid-receptor
#7
Mina Taati, Esmaeal Tamaddonfard
BACKGROUND: Oxytocin plays an important role in supraspinal modulation of pain. In the present study, we investigated the effects of ventrolateral orbital cortex (VLOC) microinjection of oxytocin on neuropathic pain after blockade of opioid receptors in this area and ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG). METHODS: Neuropathic pain was induced by complete transcection of preoneal and tibial branches of sciatic nerve. The VLOC and vlPAG were unilaterally (contralateral to the sciatic nerve-injured side) and bilaterally implanted with guide cannulas, respectively...
June 2018: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29515373/activation-of-astrocytes-and-microglial-cells-and-ccl2-ccr2-upregulation-in-the-dorsolateral-and-ventrolateral-nuclei-of-periaqueductal-gray-and-rostral-ventromedial-medulla-following-different-types-of-sciatic-nerve-injury
#8
Petr Dubový, Ilona Klusáková, Ivana Hradilová-Svíženská, Marek Joukal, Pere Boadas-Vaello
Peripheral nerve injuries (PNIs) may result in cellular and molecular changes in supraspinal structures possibly involved in neuropathic pain (NPP) maintenance. Activated glial cells in specific supraspinal subregions may affect the facilitatory role of descending pathways. Sterile chronic compression injury (sCCI) and complete sciatic nerve transection (CSNT) in rats were used as NPP models to study the activation of glial cells in the subregions of periaqueductal gray (PAG) and rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM)...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398355/prefrontal-periaqueductal-gray-projecting-neurons-mediate-context-fear-discrimination
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Robert R Rozeske, Daniel Jercog, Nikolaos Karalis, Fabrice Chaudun, Suzana Khoder, Delphine Girard, Nânci Winke, Cyril Herry
Survival critically depends on selecting appropriate defensive or exploratory behaviors and is strongly influenced by the surrounding environment. Contextual discrimination is a fundamental process that is thought to depend on the prefrontal cortex to integrate sensory information from the environment and regulate adaptive responses to threat during uncertainty. However, the precise prefrontal circuits necessary for discriminating a previously threatening context from a neutral context remain unknown. Using a combination of single-unit recordings and optogenetic manipulations, we identified a neuronal subpopulation in the dorsal medial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) that projects to the lateral and ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (l/vlPAG) and is selectively activated during contextual fear discrimination...
February 21, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29379359/effects-of-panax-ginseng-on-the-nerve-growth-factor-expression-in-testosterone-induced-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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Su Kang Kim, Il GyuKo, Hae Jeong Park, Joo-Ho Chung, Kyu Bong Cho, Oh Young Kwon, Kyeong Hun Park, Young Sub Ahn, Chun Geon Park, Young Ock Kim
The prostatic hyperplasia in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) leads to obstructive micturition symptoms. Previous studies showed that pontine micturition center (PMC), ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG), and medial preopticnucleus (MPA) regions in the brain have been known to regulate the urinary bladder function. The present study shows the influences of Panax ginseng on nerve growth factor (NGF) expressions in PMC, vlPAG, and MPA regions in the brain. Wistar rats were used for the present study. The rats split into four groups; 4 groups ( n  = 6) in control group, BPH-induced group, BPH-induced and P...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367602/regulation-of-rem-and-non-rem-sleep-by-periaqueductal-gabaergic-neurons
#11
Franz Weber, Johnny Phong Hoang Do, Shinjae Chung, Kevin T Beier, Mike Bikov, Mohammad Saffari Doost, Yang Dan
Mammalian sleep consists of distinct rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM (NREM) states. The midbrain region ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) is known to be important for gating REM sleep, but the underlying neuronal mechanism is not well understood. Here, we show that activating vlPAG GABAergic neurons in mice suppresses the initiation and maintenance of REM sleep while consolidating NREM sleep, partly through their projection to the dorsolateral pons. Cell-type-specific recording and calcium imaging reveal that most vlPAG GABAergic neurons are strongly suppressed at REM sleep onset and activated at its termination...
January 24, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209161/electroacupuncture-attenuates-visceral-hypersensitivity-by-inhibiting-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathway-in-the-descending-pain-modulation-system
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Juan Wan, Yi Ding, Adnan H Tahir, Manoj K Shah, Habibullah Janyaro, Xiaojing Li, Juming Zhong, Vitaly Vodyanoy, Mingxing Ding
Electroacupuncture (EA) has been used for treating visceral hypersensitivity (VH). However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. This study was aim to testify the effect of EA on ileitis-provoked VH, and to confirm whether EA attenuates VH through Janus kinase 2 (JAK2)/signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling pathway in the periaqueductal gray (PAG)-the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM)-the spinal cord dorsal horn (SCDH) axis. Methods: Goats were anesthetized and laparotomized for injecting 2,4,6-trinitro-benzene-sulfonic acid (TNBS)-ethanol solution (30mg TNBS dissolved in 40% ethanol) into the ileal wall to induce VH...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175957/brainstem-pain-control-circuitry-connectivity-in-chronic-neuropathic-pain
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Emily P Mills, Flavia Di Pietro, Zeynab Alshelh, Chris C Peck, Greg M Murray, E Russell Vickers, Luke A Henderson
Preclinical investigations have suggested that altered functioning of brainstem pain-modulation circuits may be crucial for the maintenance of some chronic pain conditions. While some human psychophysical studies show that patients with chronic pain display altered pain-modulation efficacy, it remains unknown whether brainstem pain-modulation circuits are altered in individuals with chronic pain. The aim of the present investigation was to determine whether, in humans, chronic pain following nerve injury is associated with altered ongoing functioning of the brainstem descending modulation systems...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157077/how-does-early-maternal-separation-and-chronic-stress-in-adult-rats-affect-the-immunoreactivity-of-serotonergic-neurons-within-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
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Antonella Pollano, Verónica Trujillo, Marta M Suárez
Vulnerability to emotional disorders like depression derives from interactions between early and late environments, including stressful conditions. The serotonin (5HT) system is strongly affected by stress and chronic unpredictable stress can alter the 5HT system. We evaluated the distribution of active serotonergic neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DR) through immunohistochemistry in maternally separated and chronically stressed rats treated with an antidepressant, tianeptine, whose mechanism of action is still under review...
January 2018: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083203/brief-optogenetic-inhibition-of-rat-lateral-or-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray-augments-the-acquisition-of-pavlovian-fear-conditioning
#15
Neda Assareh, Elena E Bagley, Pascal Carrive, Gavan P McNally
The midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) coordinates the expression and topography of defensive behaviors to threat and also plays an important role in Pavlovian fear learning itself. Whereas the role of PAG in the expression of defensive behavior is well understood, the relationship between the activity of PAG neurons and fear learning, the exact timing of PAG contributions to learning during the conditioning trial, and the contributions of different PAG columns to fear learning are poorly understood. We assessed the effects of optogenetic inhibition of lateral (LPAG) and ventrolateral PAG (VLPAG) neurons on fear learning...
December 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954467/afferent-pathway-mediated-effect-of-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-antagonist-tamsulosin-on-the-neurogenic-bladder-after-spinal-cord-injury
#16
Jin-Hee Han, Sung-Eun Kim, Il-Gyu Ko, Jayoung Kim, Khae Hawn Kim
PURPOSE: The functions of the lower urinary tract (LUT), such as voiding and storing urine, are dependent on complex central neural networks located in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral ganglia. Thus, the functions of the LUT are susceptible to various neurologic disorders including spinal cord injury (SCI). SCI at the cervical or thoracic levels disrupts voluntary control of voiding and the normal reflex pathways coordinating bladder and sphincter functions. In this context, it is noteworthy that α1-adrenoceptor blockers have been reported to relieve voiding symptoms and storage symptoms in elderly men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)...
September 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853438/periaqueductal-gray-glutamatergic-transmission-governs-chronic-stress-induced-depression
#17
Yu-Cheng Ho, Tzer-Bin Lin, Ming-Chun Hsieh, Cheng-Yuan Lai, Dylan Chou, Yat-Pang Chau, Gin-Den Chen, Hsien-Yu Peng
The mechanisms underlying chronic stress-induced dysfunction of glutamatergic transmission that contribute to helplessness-associated depressive disorder are unknown. We investigated the relationship of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors and stress, and the neuroplastic changes of stress-induced depression-like behavior in the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG). We conducted whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings in the vlPAG neurons. Depression-like behavior was assayed using tail suspension test and sucrose preference test...
August 30, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851568/angiotensin-at1-receptors-modulate-the-anxiogenic-effects-of-angiotensin-5-8-injected-into-the-rat-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray
#18
Karina Genaro, Débora Fabris, Helene A Fachim, Wiliam A Prado
Losartan and PD 123,319 are non-peptide angiotensin (Ang) receptor antagonists for the AT1 and AT2 subtypes of Ang II receptors, respectively. The tetrapeptide Ang (5-8) is the smallest Ang-peptide that elicits anxiogenic effects on unconditioned and conditioned experimental models upon injection into the ventrolateral column of the periaqueductal gray (vlPAG), and Ang (5-8) can be synthesized (from Ang II or Ang III) and inactivated in this mesencephalic structure. The vlPAG is also known to play a central role in mechanisms of fear and anxiety...
August 26, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817416/nicotinic-modulation-of-descending-pain-control-circuitry
#19
Iboro C Umana, Claire A Daniele, Brooke A Miller, Chandrika Abburi, Keith Gallagher, Meghan A Brown, Peggy Mason, Daniel S McGehee
Along with the well-known rewarding effects, activation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) can also relieve pain, and some nicotinic agonists have analgesic efficacy similar to opioids. A major target of analgesic drugs is the descending pain modulatory pathway, including the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) and the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM). Although activating nAChRs within this circuitry can be analgesic, little is known about the subunit composition and cellular effects of these receptors, particularly within the vlPAG...
October 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716712/effects-of-chemogenetic-excitation-or-inhibition-of-the-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray-on-the-acquisition-and-extinction-of-pavlovian-fear-conditioning
#20
Carolyn Arico, Elena E Bagley, Pascal Carrive, Neda Assareh, Gavan P McNally
The midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) has been implicated in the generation and transmission of a prediction error signal that instructs amygdala-based fear and extinction learning. However, the PAG also plays a key role in the expression of conditioned fear responses. The evidence for a role of the PAG in fear learning and extinction learning has been obtained almost exclusively using PAG-dependent fear responses. It is less clear whether the PAG regulates fear learning when other measures of learned fear are used...
July 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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