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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
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684394/tg-th-cre-fi172gsat-th-cre-defines-neurons-that-are-required-for-full-hypercapnic-and-hypoxic-reflexes
#2
Jenny J Sun, Russell S Ray
The catecholaminergic system has been implicated in many facets of breathing control and offers an important target to better comprehend the underlying etiologies of both developmental and adult respiratory pathophysiologies. Here we used a noninvasive DREADD based pharmaco-genetic approach to acutely perturb Tg(Th-Cre)FI172Gsat (Th-Cre) defined neurons in awake and unrestrained mice in an attempt to characterize catecholaminergic function in breathing. We report that clozapine-N-oxide (CNO)-DREADD mediated inhibition of Th-Cre defined neurons results in blunted ventilatory responses under respiratory challenge...
July 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680103/chemogenetic-silencing-of-gabaergic-dorsal-horn-interneurons-induces-morphine-resistant-spontaneous-nocifensive-behaviours
#3
Keisuke Koga, Kensho Kanehisa, Yuta Kohro, Miho Shiratori-Hayashi, Hidetoshi Tozaki-Saitoh, Kazuhide Inoue, Hidemasa Furue, Makoto Tsuda
Inhibitory interneurons in the spinal dorsal horn (SDH) are crucial for processing somatosensory information originating in the periphery. However, the effects of the acute and selective inactivation of GABAergic SDH interneurons on pain processing are not fully understood. In this study, we used designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD) technology and vesicular GABA transporter-Cre (Vgat-Cre) mice to selectively express a modified human muscarinic Gi protein-coupled receptor (hM4Di) in Vgat-Cre (+) GABAergic SDH interneurons in the fourth lumbar segment...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677202/dreadd-induced-silencing-of-the-medial-amygdala-reduces-the-preference-for-male-pheromones-and-the-expression-of-lordosis-in-estrous-female-mice
#4
Elizabeth A McCarthy, Arman Maqsudlu, Matthew Bass, Sofia Georghiou, James A Cherry, Michael J Baum
Sexually naïve estrous female mice seek out male urinary pheromones; however, they initially display little receptive (lordosis) behavior in response to male mounts. Vomeronasal - accessory olfactory bulb inputs to the medial amygdala (Me) regulate courtship in female rodents. We used a reversible inhibitory chemogenetic technique (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs; DREADDs) to assess the contribution of Me signaling to females' preference for male pheromones and improvement in receptivity normally seen with repeated testing...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673934/activation-of-sf1-neurons-in-the-ventromedial-hypothalamus-by-dreadd-technology-increases-insulin-sensitivity-in-peripheral-tissues
#5
Eulalia A Coutinho, Shiki Okamoto, Ayako Wendy Ishikawa, Shigefumi Yokota, Nobuhiro Wada, Takahiro Hirabayashi, Kumiko Saito, Tatsuya Sato, Kazuyo Takagi, Chen-Chi Wang, Kenta Kobayashi, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Seiji Shioda, Yumiko Yoshimura, Yasuhiko Minokoshi
The ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) regulates glucose and energy metabolism in mammals. Optogenetic stimulation of VMH neurons that express steroidogenic factor 1 (SF1) induces hyperglycemia. However, leptin acting via the VMH stimulates whole-body glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity in some peripheral tissues, whereas this effect of leptin appears to be mediated by SF1 neurons. We examined the effects of activation of SF1 neurons with DREADD (designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs) technology...
July 3, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664926/memory-retention-involves-the-ventrolateral-orbitofrontal-cortex-comparison-with-the-basolateral-amygdala
#6
K S Zimmermann, C Li, D G Rainnie, K J Ressler, S L Gourley
The orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) is thought to link stimuli and actions with anticipated outcomes in order to sustain flexible behavior in an ever-changing environment. How it retains these associations to guide future behavior is less well-defined. Here we focused on one subregion of this heterogeneous structure, the ventrolateral OFC (VLO). CaMKII-driven inhibitory Gi-coupled Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) were infused and subsequently activated by their ligand Clozapine-N-oxide (CNO) in conjunction with fear extinction training (a form of aversive conditioning) and response-outcome conditioning (a form of appetitive conditioning)...
June 30, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664636/chemogenetic-inhibition-reveals-midline-thalamic-nuclei-and-thalamo-accumbens-projections-mediate-cocaine-seeking-in-rats
#7
Amanda M Wunsch, Lindsay M Yager, Elizabeth A Donckels, Calvin T Le, John F Neumaier, Susan M Ferguson
Drug addiction is a chronic disease that is shaped by alterations in neuronal function within the cortical-basal ganglia-thalamic circuit. However, our understanding of how this circuit regulates drug-seeking remains incomplete, and relapse rates remain high. The midline thalamic nuclei are an integral component of the cortical-basal ganglia-thalamic circuit and are poised to mediate addiction behaviors, including relapse. It is surprising that little research has examined the contribution of midline thalamic nuclei and their efferent projections in relapse...
June 30, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628036/arcuate-neuropeptide-y-inhibits-sympathetic-nerve-activity-via-multiple-neuropathways
#8
Zhigang Shi, Christopher J Madden, Virginia L Brooks
Obesity increases sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) via activation of proopiomelanocortin neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ArcN), and this action requires simultaneous withdrawal of tonic neuropeptide Y (NPY) sympathoinhibition. However, the sites and neurocircuitry by which NPY decreases SNA are unclear. Here, using designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) to selectively activate or inhibit ArcN NPY neurons expressing agouti-related peptide (AgRP) in mice, we have demonstrated that this neuronal population tonically suppresses splanchnic SNA (SSNA), arterial pressure, and heart rate via projections to the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH)...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623920/ketamine-induced-apoptosis-in-the-mouse-cerebral-cortex-follows-similar-characteristic-of-physiological-apoptosis-and-can-be-regulated-by-neuronal-activity
#9
Qi Wang, Feng-Yan Shen, Rong Zou, Jing-Jing Zheng, Xiang Yu, Ying-Wei Wang
The effects of general anesthetics on inducing neuronal apoptosis during early brain development are well-documented. However, since physiological apoptosis also occurs during this developmental window, it is important to determine whether anesthesia-induced apoptosis targets the same cell population as physiological apoptosis or different cell types altogether. To provide an adequate plane of surgery, ketamine was co-administered with dexmedetomidine. The apoptotic neurons in the mouse primary somatosensory cortex (S1) were quantitated by immunohistochemistry...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609587/chemogenetic-modulation-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-signalling-in-visual-attention-research
#10
REVIEW
Søren H Jørgensen, Ciarán Martin Fitzpatrick, Ulrik Gether, David P D Woldbye, Andreas T Sørensen
Attention is a fundamental cognitive process involved in nearly all aspects of life. Abnormal attentional control is a symptom of many neurological disorders, most notably recognized in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Although attentional performance and its malfunction has been a major area of investigation, it has proven difficult to accurately associate specific neuronal projections, cell types, neurotransmitter systems and receptors with distinct phenotypes owing to its complexity. In this MiniReview, we present a recently invented technology known as Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs)...
June 13, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502844/a-novel-approach-to-map-induced-activation-of-neuronal-networks-using-chemogenetics-and-functional-neuroimaging-in-rats-a-proof-of-concept-study-on-the-mesocorticolimbic-system
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Theresia J M Roelofs, Jeroen P H Verharen, Geralda A F van Tilborg, Linde Boekhoudt, Annette van der Toorn, Johannes W de Jong, Mieneke C M Luijendijk, Willem M Otte, Roger A H Adan, Rick M Dijkhuizen
Linking neural circuit activation at whole-brain level to neuronal activity at cellular level remains one of the major challenges in neuroscience research. We set up a novel functional neuroimaging approach to map global effects of locally induced activation of specific midbrain projection neurons using chemogenetics (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADD)-technology) combined with pharmacological magnetic resonance imaging (phMRI) in the rat mesocorticolimbic system. Chemogenetic activation of DREADD-targeted mesolimbic or mesocortical pathways, i...
May 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498919/chemicogenetic-restoration-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-to-amygdala-pathway-ameliorates-stress-induced-deficits
#12
Jing Wei, Ping Zhong, Luye Qin, Tao Tan, Zhen Yan
Corticosteroid stress hormones exert a profound impact on cognitive and emotional processes. Understanding the neuronal circuits that are altered by chronic stress is important for counteracting the detrimental effects of stress in a brain region- and cell type-specific manner. Using the chemogenetic tool, Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs), which enables the remote, noninvasive and long-lasting modulation of cellular activity and signal transduction in discrete neuronal populations in vivo, we sought to identify the specific pathways that play an essential role in stress responses...
May 11, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495999/%C3%AE-arrestin-mediated-regulation-of-the-human-ether-a-go-go-related-gene-herg-potassium-channel
#13
Matthew G Sangoi, Shawn M Lamothe, Jun Guo, Tonghua Yang, Wentao Li, Ellen G Avery, John T Fisher, Shetuan Zhang
The rapidly activating delayed rectifier K(+) channel (IKr) is encoded by the human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG), which is important for the repolarization of the cardiac action potential. Mutations in hERG or drugs can impair the function or decrease the expression level of hERG channels, leading to long QT syndrome (LQTS). Thus, it is important to understand hERG channel trafficking and its regulation. For this purpose, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which regulate a vast array of cellular processes, represent a useful route...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489327/new-directions-for-the-treatment-of-depression-targeting-the-photic-regulation-of-arousal-and-mood-pram-pathway
#14
REVIEW
Hannah E Bowrey, Morgan H James, Gary Aston-Jones
Both preclinical and clinical studies demonstrate that depression is strongly associated with reduced light availability, which in turn contributes to decreased function of brain regions that control mood. Here, we review findings that support a critical pathway for the control of mood that depends upon ambient light. We put forward a novel hypothesis, functionally linking retina to locus coeruleus (LC) in depression, and discuss the role of norepinephrine in affective disease. Finally, we discuss how utilizing the chemogenetic tool Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) to precisely control this retina-LC circuit may be used as a novel therapeutic to treat depression...
May 10, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472396/chronic-activation-of-hypothalamic-oxytocin-neurons-improves-cardiac-function-during-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-induced-heart-failure
#15
Kara Garrott, Jhansi Dyavanapalli, Edmund Cauley, Mary Kate Dwyer, Sarah Kuzmiak-Glancy, Xin Wang, David Mendelowitz, Matthew Kay
AIMS: A distinctive hallmark of heart failure (HF) is autonomic imbalance, consisting of increased sympathetic activity and decreased parasympathetic tone. Recent work suggests that activation of hypothalamic oxytocin (OXT) neurons could improve autonomic balance during HF. We hypothesized that a novel method of chronic selective activation of hypothalamic OXT neurons will improve cardiac function and reduce inflammation and fibrosis in a rat model of HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two groups of male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent trans-ascending aortic constriction (TAC) to induce left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy that progresses to HF...
May 2, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461695/a-hippocampus-to-prefrontal-cortex-neural-pathway-inhibits-food-motivation-through-glucagon-like-peptide-1-signaling
#16
T M Hsu, E E Noble, C M Liu, A M Cortella, V R Konanur, A N Suarez, D J Reiner, J D Hahn, M R Hayes, S E Kanoski
The hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) are traditionally associated with regulating memory and executive function, respectively. The contribution of these brain regions to food intake control, however, is poorly understood. The present study identifies a novel neural pathway through which monosynaptic glutamatergic ventral hippocampal field CA1 (vCA1) to mPFC connectivity inhibits food-motivated behaviors through vCA1 glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R). Results demonstrate that vCA1-targeted RNA interference-mediated GLP-1R knockdown increases motivated operant responding for palatable food...
May 2, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451710/thalamic-inputs-to-dorsomedial-striatum-are-involved-in-inhibitory-control-evidence-from-the-five-choice-serial-reaction-time-task-in-rats
#17
Jasjot Saund, Daniel Dautan, Claire Rostron, Gonzalo P Urcelay, Todor V Gerdjikov
RATIONALE: Corticostriatal circuits are widely implicated in the top-down control of attention including inhibitory control and behavioural flexibility. However, recent neurophysiological evidence also suggests a role for thalamic inputs to striatum in behaviours related to salient, reward-paired cues. OBJECTIVES: Here, we used designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) to investigate the role of parafascicular (Pf) thalamic inputs to the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) using the five-choice serial reaction time task (5CSRTT) in rats...
April 28, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425495/the-biglen-gpr171-peptide-receptor-system-within-the-basolateral-amygdala-regulates-anxiety-like-behavior-and-contextual-fear-conditioning
#18
Erin N Bobeck, Ivone Gomes, Darlene Pena, Kirstie A Cummings, Roger L Clem, Mihaly Mezei, Lakshmi A Devi
Studies show that neuropeptide-receptor systems in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) play an important role in the pathology of anxiety and other mood disorders. Since GPR171, a recently deorphanized receptor for the abundant neuropeptide BigLEN, is expressed in the BLA, we investigated its role in fear and anxiety-like behaviors. To carry out these studies we identified small molecule ligands using a homology model of GPR171 to virtually screen a library of compounds. One of the hits, MS0021570_1, was identified as a GPR171 antagonist based on its ability to block (i) BigLEN-mediated activation of GPR171 in heterologous cells, (ii) BigLEN-mediated hyperpolarization of BLA pyramidal neurons, and (iii) feeding induced by DREADD-mediated activation of BigLEN containing AgRP neurons in the arcuate nucleus...
April 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420875/down-regulation-of-cholinergic-signaling-in-the-habenula-induces-anhedonia-like-behavior
#19
Seungrie Han, Soo Hyun Yang, Jin Yong Kim, Seojung Mo, Esther Yang, Ki Myung Song, Byung-Joo Ham, Naguib Mechawar, Gustavo Turecki, Hyun Woo Lee, Hyun Kim
Dysfunction of cholinergic signaling in the brain has long been believed to be associated with depressive disorders. However, the functional impact of habenular cholinergic signaling on the specified depressive behaviors is not well understood. Here, we demonstrated that the expression levels of cholinergic signaling genes (CHAT, VACHT, CHT, CHRNA3, CHRNB3 and CHRNB4) were down-regulated in a chronic restraint stress (CRS) rat model of depression, in which rats display depression-like behaviors such as anhedonia and mood despair...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414301/striatopallidal-dysfunction-underlies-repetitive-behavior-in-shank3-deficient-model-of-autism
#20
Wenting Wang, Chenchen Li, Qian Chen, Marie-Sophie van der Goes, James Hawrot, Annie Y Yao, Xian Gao, Congyi Lu, Ying Zang, Qiangge Zhang, Katherine Lyman, Dongqing Wang, Baolin Guo, Shengxi Wu, Charles R Gerfen, Zhanyan Fu, Guoping Feng
The postsynaptic scaffolding protein SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 3 (SHANK3) is critical for the development and function of glutamatergic synapses. Disruption of the SHANK3-encoding gene has been strongly implicated as a monogenic cause of autism, and Shank3 mutant mice show repetitive grooming and social interaction deficits. Although basal ganglia dysfunction has been proposed to underlie repetitive behaviors, few studies have provided direct evidence to support this notion and the exact cellular mechanisms remain largely unknown...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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