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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081472/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-apoptosis-via-perk-eif2%C3%AE-chop-signaling-in-the-methamphetamine-induced-chronic-pulmonary-injury
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Yu-Han Gu, Yun Wang, Yang Bai, Ming Liu, Huai-Liang Wang
Methamphetamine (MA) leads to multiple organs lesions and apoptosis. The aim of this study is to investigate if endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) - initiated apoptosis is involved in the chronic pulmonary injury induced by MA. In this study, rats were divided into a control group, methamphetamine 5mg/kg group and methamphetamine 10mg/kg group. This study found that the protein level of GRP78 is higher in M10 group than in control group. PERK signaling and the relevant apoptosis factors were also activated...
January 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070621/behavioral-evidence-for-the-abuse-potential-of-the-novel-synthetic-cathinone-alpha-pyrrolidinopentiothiophenone-pvt-in-rodents
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Jae Hoon Cheong, Mee Jung Choi, Choon-Gon Jang, Yong Sup Lee, Sooyeun Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Joung-Wook Seo, Seong Shoon Yoon
RATIONALE: Synthetic cathinones are chemical derivatives of cathinone that are pharmacologically similar to cocaine and methamphetamine. Recently, abuse of synthetic cathinones among young people has increased. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to characterize the behavioral effects of alpha-pyrrolidinopentiothiophenone (PVT), an analog of alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone and second-generation synthetic cathinone, as well as to evaluate its abuse potential, using conditioned place preference, intravenous self-administration (SA), and drug discrimination paradigms in rodent models...
January 9, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063946/the-abuse-potential-of-two-novel-synthetic-cathinones-with-modification-on-the-alpha-carbon-position-2-cyclohexyl-2-methylamino-1-phenylethanone-machp-and-2-methylamino-1-phenyloctan-1-one-maop-and-their-effects-on-dopaminergic-activity
#3
Chrislean Jun Botanas, Seong Shoon Yoon, June Bryan de la Peña, Irene Joy Dela Peña, Mikyung Kim, Taeseon Woo, Joung-Wook Seo, Choon-Gon Jang, Kyung-Tae Park, Young Hun Lee, Yong Sup Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Jae Hoon Cheong
The recreational use of synthetic cathinones has dramatically increased in recent years, which is partly due to easy accessibility and ability of synthetic cathinones to exert rewarding effects similar to cocaine and methamphetamine. Many synthetic cathinones have already been scheduled in several countries; however, novel and diverse synthetic cathinones are emerging at an unprecedented rate, often outpacing regulatory processes. Recently, designer modifications of the basic cathinone molecule are usually performed on the alpha-carbon position...
January 4, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051103/maladaptive-sex-behavior-following-concurrent-methamphetamine-and-sexual-experience-in-male-rats-is-associated-with-altered-neural-activity-in-frontal-cortex
#4
Lindsey B Kuiper, Karla S Frohmader, Lique M Coolen
The use of psychostimulants is often associated with hypersexuality, and psychostimulant users have identified the effects of drug on sexual behavior as a reason for further use. It was previously demonstrated that methamphetamine (Meth), when administered concurrently with sexual behavior show impairment of inhibition of sexual behavior in a conditioned sex aversion (CSA) paradigm where mating is paired with illness. This is indicative of maladaptive sex behavior following Meth and sex experience. The present study examined the neural pathways activated during inhibition of sexual behavior and the effects of concurrent Meth and sexual behavior on neural activity in these pathways, using ERK phosphorylation (pERK) as neural activity marker...
January 4, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035393/fluoxetine-protects-against-methamphetamine%C3%A2-induced-lung-inflammation-by-suppressing-oxidative-stress-through-the-sert-p38-mapk-nrf2-pathway-in-rats
#5
Yun Wang, Yu-Han Gu, Ming Liu, Yang Bai, Huai-Liang Wang
Methamphetamine (MA) abuse is a major public health and safety concern throughout the world and a growing burden on healthcare costs. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of fluoxetine against MA‑induced chronic pulmonary inflammation and to evaluate the potential role of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-mediated antioxidative stress. Wistar rats were divided into control, MA and two fluoxetine‑treated groups. Rats in the MA and the two fluoxetine‑treated groups were treated daily with intraperitoneal injection of 10 mg/kg MA twice daily...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025975/incubation-of-methamphetamine-but-not-heroin-craving-after-voluntary-abstinence-in-male-and-female-rats
#6
Marco Venniro, Michelle Zhang, Yavin Shaham, Daniele Caprioli
We recently introduced an animal model of incubation of methamphetamine craving after choice-based voluntary abstinence in male rats. Here, we studied the generality of this phenomenon to (1) female rats, and (2) male and female rats with a history of heroin self-administration. We first trained rats to self-administer palatable food pellets for 6 days (6 h/day) for either methamphetamine (0.1 mg/kg/infusion) or heroin (0.1 mg/kg/infusion) for 12 days (6 h/day). We then assessed relapse to drug seeking in extinction tests after 1 and 21 abstinence days...
December 27, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006940/does-effect-from-developmental-methamphetamine-exposure-on-spatial-learning-and-memory-depend-on-stage-of-neuroontogeny
#7
I Hrebíčková, M Ševčíková, K Nohejlová, R Šlamberová
Psychostimulants, including methamphetamine (MA), have neurotoxic effect, especially, if they are targeting CNS during its critical periods of development. The present study was aimed to examine cognitive changes after prenatal and neonatal MA treatment in combination with chronic MA exposure in adulthood of male rats. Eight groups of male rats were tested in adulthood: males whose mothers were exposed to MA (5 mg/kg) or saline (SA, 1 ml/kg) during the first half of gestation period (GD 1-11), the second half of gestation period (GD 12-22) and neonatal period (PD 1-11)...
December 22, 2016: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993694/effects-of-chronic-methamphetamine-on-psychomotor-and-cognitive-functions-and-dopamine-signaling-in-the-brain
#8
Panayotis K Thanos, Ronald Kim, Foteini Delis, Mark J Rocco, Jacob Cho, Nora D Volkow
Methamphetamine (MA) studies in animals usually involve acute, binge, or short-term exposure to the drug. However, addicts take substantial amounts of MA for extended periods of time. Here we wished to study the effects of MA exposure on brain and behavior, using an animal model analogous to this pattern of MA intake. MA doses, 4 and 8mg/kg/day, were based on previously reported average daily freely available MA self-administration levels. We examined the effects of 16 week MA treatment on psychomotor and cognitive function in the rat using open field and novel object recognition tests and we studied the adaptations of the dopaminergic system, using in vitro and in vivo receptor imaging...
March 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989838/opioid-gene-expression-changes-and-post-translational-histone-modifications-at-promoter-regions-in-the-rat-nucleus-accumbens-after-acute-and-repeated-3-4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine-mdma-exposure
#9
Francesca Felicia Caputi, Martina Palmisano, Lucia Carboni, Sanzio Candeletti, Patrizia Romualdi
The recreational drug of abuse 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) has been shown to produce neurotoxic damage and long-lasting changes in several brain areas. In addition to the involvement of serotoninergic and dopaminergic systems, little information exists about the contribution of nociceptin/orphaninFQ (N/OFQ)-NOP and dynorphin (DYN)-KOP systems in neuronal adaptations evoked by MDMA. Here we investigated the behavioral and molecular effects induced by acute (8mg/kg) or repeated (8mg/kg twice daily for seven days) MDMA exposure...
October 29, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986625/gz-793a-inhibits-the-neurochemical-effects-of-methamphetamine-via-a-selective-interaction-with-the-vesicular-monoamine-transporter-2
#10
Justin R Nickell, Kiran B Siripurapu, David B Horton, Guangrong Zheng, Peter A Crooks, Linda P Dwoskin
Lobeline and lobelane inhibit the behavioral and neurochemical effects of methamphetamine via an interaction with the vesicular monoamine transporter-2 (VMAT2). However, lobeline has high affinity for nicotinic receptors, and tolerance develops to the behavioral effects of lobelane. A water-soluble analog of lobelane, R-N-(1,2-dihydroxypropyl)-2,6-cis-di-(4-methoxyphenethyl)piperidine hydrochloride (GZ-793A), also interacts selectively with VMAT2 to inhibit the effects of methamphetamine, but does not produce behavioral tolerance...
December 13, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984094/selegiline-induces-a-wake-promoting-effect-in-rats-which-is-related-to-formation-of-its-active-metabolites
#11
Christoffer Bundgaard, Liliana P Montezinho, Neil Anderson, Christian Thomsen, Arne Mørk
The goal of the present work was to characterise the effects of selegiline on the rat sleep pattern. Furthermore, for comparative purposes, the pharmacokinetics of selegiline and its metabolites in brain and plasma were investigated, and microdialysis experiments were performed to examine the resulting effect on dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin levels. Selegiline (1, 5, 10 and 30mg/kg) was found to dose-dependently increase the time spent awake following acute dosing. The pharmacokinetic assessment of selegiline showed that, following an oral dose of 5mg/kg, low circulating levels of the parent compound were found relative to those of biotransformed l-methamphetamine and l-amphetamine...
October 28, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980115/role-of-dorsomedial-striatum-neuronal-ensembles-in-incubation-of-methamphetamine-craving-after-voluntary-abstinence
#12
Daniele Caprioli, Marco Venniro, Michelle Zhang, Jennifer M Bossert, Brandon L Warren, Bruce T Hope, Yavin Shaham
: We recently developed a rat model of incubation of methamphetamine craving after choice-based voluntary abstinence. Here, we studied the role of dorsolateral and dorsomedial striatum (DLS, DMS) in this incubation.We trained rats to self-administer palatable food pellets (6 days, 6-h/d) and methamphetamine (12 days, 6-h/d). We then assessed relapse to methamphetamine seeking under extinction conditions after 1 and 21 abstinence days. Between tests, the rats underwent voluntary abstinence (using a discrete choice procedure between methamphetamine and food; 20 trials/day) for 19 days...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939691/frequency-dependent-transient-effects-of-subthalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-on-methamphetamine-induced-circling-and-neuronal-activity-in-the-hemiparkinsonian-rat
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Rosa Q So, George C McConnell, Warren M Grill
Methamphetamine-induced circling is used to quantify the behavioral effects of subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in hemiparkinsonian rats. We observed a frequency-dependent transient effect of DBS on circling, and quantified this effect to determine its neuronal basis. High frequency STN DBS (75-260Hz) resulted in transient circling contralateral to the lesion at the onset of stimulation, which was not sustained after the first several seconds of stimulation. Following the transient behavioral change, DBS resulted in a frequency-dependent steady-state reduction in pathological ipsilateral circling, but no change in overall movement...
March 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939341/the-effects-of-varenicline-on-methamphetamine-self-administration-and-drug-primed-reinstatement-in-male-rats
#14
Steven T Pittenger, Scott T Barrett, Shinnyi Chou, Rick A Bevins
Methamphetamine (meth) addiction is a costly burden to both the individual user and society as a whole. Establishing effective pharmacotherapies to treat meth dependence is needed to help solve this health problem. The study reported herein examined the effects of varenicline, a partial α4β2 and full α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist, on meth self-administration and reinstatement in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Following indwelling jugular catheter surgery, rats were either trained to self-administer meth or saline on a variable ratio (VR) 3 schedule of reinforcement...
March 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930896/can-anxiety-tested-in-the-elevated-plus-maze-be-related-to-nociception-sensitivity-in-adult-male-rats
#15
Marie Pometlová, Anna Yamamotová, Kateryna Nohejlová, Romana Šlamberová
Methamphetamine (MA) is one of the most addictive psychostimulant drugs with a high potential for abuse. Our previous studies demonstrated that MA administered to pregnant rats increases pain sensitivity and anxiety in their adult offspring and makes them more sensitive to acute administration of the same drug in adulthood. Because individuals can differ considerably in terms of behaviour and physiology, such as rats that do not belong in some characteristics (e.g. anxiety) to average, can be described as low-responders or high-responders, are then more or less sensitive to pain...
2016: Prague Medical Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896377/self-administration-and-behavioral-economics-of-second-generation-synthetic-cathinones-in-male-rats
#16
S L Huskinson, J E Naylor, E A Townsend, J K Rowlett, B E Blough, K B Freeman
RATIONALE: Synthetic cathinones have become increasingly available as drugs of abuse. Distribution of these drugs is made possible by altering the chemical structures of prohibited cathinones and marketing them under misleading labels. Very little is known about the relative reinforcing effectiveness of new synthetic cathinones relative to known drugs of abuse. OBJECTIVE: We examined self-administration of three second-generation synthetic cathinones: alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), 4-methyl-N-ethylcathinone (4-MEC), and 4-methyl-alpha-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (4-MePPP) relative to methamphetamine...
November 28, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888396/effects-of-administered-ethanol-and-methamphetamine-on-glial-glutamate-transporters-in-rat-striatum-and-hippocampus
#17
Fahad S Alshehri, Yusuf S Althobaiti, Youssef Sari
Exposure to ethanol (EtOH) or methamphetamine (MA) can lead to increase in extracellular glutamate concentration in the brain. Although studies from ours showed the effects of EtOH exposure on key glial glutamate transporters, little is known about the effects of sequential exposure to EtOH and MA or MA alone on certain glial glutamate transporters. In this study, we investigated the effects of sequential exposure to EtOH and MA on the expression of the major glutamate transporters, glutamate transporter 1 (GLT-1), as well as cystine/glutamate antiporter (xCT) and glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST) in striatum and hippocampus...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865801/long-term-cognitive-emotional-and-neurogenic-alterations-induced-by-alcohol-and-methamphetamine-exposure-in-adolescent-rats
#18
David Loxton, Juan J Canales
A high proportion of young methamphetamine (MA) users simultaneously consume alcohol. However, the potential neurological and behavioural alterations induced by such a drug combination have not been systematically examined. We studied in adolescent rats the long-term effects of alcohol, MA, and alcohol and MA combined on anxiety-like behaviour, memory, and neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus. Rats received saline, ethanol (ETOH, 1.5g/kg), MA (MA, 2mg/kg), or ethanol and MA combined (ETHOH-MA, 1.5g/kg ethanol plus 2mg/kg MA) via oral gavage, once daily for 5 consecutive days...
March 6, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862224/escalating-methamphetamine-regimen-induces-compensatory-mechanisms-mitochondrial-biogenesis-and-gdnf-expression-in-substantia-nigra
#19
Neda Valian, Abolhassan Ahmadiani, Leila Dargahi
Methamphetamine (MA) produces long-lasting deficits in dopaminergic neurons in the long-term use via several neurotoxic mechanisms. The effects of MA on mitochondrial biogenesis is less studied currently. So, we evaluated the effects of repeated escalating MA regimen on transcriptional factors involved in mitochondrial biogenesis and glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) expression in substantia nigra (SN) and striatum of rat. In male wistar rats, increasing doses of MA (1-14 mg/kg) were administrated twice a day for 14 days...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860181/methamphetamine-self-administration-reduces-alcohol-consumption-and-preference-in-alcohol-preferring-p-rats
#20
Madeline C Winkler, Emilee M Greager, Jacob Stafford, Ryan K Bachtell
Subclinical levels of polysubstance use are a prevalent and understudied phenomenon. Alcohol is a substance commonly co-used with other substances of other drug classes. These studies sought to determine the consumption effects of combining alcohol drinking and methamphetamine (MA) self-administration. Male alcohol-preferring P rats had continuous access to a two-bottle alcohol drinking procedure in the home cage. Control rats remained alcohol naïve. Rats were also surgically implanted with intra-jugular catheters and trained to self-administer saline (control) or MA in daily 2-hour sessions...
November 16, 2016: Addiction Biology
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