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Xiaoxiao Lin, Christy A Itoga, Sharif Taha, Ming H Li, Ryan Chen, Kirolos Sami, Fulvia Berton, Walter Francesconi, Xiangmin Xu
Real-world stressors are complex and multimodal, involving physical, psychological, and social dimensions. However, the brain networks that mediate stress responses to these stimuli need to be further studied. We used c-Fos mapping in mice to characterize brain circuits activated by exposure to a single episode of multimodal stress (MMS), and compared these to circuits activated by electric foot shocks (EFS). We focused on characterizing c-Fos activity in stress-relevant brain regions including the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST)...
February 2018: Neurobiology of Stress
Amy E Perkins, Michelle K Piazza, Terrence Deak
Aging is associated with a substantial decline in the expression of social behavior, as well as increased neuroinflammation. Since immune activation and subsequent increased expression of cytokines can suppress social behavior in young rodents, we examined age and sex differences in microglia within brain regions critical to social behavior regulation (PVN, BNST, and MEA) as well as in the hippocampus. Adult (3-month) and aged (18-month) male and female F344 (N = 26, n = 5-8/group) rats were perfused and Iba-1 immunopositive microglia were assessed using unbiased stereology and optical density...
February 26, 2018: Neuroscience
Leandro A Oliveira, Lucas Gomes-de-Souza, Ricardo Benini, Carlos C Crestani
The aims of the present study were to assess an interaction of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neurotransmission within the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) with local nitrergic signaling, as well as to investigate an involvement of activation of local NMDA glutamate receptor and nitric oxide (NO) signaling in control of cardiovascular responses to acute restraint stress by BNST CRF neurotransmission in rats. We observed that CRF microinjection into the BNST increased local NO release during restraint stress...
January 12, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Dilip Verma, Ramon Tasan, Guenther Sperk, Hans-Christian Pape
The anterior bed nucleus of stria terminalis (BNST) is involved in reinstatement of extinguished fear, and neuropeptide Y2 receptors influence local synaptic signaling. Therefore, we hypothesized that Y2 receptors in anteroventral BNST (BNSTav) interfere with remote fear memory and that previous fear extinction is an important variable. C57BL/6NCrl mice were fear-conditioned, and a Y2 receptor-specific agonist (NPY3-36) or antagonist (JNJ-5207787) was applied in BNSTav before fear retrieval at the following day...
February 2, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Salvatore Torrisi, Adam X Gorka, Javier Gonzalez-Castillo, Katherine O'Connell, Nicholas Balderston, Christian Grillon, Monique Ernst
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and central amygdala (CeA) of the extended amygdala are small, anatomically interconnected brain regions. They are thought to mediate responses to sustained, unpredictable threat stimuli and phasic, predictable threat stimuli, respectively. They perform these operations largely through their interconnected networks. In two previous studies, we mapped and contrasted the resting functional connectivity networks of the BNST and CeA at 7 Tesla with high resolution...
January 31, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Brendan D Hare, Tina M Thornton, Mercedes Rincon, Borivoj Golijanin, S Bradley King, Diane M Jaworski, William A Falls
Recent reports demonstrate that DNA damage is induced, and rapidly repaired, in circuits activated by experience. Moreover, stress hormones are known to slow DNA repair, suggesting that prolonged stress may result in persistent DNA damage. Prolonged stress is known to negatively impact physical and mental health; however, DNA damage as a factor in stress pathology has only begun to be explored. Histone H2A-X phosphorylated at serine 139 (γH2AX) is a marker of DNA double strand breaks (DSB), a type of damage that may lead to cell death if unrepaired...
January 15, 2018: Neuroscience
Anthony C Johnson, Rocco Latorre, Casey O Ligon, Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld
In vivo optogenetics identifies brain circuits controlling behaviors in conscious animals by using light to alter neuronal function and offers a novel tool to study the brain-gut axis. Using adenoviral-mediated expression, we aimed to investigate whether photoactivation with channelrhodopsin (ChR2) or photoinhibition with halorhodopsin (HR3.0) of fibers originating from the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) at the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) had any effect on colonic sensitivity. We also investigated whether that there was any deleterious effect of the adenovirus on the neuronal population or the neuronal phenotype within the CeA-BNST circuitry activated during the optogenetic stimulation...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Sarah Ch'ng, Jingjing Fu, Robyn M Brown, Stuart J McDougall, Andrew J Lawrence
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is widely acknowledged as a brain structure that regulates stress and anxiety states, as well as aversive and appetitive behaviours. The diverse roles of the BNST are afforded by its highly modular organisation, neurochemical heterogeneity, and complex intrinsic and extrinsic circuitry. There has been growing interest in the BNST in relation to psychopathologies such as anxiety and addiction. Although research on the human BNST is still in its infancy, there have been extensive preclinical studies examining the molecular signature and hodology of the BNST and their involvement in stress and reward seeking behaviour...
January 9, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
C M Mazzone, D Pati, M Michaelides, J DiBerto, J H Fox, G Tipton, C Anderson, K Duffy, J M McKlveen, J A Hardaway, S T Magness, W A Falls, S E Hammack, Z A McElligott, Y L Hurd, T L Kash
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January 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Lotta Winter, Ivo Heitland, Assel Saryyeva, Götz Lütjens, Kerstin Schwabe, Hans E Heissler, Mesbah Alam, Kai G Kahl, Joachim K Krauss
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been introduced as a treatment option for treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, the optimal stimulation target and the corresponding simulation settings remain unclear. Furthermore, there is limited knowledge about the acute effects of DBS. METHODS: In three patients with treatment-resistant OCD, DBS electrodes were implanted in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis/internal capsule (BNST/IC)...
December 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Diana L Williams, Nicole A Lilly, Ian J Edwards, Pallas Yao, James E Richards, Stefan Trapp
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) injected into the brain reduces food intake. Similarly, activation of preproglucagon (PPG) cells in the hindbrain which synthesize GLP-1, reduces food intake. However, it is far from clear whether this happens because of satiety, nausea, reduced reward, or even stress. Here we explore the role of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), an area involved in feeding control as well as stress responses, in GLP-1 responses. Using cre-expressing mice we visualized projections of NTS PPG neurons and GLP-1R-expressing BNST cells with AAV-driven Channelrhodopsin-YFP expression...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Fengqin He, Zijian Wang, Guanlin Guo
Oestrogen has both anxiogenic and anxiolytic effects because of variation in opposing action on alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) estrogen receptors in the medial preoptic area (mPOA), bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and medial amygdala (MeA). Oxytocin (OT) reverses some of the anxiogenic effects of oestrogen in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and supraoptic nucleus (SON). Because anxiety disorders are twice as common in women as in men, and oestrogen and OT are more important in females, we examined interactions between prenatal restraint stress (GS) and postnatal early short-term maternal separation (MS) and female mandarin vole behaviour, estrogen receptors and OT...
January 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
Andrea Franzini, Rebecca Ranieri, Orsola Gambini, Giuseppe Messina
BACKGROUND: Twiddler's syndrome consists of rotation or manipulation of an implantable pulse generator (IPG) in its subcutaneous pocket by a patient, thus causing hardware malfunction. METHODS: This syndrome is being reported more frequently in patients treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS). RESULTS: We report the case of a woman who had received bed nucleus of stria terminalis (BNST) electrodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and developed twiddler's syndrome a few months after surgery, causing hardware malfunction due to obsessive manipulation of the IPG...
February 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Lucas Barretto-de-Souza, Mariane B Adami, Leandro A Oliveira, Lucas Gomes-de-Souza, Josiane O Duarte, Jeferson Almeida, Carlos C Crestani
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) constitutes an important component of neural substrates of physiological and behavioral responses to aversive stimuli, and it has been implicated on cardiovascular responses evoked by stress. Nevertheless, the local neurochemical mechanisms involved in BNST control of cardiovascular responses during aversive threats are still poorly understood. Thus, the aim of the present study was to assess the involvement of activation in the BNST of the neuronal isoform of the enzyme nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), as well as of signaling mechanisms related to nitric oxide effects such as soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) and protein kinase G (PKG) on cardiovascular responses induced by an acute session of restraint stress in male rats...
January 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Chikashi Maruyama, Satoshi Deyama, Yusuke Nagano, Soichiro Ide, Katsuyuki Kaneda, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Masabumi Minami
Pain is a complex experience with both sensory and affective components. Clinical and preclinical studies have shown that the affective component of pain can be reduced by doses of morphine lower than those necessary to reduce the sensory component. Although the neural mechanisms underlying the effects of morphine on the sensory component of pain have been investigated extensively, those influencing the affective component remain to be elucidated. The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) has been implicated in the regulation of various negative emotional states, including aversion, anxiety and fear...
January 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
Walker S Pedersen, L Tugan Muftuler, Christine L Larson
Political conservatism is associated with an increased negativity bias, including increased attention and reactivity toward negative and threatening stimuli. Although the amygdala has been implicated in the human response to threatening stimuli, no studies to date have investigated whether conservatism is associated with altered amygdala function toward threat. Furthermore, although an influential theory (Davis et al., 2010) posits that connectivity between the amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is important in initiating the response to sustained or uncertain threat, whether individual differences in conservatism modulate this connectivity is unknown...
November 6, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Zoltán Péterfi, Erzsébet Farkas, Kata Nagyunyomi-Sényi, Andrea Kádár, Szenci Ottó, András Horváth, Tamás Füzesi, Ronald M Lechan, Csaba Fekete
Two anorexigenic peptides, thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and urocortin 3 (UCN3), are co-expressed in a continuous neuronal group that extends from the perifornical area to the bed nucleus of stria terminalis, raising the possibility that this cell group may be involved in the regulation of energy homeostasis. In this study, therefore, we tested the hypothesis that the TRH/UCN3 neurons regulate food intake by influencing feeding-related neuropeptide Y (NPY) and/or proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ARC)...
November 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
Lucas Albrechet-Souza, Thiago W Viola, Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira, Klaus A Miczek, Rosa M M de Almeida
Stress exposure has been identified as one risk factor for alcohol abuse that may facilitate the transition from social or regulated use to the development of alcohol dependence. Preclinical studies have shown that dysregulation of the corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) neurotransmission has been implicated in stress-related psychopathologies such as depression and anxiety, and may affect alcohol consumption. The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) contains CRF-producing neurons which seem to be sensitive to stress...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Leonie Brinkmann, Christine Buff, Katharina Feldker, Paula Neumeister, Carina Y Heitmann, David Hofmann, Maximilian Bruchmann, Martin J Herrmann, Thomas Straube
An influential framework suggests that the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) is involved in phasic responses to threat, while the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) mediates sustained anxiety. However, this model has been questioned, proposing that the role of the BNST is not limited to sustained threat contexts. Rather, amygdala and BNST also seem to work in concert in the processing of discrete and briefly presented threat-related stimuli, likely dependent on inter-individual differences in anxiety...
February 1, 2018: NeuroImage
Natalia Duque-Wilckens, Michael Q Steinman, Marta Busnelli, Bice Chini, Sae Yokoyama, Mary Pham, Sarah A Laredo, Rebecca Hao, Allison M Perkeybile, Vanessa A Minie, Phillip B Tan, Karen L Bales, Brian C Trainor
BACKGROUND: The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) is a key regulator of social and emotional behaviors. The effects of OT are context dependent, and it has been proposed that OT increases the salience of both positive and negative social cues. Here we tested whether the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) mediates anxiogenic effects of OT. METHODS: First, we studied the effects of systemic administration of an OT receptor (OTR) antagonist L-368,899 on social behavior in male and female California mice exposed to social defeat...
September 14, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
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