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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711378/subjective-perception-of-cocaine-reward-in-mice-assessed-by-a-single-exposure-place-preference-sepp-paradigm
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Annika H Runegaard, Kathrine Louise Jensen, Ditte Dencker, Gitta Wörtwein, Ulrik Gether
BACKGROUND: The potential of abused drugs to induce addiction and compulsive drug-related behavior is associated with their ability to alter dopamine signaling. Dopamine plays a key role in reward signaling and it has been of great interest to investigate how various drugs of abuse alter reward-related behavior. COMPARISON WITH EXISTING METHODS: In rodents, the rewarding effects of drugs have often been assessed in self-administration or place preference paradigms; both involving repeated drug exposure and weeks of training and testing...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692418/contribution-of-genetic-polymorphisms-and-haplotypes-in-drd2-bdnf-and-opioid-receptors-to-heroin-dependence-and-endophenotypes-among-the-han-chinese
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Xuan Gao, Youxin Wang, Minglin Lang, Li Yuan, Albert Stuart Reece, Wei Wang
Heroin and drug dependence are major contributors to global health burden worldwide, but their underlying mechanisms remain elusive and may vary from population to population. Reward- and memory-related candidate genes dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), as well as the opioid receptor genes (OPRM1, OPRD1, and OPRK1), have been implicated in drug dependence, but relatively little is known on their contributions to heroin dependence in populations worldwide. Hence, we evaluated the contributions of the above five candidate genes in heroin dependence and several important related endophenotypes (the onset age of heroin use and subjective response to first heroin use), at single single-nucleotide polymorphism as well as haplotype levels, in a Han Chinese population sample...
July 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681931/assessments-of-plasma-ghrelin-levels-in-the-early-stages-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Ning Song, Weiwei Wang, Fengjv Jia, Xixun Du, Anmu Xie, Qing He, Xiaoli Shen, Jing Zhang, Jack T Rogers, Junxia Xie, Hong Jiang
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal symptoms are early events in Parkinson's disease (PD). The gastrointestinal hormone ghrelin was neuroprotective in the nigrostriatal dopamine system. The objective of this study was to assess ghrelin levels in the early stages of PD. METHODS: Plasma was collected in the fasting state in 291 PD patients in stages 1-3 and 303 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Additional samples were taken in the glucose response test to assess nutrition-related ghrelin levels in 20 PD patients and 20 healthy controls...
July 6, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660243/effects-of-selective-deletion-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-from-kisspeptin-cells-on-puberty-and-reproduction-in-male-and-female-mice
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Shannon B Z Stephens, Melvin L Rouse, Kristen P Tolson, Reanna B Liaw, Ruby A Parra, Navi Chahal, Alexander S Kauffman
The neuropeptide kisspeptin, encoded by Kiss1, regulates reproduction by stimulating GnRH secretion. Kiss1-syntheizing neurons reside primarily in the hypothalamic anteroventral periventricular (AVPV/PeN) and arcuate (ARC) nuclei. AVPV/PeN Kiss1 neurons are sexually dimorphic, with females expressing more Kiss1 than males, and participate in estradiol (E2)-induced positive feedback control of GnRH secretion. In mice, most AVPV/PeN Kiss1 cells coexpress tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), the rate-limiting enzyme in catecholamine synthesis (in this case, dopamine)...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645192/frequent-sexual-activity-predicts-specific-cognitive-abilities-in-older-adults
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Hayley Wright, Rebecca A Jenks, Nele Demeyere
Objectives: This study replicates and extends the findings of previous research (Wright, H., & Jenks, R. A. (2016). Sex on the brain! Associations between sexual activity and cognitive function in older age. Age and Ageing, 45, 313-317. doi:10.1093/ageing/afv197) which found a significant association between sexual activity (SA) and cognitive function in older adults. Specifically, this study aimed to generalize these findings to a range of cognitive domains, and to assess whether increasing SA frequency is associated with increasing scores on a variety of cognitive tasks...
June 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645061/the-neurochemical-consequences-of-methamphetamine-self-administration-in-male-and-female-rats
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Andrew Johansen, Lisa M McFadden
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (METH) is an addictive substance that is used in both males and females. Few preclinical studies have focused on understanding sex-differences in the neurochemical consequences of contingent METH. The purpose of the current study was to investigate potential sex-differences in the neurochemical consequences of METH self-administration. METHODS: Male and female adult rats were given extended access to METH or saline self-administration for 7d...
June 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642689/integrating-neural-circuits-controlling-female-sexual-behavior
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Paul E Micevych, Robert L Meisel
The hypothalamus is most often associated with innate behaviors such as is hunger, thirst and sex. While the expression of these behaviors important for survival of the individual or the species is nested within the hypothalamus, the desire (i.e., motivation) for them is centered within the mesolimbic reward circuitry. In this review, we will use female sexual behavior as a model to examine the interaction of these circuits. We will examine the evidence for a hypothalamic circuit that regulates consummatory aspects of reproductive behavior, i...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641524/the-bio-psycho-social-dimension-in-women-s-sexual-desire-argumentum-ad-novitatem
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Nur Syazwani Roslan, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Hatta Sidi, Najwa Baharuddin, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Nik Hazlina Nik Hussein
Sexual desire includes complex motivation and drive. In the context of biological and cognitive-emotive state art of science, it is often a neglected field in medicine. With regard to the treatment, study on women's sexual function received less attention compared to the men's sexuality. In the past, this endeavor was relatively not well disseminated in the scientific community. Recently, there was a revolutionized surge of drug targets available to treat women with low sexual desire. It is timely to review the relevant biological approach, especially in the context of pharmacotherapy to understand this interesting clinical entity which was modulated by numerous interactive psychosocial inter-play and factors...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627133/mesocorticolimbic-hemodynamic-response-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-compulsive-behaviors
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Daniel O Claassen, Adam J Stark, Charis A Spears, Kalen J Petersen, Nelleke C van Wouwe, Robert M Kessler, David H Zald, Manus J Donahue
BACKGROUND: PD patients treated with dopamine therapy can develop maladaptive impulsive and compulsive behaviors, manifesting as repetitive participation in reward-driven activities. This behavioral phenotype implicates aberrant mesocorticolimbic network function, a concept supported by past literature. However, no study has investigated the acute hemodynamic response to dopamine agonists in this subpopulation. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that dopamine agonists differentially alter mesocortical and mesolimbic network activity in patients with impulsive-compulsive behaviors...
June 19, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625390/dopamine-protects-cerebral-autoregulation-and-prevents-hippocampal-necrosis-after-traumatic-brain-injury-via-block-of-erk-mapk-in-juvenile-pigs
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Victor Curvello, Hugh Hekierski, Philip Pastor, Monica S Vavilala, William M Armstead
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to morbidity in children, and more boys experience TBI. Cerebral autoregulation is impaired after TBI, contributing to poor outcome. Cerebral Perfusion Pressure (CPP) is often normalized by use of vasoactive agents to increase mean arterial pressure (MAP). In prior studies of newborn and juvenile pigs, vasoactive agent choice influenced outcome after TBI as a function of age and sex, with none protecting cerebral autoregulation in both ages and sexes. Dopamine (DA) prevents impairment of cerebral autoregulation in male and female newborn pigs via inhibition of upregulation of ERK mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) after fluid percussion injury (FPI)...
June 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623767/an-examination-of-the-roles-of-glutamate-and-sex-in-latent-inhibition-relevance-to-the-glutamate-hypothesis-of-schizophrenia
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Andrew Chih Wei Huang, Alan Bo-Han He, Chih-Chung Chen
The present study examined the effects of the glutamate receptor antagonist MK-801, the glutamate receptor agonist N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), and sexual dimorphism on latent inhibition to elucidate the glutamate hypothesis of schizophrenia. During the pre-exposure phase, 56 male and 65 female Wistar rats were intracerebroventricularly administered normal saline, MK-801 or NMDA, in the left ventricle and then exposed to a passive avoidance box (or a different context) in three trials over 3 days. Then, all of the rats were placed in the light compartment of the passive avoidance box and were allowed to enter the dark compartment, where they each received a footshock (1mA, 2s) in five trials over 5 days...
June 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605453/malignant-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma-272-patients-over-55-years
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Oksana Hamidi, William F Young, Nicole M Iñiguez-Ariza, Nana Esi Kittah, Lucinda Gruber, Cristian Bancos, Shrikant Tamhane, Irina Bancos
Context: Malignant pheochromocytoma (PHEO) and paraganglioma (PGL) are rare and knowledge of the natural history is limited. Objective: We aimed to describe baseline characteristics and outcomes of patients with malignant PHEO and PGL (PPGL) and to identify predictors of shorter survival. Design: Retrospective review of patients with malignant PPGL evaluated from 1960 to 2016. Setting: Referral center. Patients: The group comprised 272 patients...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591782/sex-dependent-effects-of-stress-on-immobility-behavior-and-vta-dopamine-neuron-activity-modulation-by-ketamine
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Millie Rincón-Cortés, Anthony A Grace
Background: Stress constitutes a risk factor across several psychiatric disorders. Moreover, females are more susceptible to stress-related disorders, such as depression, than males. Although dopamine (DA) system underactivation is implicated in the pathophysiology of depression, little is known about the female DA system at baseline and post-stress. Methods: The effects of chronic mild stress (CMS) were examined on ventral tegmental area (VTA) DA neuron activity and forced swim test (FST) immobility by comparing male and female rats...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589265/effects-of-ketamine-on-the-unconditioned-and-conditioned-locomotor-activity-of-preadolescent-and-adolescent-rats-impact-of-age-sex-and-drug-dose
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Sanders A McDougall, Andrea E Moran, Timothy J Baum, Matthew G Apodaca, Vanessa Real
RATIONALE: Ketamine is used by preadolescent and adolescent humans for licit and illicit purposes. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the present study was to determine the effects of acute and repeated ketamine treatment on the unconditioned behaviors and conditioned locomotor activity of preadolescent and adolescent rats. METHODS: To assess unconditioned behaviors, female and male rats were injected with ketamine (5-40 mg/kg), and distance traveled was measured on postnatal day (PD) 21-25 or PD 41-45...
June 7, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576546/d2-d3-dopamine-receptor-binding-with-f-18-fallypride-correlates-of-executive-function-in-medication-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Nora S Vyas, Monte S Buchsbaum, Douglas S Lehrer, Brian M Merrill, Alex DeCastro, Nicholas A Doninger, Bradley T Christian, Jogeshwar Mukherjee
Converging evidence indicates that the prefrontal cortex is critically involved in executive control and that executive dysfunction is implicated in schizophrenia. Reduced dopamine D2/D3 receptor binding potential has been reported in schizophrenia, and the correlations with neuropsychological test scores have been positive and negative for different tasks. The aim of this study was to examine the relation between dopamine D2/D3 receptor levels with frontal and temporal neurocognitive performance in schizophrenia...
May 30, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548579/genetic-variation-of-the-mu-opioid-receptor-oprm1-and-dopamine-d2-receptor-drd2-is-related-to-smoking-differences-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-but-not-bipolar-disorder
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Mika Hirasawa-Fujita, Michael J Bly, Vicki L Ellingrod, Gregory W Dalack, Edward F Domino
It is not known why mentally ill persons smoke excessively. Inasmuch as endogenous opioid and dopaminergic systems are involved in smoking reinforcement, it is important to study mu opioid receptor (OPRM1) A118G (rs1799971), dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) Taq1A (rs1800497) genotypes, and sex differences among patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Smokers and nonsmokers with schizophrenia (n=177) and bipolar disorder (n=113) were recruited and genotyped. They were classified into three groups: current smoker, former smoker, and never smoker by tobacco smoking status self-report...
December 0: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522735/d3-receptors-regulate-excitability-in-a-unique-class-of-prefrontal-pyramidal-cells
#17
Rebecca L Clarkson, Alayna T Liptak, Steven M Gee, Vikaas S Sohal, Kevin J Bender
The D3 dopamine receptor, a member of the Gi-coupled D2 family of dopamine receptors, is expressed throughout limbic circuits affected in neuropsychiatric disorders, including prefrontal cortex (PFC). These receptors are important for prefrontal executive function because pharmacological and genetic manipulations that affect prefrontal D3 receptors alter anxiety, social interaction, and reversal learning. However, the mechanisms by which D3 receptors regulate prefrontal circuits and whether D3 receptors regulate specific prefrontal subnetworks remains unknown...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489770/degeneration-of-corticofugal-fibers-in-a-patient-with-primary-progressive-freezing-gait-a-case-report
#18
Jeong Pyo Seo, Min Cheol Chang
RATIONALE: To report a patient with primary progressive freezing gait (PPFG) whose degeneration of corticofugal tract (CFT) from the supplementary motor area (SMA) was demonstrated using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). PATIENT CONCERNS: A 66-year-old woman presented with a solitary symptom of a sudden transient break on walking (i.e., freezing gait), which slowly progressed for 4 years. DIAGNOSES: Imaging evidence using magnetic resonance imaging and F-florinated-N-3-fluoropropyl-2-β-carboxymethoxy-3-β-(4-lodophenyl) nortropane positron emission tomography scanning was unremarkable, and our patient's symptom was not affected by dopamine agonist medication...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485313/clinical-characteristics-and-current-interventions-in-shock-patients-in-chinese-emergency-departments-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study
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Shu-Bin Guo, Yun-Xia Chen, Xue-Zhong Yu
BACKGROUND: Shock is a life-threatening condition in emergency departments (EDs) and is associated with a high mortality; however, its clinical characteristics and current interventions in China are seldom reported. This study investigated the clinical characteristics and current interventions of shock patients in Chinese EDs. METHODS: This multicenter prospective cohort study was conducted in the EDs of 33 academic hospitals in 16 Chinese provinces. Adult shock patients were enrolled from December 2013 to April 2014...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482339/sex-differences-in-forebrain-monoaminergic-response-to-song-performance
#20
Susan M Lyons, Keith W Sockman
In many species, successful reproduction is dependent on the ability to adjust social behavior in response to an ever-changing social environment. Because a sexual signal's value and meaning can differ between females and males, responses to those signals should also differ. One way individuals can modulate social behavior is through experience-dependent modulation of the sensory systems that process social signals. Central monoamines (norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin) modulate neural sensitivity to social stimuli and are key regulators of experience-dependent neuroplasticity in vertebrate sensory systems...
2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
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